Self-Defense Tip 129 Kicks vs. Knife Attacks

Kicking vs. knife

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Officers of Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) stab a man to death
Kicks vs. Knife — Officers of Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) stab a man to death

Ah, the stupidity of kicking without a good tactical setup, and on slippery ground too…. You see, a good tactical setup for your attack (which could be a defense), is such that your attack doesn’t run into the opponent’s weapons. Those weapons may be the opponent’s fists, elbows, knees, boots, knives, crowbars, whatever. And throwing your punches while being in front of the opponent, in his center line, puts you in the line of fire of all his weapons. It is even worse to kick while being in the opponent’s center line — because while kicking, you impair your mobility, duh, while still being in his line of fire, and you serve your leg for carving, which disables you. For mobility — for sidestepping, bobbing and weaving, moving to the opponent’s blind side — you need to keep both of your feet close to the ground, duh. Then, only after you are out of the opponent’s line of fire, and ideally on his blind side, then use your weapons.

See examples of bad and good tactical setup drills for kicks in High Kicks with Tactically Sound Setups.

BTW, the kicker was lucky to die there. It could be worse, the FSB officers could have taken him to an interrogation room).

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Self-defense tip from Thomas Kurz, co-author of Basic Instincts of Self-Defense and author of Science of Sports Training, Stretching Scientifically, and Flexibility Express.

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4 thoughts on “Self-Defense Tip 129 Kicks vs. Knife Attacks”

  1. That killed guy might had a chance had he KO the first officer. He hadn’t so then he had to fight two, one of which a knifer. So to kicking without a good setup, and on a slippery ground, add a third stupidity, punching without enough skill to KO quickly.

    1. I agree. You could say, punching without enough skill to KO a drunk quickly. It takes about two years of boxing to be sure a couple of landed punches will end a brawl.

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