By Salim Badat
The unfortunate fact is that anyone holding a knife has a tremendous advantage over you, assuming you are not armed with a weapon. But there are practical guidelines that can dramatically improve your chances of surviving a vicious knife attack.
Beware! Most of the information about knife defence is wrong and will get you seriously injured or possibly killed in a self defence altercation!
Knife Defence Street Survival Tips
What follows are several knife defence tips that are taught in my self defence system. It is my hope that these knife defence tips can help reduce your chances of being the victim.
BE AWARE OF KNIVES.
Street criminals can hide knives or edged weapons anywhere Situational awareness is one of the best tools you have to prevent a knife attack from taking place.”
KNOW WHY CRIMINALS PREFER KNIVES OVER OTHER WEAPONS.
Here are some reasons:
Knife attacks are silent.
Knives don’t misfire or jam.
Knives do not require reloading.
Knives are easier to conceal.
Knives are easy to dispose.
Knives are symbolic to psychopaths.
Knives leave no ballistic clues.
Courts tend to be more lenient with knives than guns.
Knives are inexpensive.
Makeshift knives are relatively easy to create.
Street criminals know that very few citizens possess knife defence skills and more importantly criminals know it is very difficult to defend against a knife attack.
TRY TO ESCAPE FROM A KNIFE ATTACK IF POSSIBLE.
If you have the possibility to run and escape during the course of a knife attack, do it immediately! Try to quickly scan your environment for possible escape routes. Don’t let your ego or pride trap you into believing that it’s cowardly to run from a knife attack.
CREATE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND THE KNIFE ATTACKER.
When unarmed and defending against a knife attack, try to create as much distance as you can between you and the knife. Distance is a critical component of knife defence because it enhances your defensive reaction time and allows you to control your tactical options.
Keep in mind that the only time you want to be close to a knife is for disarming purposes and then only if this situation is absolutely unavoidable.
DON’T PANIC WHEN FACED WITH A KNIFE ATTACK.
People naturally freeze up when they are faced with a knife attack. This only makes it easier for your assailant to accomplish his nefarious mission. You must rise to the occasion and conjure all of spirit and courage to ward off the effects of fear, anxiety, and stress. You must be determined to fight your adversary to the death if necessary. The best way to prepare yourself for the psychological and emotional aspects of a knife attack is to regularly engage in realistic knife attack scenarios.”
RESPECT THE KNIFE.
The entertainment industry has done us a great disservice to the public by making everyone believe that a knife-wielding assailant can be neutralized easily with one swift kick, shoulder throw, or punch. It is not like that in the real world of self defence!
USE MAKESHIFT WEAPONS AGAINST THE KNIFE ATTACKER.. When confronted by a knife attacker, scan your environment for any makeshift weapon, especially for ones that can safely shield against stabs and slashes.
Knife defence skills and techniques must always be practical, simple and effective! The academy is conducting a knife defence workshop on the 14 September. 2016