Police baton against knife attacker

There are so many articles and videos out there demonstrating the “correct” way to use a baton against a knife. The image with this article is the universally accepted and taught way to hold the baton. This is incorrect for a number of reasons.

  • The torso, a large target area, is fully exposed to stabs and slashes
  • If the free hand is in an extended position deterring the attacker from moving closer, this can also be slashed

The correct way to hold the baton is at a 45 degree angle close to the torso area with the following grip; dominant hand palm down, other hand palm up. This grip allows the defender to defend and counter stabs and/or slashes that are coming from any angle.

For a civilian this technique also works with an object such as a compact umbrella.

To find out more about these techniques please contact us.

About Dave Kay

Provided security for high net worth clients. Successfully gained Krav Maga Instructor Certification in Israel. Studied and successfully passed Sports Science degree. Led expeditions in mountain, jungle and other inhospitable environments. Regularly update skills and knowledge base in different combat sports. Specialties: Krav Maga, Self Defence, Boxing, Fitness training, Nutrition and Diet. Undertake mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, fell running, orienteering, mountain biking.
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