Knife attacks are becoming so common place. In order to significantly improve your chance of survival it is crucial to know how a knife attacker will strike, and learn countermeasure defences with the use of improvised weapons.

The article with outline how knife attacks happen, use of countermeasure tactics and most importantly,  how to avoid  a knife attacker.

Facing an attacker armed with a knife or another edged weapon is one of the most horrible situations you could ever imagine.  While many martial arts and defensive tactics systems claim to teach defences that will work against a knife attack, the more you learn about the brutality of knife attacks, the more you’ll realise there really are no guarantees of success for any unarmed defensive measures.

That is why we train defences using ‘everyday objects’ in a way that renders them effective weapons (These defences will not be addressed in this article) To gain real insight you have to train these defences.

Elements of Knife attacks

The following points will define the common elements of all knife attacks based on instinctive body mechanics.

  • Knife attacks start at close range
  • Typically, the weapon is not shown before the attack
  • Most people are right-handed, so most knife attacks are right-handed
  • Attackers typically use gross motor skills, which are primarily forehand movements
  • An attack will usually involve multiple repetitive motions( Like a sewing machine) not just a single cut or thrust
  • The non-weapon hand will  used to grab, strike or gauge the distance

Defending a knife attack

When defending knife attacks there must be working countermeasures against the realities of a knife attack. If it does not, it will fail on the street. Guardian Defences utilises a sequence of movements as a basis for all defence tactics. This sequence consists of the following instructions or steps

  • Minimise the risk of being hurt
  • Counter and disable the threat immediately using your chosen improvised weapon
  • If you can’t directly eliminate the danger and weapon-hand, maintain contact, control the attacking limb, and limit its mobility to the shoulder joint
  • If the non-weapon arm is stretched out and presented first, strike it with your weapon or try to control and use it as a barrier against the knife hand
  • Create the most ideal starting position, (boxers stance feet shoulder width apart)   so you can launch a powerful counter-attack that neutralises the aggressor

Unarmed Defences

At Guardian Defence we do teach unarmed defences but emphasise to only use these defence tactics if there is no other option.

Guardian Defence Weapon Defence Tactics

If you understand how knife attacks happen and train utilising the Guardian Defence method of using improvised weapons your chances of surviving a knife attack are significantly increased.

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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