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Defending Against a Knife
July 07, 2006
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Defending Against a Knife
by Shidoshi Jeffrey Miller
Some of the most frequently asked questions about what to do in a self-defense situation that I receive almost constantly, involves being attacked by an assailant armed with a knife or other edged, cutting-type weapon. And, although the scenarios, weapons, and the like are often different, the point remains clear...
..."what do I do to not die?"
Before I share a few secrets about this often misunderstood area of self-defense training, let me just say a something that you should really take to heart. I know this is going to sound, well, a little mean to some of you but, that's my job sometimes...
...to get a little bit in your face to make sure that you're really listening.
I could, of course, cover everything up and tell you that this is going to be simple and easy to do. But, I'd be lying - and you'd be dead.
No. What's easy is freezing up or panicking in the face of danger so you make a great target for the attacker and his weapon. That's easy.
Defending against a knife-wielding attacker is NOT easy. In fact, it should be avoided at all costs, unless...
Knife Defense Tactics should be seen as advanced training. After all, if you can't duck or avoid a determined attacker trying to hit or kick you, how in the world do you think you can do it against someone armed with a weapon that doesn't have to make hard impact to inflict damage?
If you really want to learn the most important elements for surviving a knife attack, you can get more information about the subject and my new video, "The Cutting-Edge: Surviving a Knife Attack" here...
That being said, here's a list of...
Strategies for Effectivelly Defending Against a Knife
This topic is such an important one that I'll be dedicating the next several issues to at least some part of the realm of knife-defense. In the meantime, you can get a free knife defense technique video clip, as-well-as a couple of unarmed defenses by going to this page: http://www.warrior-concepts-online.com/self-defense-videos.html
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The 4 Self-Defense Modes
Can you remember a time when you were scared or had at least been startled by a friend. How did you feel? What did you do in response to the incoming "attack?"
Believe it or not, this idea of the "feel" or "experience" associated with a self-defense response to attack is rarely, if ever, covered in conventional martial arts and self-defense schools. Instead, students are lead through step-by-step mechanical techniques by instructors who themselves have little to no real-world self-defense experience.
But, when you stop to think about your own experience with being startled or outright scared, you start to see that, not only did you have little-to-no control over certain aspects of your response (like the tightening of muscles as they reacted to the adrenaline, nepanephrine, and other chemicals hitting your bloodstream), but that you probably didn't react the same way all the time.
These two "realities" associated with human-response to danger are usually overlooked, ignored, or given only cursory attention by most and yet...
...they are at the core of not only "what" you will be able to do, but...
..."HOW" you will respond to your assailant's onslaught!
For our purposes here, I want to take a quick look at the basic, core emotional responses that may trigger you to move in one way or another as you try to deal with your attacker. It's very important to remember that no one response is to be seen as right or wrong (although certain martial arts and self-defense systems blindly adhere to one primary method as best), but rather as a possible response to specific threats and conditions, based on unique circumstances occurring in the moment.
The 4 Self-Defense Modes
Remember, each of these modes is a viable choice as a self-defense strategy but, at the base level of how we operate, it may be our body/mind's own prewired defense mechanisms, not our brain and accumulated knowledge that has more to say about "how" we actually defend than the philosophy of any martial art or self-defense style.
Something to think about, don't you "think?"
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