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6 false ideas about knife attacks


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6 false ideas about knife attacks

What really happens in a knife attack that no one tells you.

When we talk about knife defense we often imagine the idea of ​​a duel or a fencing clash, but the video documentation (if you go to the Instagram profile you will find several videos of various types of attacks) and history of cases on attacks from knife demonstrate that the dynamics are going in another direction.

These simple 6 points want to explain to you what usually happens and this means a total change in your mentality regarding this topic.

It is important to note that discussing knife attacks is a serious and sensitive topic.

The information provided below is based on general data and is not intended to promote violence or the misuse of weapons.

Every situation can be different, and personal safety should always be the priority.

Here are six points that can dispel some misconceptions about knife attacks:

  1. It’s not like in the movies: Often in movies we see choreographed duels between the attacker and the victim, but in reality knife attacks are much faster and more chaotic. Attacks can be sudden and launched without warning.
  2. Surprise is a key factor: Many knife attacks happen in a surprising way. The attacker can quickly approach and attack without the victim having time to react. Prevention and attention to the surrounding environment are fundamental.
  3. There is not always a physical fight: Contrary to the image of a fencing fight, the aggressor often aims to inflict damage quickly and escape. Prolonged melee is not necessary.
  4. Injuries can be serious: Even a single knife wound can be fatal or cause serious damage. It is important to seek medical attention immediately if you suffer a knife wound.
  5. Escape is often the goal: Attackers usually try to escape after committing a knife attack. Their intention could be theft, sexual assault or other motivations. The victim’s priority should be to protect themselves and seek help.
  6. Prevention is key: The best defense against a knife attack is to prevent it. Being aware of your surroundings, avoiding risky situations and learning self-defense techniques can help reduce risk.

In any case, it is important to remember that personal safety should be a priority and trying to avoid dangerous situations is always the best choice.

In the event of an attack, try to save yourself and immediately call the competent authorities.

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Knife Fighting is not a game!

The false illusion about defending oneself from a knife attack

What I want to talk to you about is the false illusion you can have of someone who wants to seriously hurt you or even kill you where a duel will never happen .

When you see street knife attacks, in reality they are always very complicated but different dynamics because perhaps everything started from an argument, you hit each other, pushed each other and one of the two or both pulls out blunt objects, but what I want you talking is a “hidden” aggression, therefore not about a robbery, a threat, or an attack by someone who has a knife in his pocket.

These situations can be extremely dangerous and complex, involving intense emotions and irrational behavior on the part of the abuser.

It’s still not clear???

I’m talking to you who wronged someone and they want to make you pay.

The study of the knife is one of the most debated and controversial aspects of martial arts because the simplicity of the object actually contains the most complex fight in the history of humanity and has always been , which is why even today it is the weapon that all criminals and others keep in their pockets.

Also for these reasons it is an always open debate in many discussions between martial arts practitioners and scholars of the much discussed self-defense, because it is an extreme fight.

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6 false ideas about knife attacks

False idea 1 about knife attacks

What you think: The attacker with the knife stands outside with you and gives you time to evaluate his style, plan your moves or simply prepare yourself.< /span>

What the reality is: An experienced knife expert will never show his blade to you or anyone else before he tries to strike at the vulnerable points of your body.< /span>

He is trying to kill you and not publicize the fact.

Most martial arts and military styles work with the knife with systems that were developed in a lawless society or where the soldier was the law.

The reality today is that cutting someone is illegal and the knife work that has come out of North American prisons reflects that reality.

The ambush and the hidden shot are where you are, there is no scuffle or fight but they are treacherous shots.

The person who puts his knife in your face instead wants something from you:

In this situation you can have a technical response that you study with the martial arts or other systems you have available, but if you like to work on this “tough” aspect it is better to build very precise and effective responses, with work with an instinctive reflex approach ready for this type of ambush.

The work linked to the ambush, however, is before it happens, with work on the peripheral perception of what is happening around you.

If you don’t realize it it becomes difficult because it will hardly attack you frontally where if you are well trained you can have an instinctive reaction that can even avoid the first attack but consider the fury of an attack, you have to do targeted work as is done in Fighting Tips.

In real situations of knife attack, the experienced attacker will often try to hide his intention to attack and will be very careful not to show the blade before striking.

This approach can make it extremely difficult to predict the attack or plan a defense.

The importance of peripheral perception and awareness of the surrounding environment is crucial in these situations, as it can allow the victim to detect danger signals and prepare for an instinctive reaction but it is important to underline that confronting an attacker armed with a knife remains an extremely dangerous and difficult task.

Self-defense training, which includes specific techniques for responding to knife attack situations, can be helpful, but it is important to remember that there is no universal response that works in all situations.

Personal safety should always be the priority, and attempting to remove yourself from the situation and calling the appropriate authorities remains the safest choice.

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False idea 2 about knife attacks

What you think: After he shows you the knife and his intent, the attacker uses the knife as a long-range weapon: that is, he will hold his weapon hand forward and he thrusts his blows or pushes with the movement of the whole body towards you, holding out the knife in his hand while moving with a significant part of the body towards you.

What the reality is: It is very difficult for a knife-wielding attacker who wants to keep his intentions to kill hidden and secret to engage in a duel with you.

None of the Eastern martial arts knife trainings teach this approach to killing; they are more likely to teach you how to cut, wound, before finishing (this includes Chinese, Korean, and Japanese styles).

Even in military styles you are taught to cut forward what you find and to cut on the way back, taking all the objectives and opportunities you have along their “way”.

The prison style, on the other hand, is shanking with only the tip attack (without edge) which is usually precise and deep or with a flurry of blows.

Silent Killing is never taught but there is always a fencing approach.

You got used to seeing in movies or book stories, where the whole body is in position, with style, with an elegant attack lunge, but this was developed to allow you to see and imagine what was happening on the screen, but this way of always depicting in the same way, so for thousands of times in “showing knife attacks in this way and describing knife fights has created a false culture of what it really is.

Unfortunately I must say that often even magazines in the martial arts sector have techniques that are too cinematic or choreographic regarding knife attacks.

Where is this approach seen in an ambush or a surprise attack, where the additional distance is seen by the attacker as something that is not good, as a safety zone for the victim that gives him more possibilities.

This approach can be used by someone who feels confident that no one sees him or who is too enraged to worry about being seen but when the attacker combines the ambush with a thrust attack, using his strongest weapon to hold him back, thus the victim is surprised, captured and thrown off balance and not being in “fighting mode” is very vulnerable.

What does this mean?

Which in your training must include defenses against surprise lunge attacks.

You have to give a lot of space to this type of preparation.

But often due to the fact that there are other types of attacks that are possible and even more probable, other aspects are trained, but if you want advice, especially if you think of an attacker who wants to hide his intention, apply and study a lot of training against attacks other types of attacks because it must be learned and trained with thousands of drills to make the response instinctive but also to consider hidden attacks from close range where you are pulled, grabbed to be hit.


False idea 3 about knife attacks

What you think: The “suspended” hand or the hand that remains frozen in the air.

This is one of the aspects that angers me the most when I see certain videos and certain instructors who teach situations regarding knife attacks.

This is actually two false aspects because he can use both his knife hand and his free hand to attack you.

This means that once they have blocked the hand with the knife, the attacker leaves it there for you to apply all kinds of techniques and what’s more he doesn’t even use his free hand to hit you or get rid of you, we are at Cinema.

That which is reality: The blade you block will cut you on the way back out of your reach as fast as it came forward to recharge and re- hit or swing and cut your forearm, or it will go “tip-rip” the other forearm or the other hand or your eye or it can provide a cut or deflection that causes a blow to the throat.

In “oriental” systems there are three principles of knife work:

  • Hypnotize with the blade, and kill with your free hand
  • “Flash” the knife to get a defensive block and then cut it
  • Hit the nearest target, cut the way and cut, wound, wait for blood loss and shock, because it blocks it

As for the prison-style attacks, however, it is much more direct with less “flash and slash” without the disadvantages of the ranged lunge attack.

Knife attacks are hidden and very rapid.

This method works a lot on the correct use of the free hand to capture/grab the victim and pull him into a narrow path where the knife can be used “discreetly”. and in depth.


False idea 4 about knife attacks

What you think: “You have to stay close to fight a knife-wielding attacker;” or “I need to stay away from an attacker with a knife.”

What is the reality: The knife is a short range weapon and if you choose to fight at that distance you are very likely to lose or certainly get cut .

Unless you want to grab the knife, which is very tricky, you must always stay away from the weapon and fight from long distance with long range weapons, such as chairs, garbage cans and thrown objects, belt, etc.

It doesn’t matter if the attacker is trained or not, he has to get close to you to cut you and once he is close that’s where he can cut you.

Protect your forearm with a shirt to protect yourself from cuts.

Either stay away or you have to deflect or block the weapon if it is close (this is very difficult)

You don’t need a lot of power to cut, the knife already has all the power, especially if it is well sharpened or heavy.

All a knife attacker does is approach you with the knife moving it at an incredibly fast speed with random movements to get to cut you and hit you.

Do you really want to enter that vortex?

Never do this, if you have to go in wait for the real shot.


False idea 5 about knife attacks

What you think: While he is cutting me, I kill him or I can get a cut and have time to kill him.

What the reality is: The ONE-SHOT KILL is so difficult to pull off on a fresh and determined opponent that you can’t count on this aspect, as the fight showed No Holds Barred.

Of course there is the knockout blow, but it is not easy if you are injured and while within cutting distance and in shock.

This is a situation you should NOT be in.

Shock refers to your body’s natural reaction to being invaded by a foreign object;

It has nothing to do with how tough you are… a deep cut in even a “minor” place like your forearm can stop you because it can cause physiological responses beyond your control.

I heard of a teacher who gets his students to relax deeply and then casually hits them hard and then forces them to defend themselves.

This is a little similar to the paralyzed sensation of shock.

The shock of the cut on your forearm can give your attacker the chance to plunge his dagger into your gut.

If you sacrifice an arm to avoid a throat strike it’s a smart move, but never intentionally take a cut just to set up your own strike, no matter what others have done in successful fights, each fight is different with the knife.


False idea 6 about knife attacks

What you think: If you are good at sparring, you are ready for combat .

What is the reality: Sparring is a game that is safe and it doesn’t matter how well you are doing it if not for personal satisfaction, but you are not fighting with a real weapon.

Knife attacks have dynamics that must be analyzed with precise and careful case studies done with professionals and not as often seen by improvised and very cinematic instructors.

It will teach you balance, movement, distance and openings, but it will not prepare you to face death, adrenaline and the brutality of a knife.

A criminal who is seriously trying to kill you with a knife is not sparring or trying to feint you to get an opening, his psychology is totally different.

He is not afraid, because he feels safe with his weapon and most likely has already done it and feels strong from his previous successes, and he wants to do it quickly so he can escape the attention of the police.

It makes a furious charge with no apparent regard for its safety in such a way as to overwhelm its victim.

If he starts moving the knife and sparring you’re lucky because you have time to run or move to get a weapon at a distance, or simply to escape!



Now that you know these 6 aspects of knife attacks, is there something you definitely need to change in your way of training with a knife?

I think so!

Now that we have looked at these six crucial aspects of knife attacks, it is clear that there are changes to be made in the way we train and prepare for potentially dangerous situations.

It is essential to understand that “Knife Fighting” It’s not a game, but a matter of life and death.

These ideas offer an opportunity to improve our preparation in addition to the study of short knife fencing, which can deal with different dynamics, often involving both armed parties.

To adapt to these complex situations, you need:

  1. Read and Study: Deepen your knowledge on the dynamics of knife attacks through reading and research.
  2. Apply Knowledge: Put into practice what you have learned through training and the simulation of realistic situations.
  3. Train Constantly: Maintain consistent training and practice to refine skills and improve preparation.
  4. Share Information: Share knowledge with others to increase community awareness and preparedness.

Always remember that personal safety comes first, and trying to avoid dangerous situations is the wisest decision.

The main aim should be to protect yourself and seek help if you are faced with a knife attack.

Self-defense training should be led by qualified experts and based on safety principles.

Sharing information should be done responsibly, avoiding promoting dangerous or violent behavior.

Taking training to deal with knife attacks seriously is vital to your safety, but it must be done responsibly and with a constant awareness of the priority of personal safety.

Knife Fighting is not a game!

These are interesting ideas that you must integrate into your training beyond the study of short knife fencing where different dynamics are addressed and where both of you are armed.

Stay Tuned!

Street Fight Mentality


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