Knife defense is one of the most complex and discussed combat topics.
If you go around on social networks and forums you will see over the years the debates on the subject have continued bringing most of the time useless phrases and little technical research.
Often social media is made by people who have no experience on the specific topic and who start parroting with the usual messages like “you can’t defend yourself”, ” you’re dead”, “run away”, who basically never answer the question of people who really want to look for an answer.
Now it does not mean that there is an answer to everything but certainly on the knife there is since now the presence of numerous security cameras have filmed several times knife attacks where people survived.
Knife combat but in general cutting weapons combat is the most complex form of struggle and for this requires training and training constancy of the highest level.
Today my purpose is to disillusion you with knife defense and what you know about knife fighting .
No, I’m not bad and I’m not doing it to demotiva you on the subject on the contrary, but to give you a real starting point but based on a daily and real practice on the subject.
Knife is not a game!
Defense against a knife is one of the most complex challenges in the field of combat and personal safety.
It is important to be realistic about this subject and to understand the difficulties involved.
Here are some considerations to keep in mind when addressing the issue of knife defense:
- The severity of the threat: A knife is a potentially lethal weapon, and even a small wound can cause serious damage. It is important to avoid direct confrontation with a knife-wielding attacker if possible.
- The importance of prevention: The best defense against a knife is to avoid being in a situation where it may be necessary. Awareness of the surrounding environment and prudence can be essential to avoid dangerous situations.
- Specialized training: If you plan to face the risk of knife attacks, it is essential to receive specific training in knife self-defense. This not only improves your chances of survival, but also helps you make more informed decisions during an attack.
- The importance of reaction time: Knife attacks can be extremely rapid and sudden. Reaction time is crucial, and consistent practice can improve your ability to respond appropriately.
- The lack of a definitive answer: There is no knife self-defense technique that works in every situation. The variability of situations and aggressors makes it difficult to establish a universal response. Continuous practice and understanding of your personal skills is key.
- The importance of avoiding heroism: Your main priority in knife defense should be to survive and escape aggression. Heroism or attempting to disarm the aggressor can increase the risk to your life. Escape is often the best option.
In conclusion, it is essential to be realistic about knife defense and recognize the complexity of the subject.
Specialized training, prudence and awareness can contribute significantly to improving your chances of survival in such a situation.
Remember that your personal safety is the top priority.
I want to disillusione you on the knife defense
There are no shortcuts and certainties, but a constant and daily training because this armed discipline requires constant application.
The knife is not a game and you can not start from a wrong perspective and vision because this leads you to work on aspects that are not very Realistic and that in addition to exposing you to incredible risks leads you to work in areas that are not intended to save you but to put you inside the danger.
Unfortunately also the “experts” or presumed such that are often seen on social channels we see that they do not have a real knowledge of the subject and any kind of training done with experts about it but despite this they improvise in statements that appear more oxymorons (Rhetorical figure consisting in juxtaposing, in the same phrase, words that express contrary concepts.) that explanations that respond to the needs of those who want to train seriously.
I repeat that knife formation is among the most complex in men’s combat!
Knife defense is one of the most complex and demanding disciplines in the field of combat and personal safety.
It is important that anyone who wishes to address this topic does so with a serious mindset and constant commitment.
Here are further considerations on the difficulty and seriousness required to deal with knife defense:
- Constant commitment: Constant practice is essential to acquire the skills necessary for knife defense. This is not a field in which significant results can be achieved without devoting time and energy.
- Realism: It is essential to avoid the illusion that training can make you invincible. There is no perfect solution to every knife situation, and it’s important to be realistic about your skills.
- Expert training: Training should be carried out with recognized experts in this field. Relying on incorrect information or unqualified teachers can be dangerous.
- Avoid arrogance: Personal safety should always be the top priority. Arrogance or willingness to prove courage can lead to dangerous decisions. Escape and survival should always be considered as viable options.
- Pragmatic approach: Training should focus on real techniques and strategies, adapted to real-life situations. The goal is not only to learn to defend yourself, but also to avoid dangerous situations whenever possible.
- Ongoing awareness: Understanding of knife dynamics and threats should be constantly updated. The evolution of attackers’ tactics requires continuous adaptability in training.
Knife defense is a very complex field and requires constant commitment, a realistic approach and expert training.
Personal safety should always be the top priority, and awareness of the challenges and risks associated with knives is key to dealing with this discipline adequately.
This series of posts are born because I see constantly sterile discussions on the net, on social, in forums on this issue and I find it absurd because it means that no one (except rare exceptions) does the only thing there is to do.
And I’m not telling you about the first choice, to run away, because it remains the best strategy to preserve yourself!
It’s nothing dishonorable but clever.
Kind of like saying if you’re shot and you’re armed, you’re looking for shelter by running away and then you start shooting when you’re armed or just fold up and you walk away, it’s not like you start shooting that you don’t even know what’s going on.
The personal defence instructor has a dual responsibility
One of the first tasks of a real personal defense instructor but not the only one, is also to disillusione the student at a certain stage of learning to erase his false certainties, the false illusions and bring him into the raw reality of street fighting with the knife.
Unfortunately the Dunning Kruger effect is always lurking but when it comes to the knife you have to be more conservative because the tip and blade are the simplest but most devastating tool that humanity has created and made available to everyone.
Any idiot with bad intentions can take a steak knife from very few euros and do serious damage without any training.
A self-defense instructor has a double responsibility.
Not only must he teach students the skills needed to protect themselves, but he must also help them understand the challenges, dangers, and intricacies of knife street combat.
Here are more thoughts on this topic, specifically in the context of self-defense:
- Realism and awareness: A good instructor should instill in his students a realistic mindset and a deep awareness of the challenges of knife defense. This means being honest about the difficulties and risks associated with it and not encouraging illusions or false securities.
- Dunning-Kruger effect: As you mentioned, the Dunning-Kruger effect (the phenomenon where people tend to overestimate their abilities when they have little experience) is especially dangerous when it comes to knife defense. Instructors must actively work to mitigate this effect, promoting humility, self-evaluation and awareness of the limits of their abilities.
- Knife accessibility: It is crucial to emphasize that a knife is a weapon easily accessible to anyone. This makes it all the more important to teach students how to recognize the warning signs of a potential attack and how to avoid dangerous situations.
- Responsibility in the use of weapons: Instructors should emphasize that with the power to defend oneself also comes the responsibility to do so responsibly and legally. Excessive use of force or unjustified use of a knife can have serious legal consequences.
- Continuing education: Training in self-defense, especially in situations involving edged weapons, should be continuous and evolving. Students should be encouraged to continue honing their skills and stay informed about the latest tactics and strategies.
Self-defense instructors have a responsibility to comprehensively and realistically educate their students, preparing them not only with physical skills, but also with an appropriate mindset to face the challenges of knife street combat.
This helps to create responsible and aware citizens who can better protect themselves and the community.
When you do knife sparring for the first time you create a general absolute amazement of impotence, the terrifying effectiveness of knives is often underestimated if not completely ignored by people who practice the most diverse martial arts.
This is absurd, but that is what happens!
Just see the astonishment by taking the test with the white T-shirt and the knife smeared with paint to understand after a few seconds the huge number of cuts on the shirt and arms.
Now if you think that only a madman carries a knife in his pocket, here I wanted to tell you that the world is full of crazy and that the thugs take him for sure and hardly a good person will come and argue with you and pull out a knife.
Try to read the news episodes and you will find out how every day people are reported for carrying a knife or threatening with a knife, if not knife assault.
Each country then has its own emergencies regarding the knife and every culture has its own ways of carrying it and using it.
The knife is the weapon that has gone through the centuries helping the man in his tasks and also saving his life but many times it has been used to commit heinous murders.
It makes perfect sense, right?
You judge …
Remember that the knives:
- They don’t cost anything,
- They don’t require ammunition,
- You can hide it easily,
- You can find it in any supermarket,
- Knives are not prone to malfunctions,
- Easy to use,
- They all know it and use it so even if you are not experienced you have already used it.
According to law enforcement statistics, most situations of violence and robbery happen up close with cutting weapons.
Most assaults are carried out with cutting weapons, as the largest number of murders are carried out with a knife.
- They cost nothing: Knives are generally cheap and affordable, which makes them an attractive choice for those looking for a low-cost weapon.
- They do not require ammunition: Unlike firearms, knives do not require ammunition or magazines, which makes them always ready for use.
- Easy to hide: Due to their relatively small size, knives can be easily hidden in pockets or elsewhere, making them a convenient improvised weapon for anyone trying to carry out criminal acts.
- Available everywhere: Knives can be purchased in many supermarkets or kitchen utensils stores without any rigorous verification, which makes them widely accessible.
- Reliability: Knives are mechanically simple and not prone to malfunctions. This makes them a reliable option for those looking for a weapon that works consistently.
- Simple to use: Even a person with no combat experience can wield a knife and inflict significant damage, which makes them a dangerous choice for those trying to carry out violent acts.
- Broad knowledge: Since knives are common objects in everyday life, many people are familiar with their use, although not necessarily in a context of self-defense.
As for law enforcement statistics, it is true that many situations of violence and robbery involve edged weapons such as knives.
Their availability, ease of use and potential to cause serious harm make them a common choice among those intending to commit crimes.
Consequently, it is important that authorities and society as a whole address the problem appropriately through regulation, prevention and personal safety education.
Now I know you like to study Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Kick Boxing, Judo, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, etc. I also really like combat sports , but if you don’t study the knife in a street situation you’re fucked because almost certainly there will be a knife , small, large, hidden in the girl’s handbag, in the dashboard of the car, etc.
If it is not a knife it is an improvised object such as a broken bottle, or percussion objects such as a stick, a pole, etc.
If you don’t study knife defense as you’re studying your martial art, you’re deluded.
Train beyond your martial art,get involved.
The reality of street situations is very different from what is often seen in sports contexts or gyms, and the presence of weapons such as knives can quickly turn a situation into a mortal danger.
Studying knife defense is essential to be prepared for real situations of self-defense.
This means understanding not only disarmament techniques and managing threats with knives, but also developing a mindset of awareness and readiness.
Also, as you mentioned, it is important to be aware of the possibility of improvised objects or percussion weapons that can be used in conflict situations.
Self-defense training should be comprehensive and tailored to the challenges you may face.
To be prepared for real self-defense situations, it is essential to integrate training in martial arts or combat sports with specific training on knife defense and understanding the dynamics of street violence.
Only through comprehensive and realistic preparation can we increase our chances of survival and protect ourselves effectively.
Knife is not a game!
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