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Self-defence against knife attacks: a full review

We'll all agree that in order to adopt realistic methods of defence against knife attacks, we first need to understand how an attacker is most likely to use the weapon.

But how do we get that understanding?

The truth is, we mostly rely on other people (the 'experts') to give us the answers.

The problem is that the Martial Arts / Self-Defence industry is plagued by misconceptions and fallacies.


Knife Attacks and Self-Defence


That's why I decided to do a research. I wanted to understand the dynamics of real knife attacks and I wanted it to be based on evidence.

Luckily, in recent years CCTV and phone footages have provided us with abundance of real-life examples we can learn from.

Data were readily available for anyone who was willing to carry out the (tedious) analysis.

And today I'm going to share with you the results of my investigation where some interesting findings were uncovered.

This article is structured in three parts:
  • Part 1 presents the keys points of the analysis of 150+ knife attacks (video material)
  • Part 2 addresses commonly-debated issues such as awareness, avoidance ("running away"), compliance, the use of weapons (incl. improvised weapons) in the context of knife attacks
  • Part 3 covers empty-hand techniques in view of what's discussed in the first two sections
This a substantial article which took months of painstaking and meticulous work, so I hope you'll enjoy reading it .

1 in 3 Expert Martial artists are out-of-touch with the reality of interpersonal violence


Some times ago, I conducted an informal survey on a number of Martial Arts online forums and pages; I asked a simple question: "If you had only one self-defence technique to teach, which one would it be?"


 If you had only one self-defence technique to teach which one would would it be?

Women's self defence - defending arm pulling by a bigger opponent

One very common attack on women -particularly in cases of sexual assaults- is the following: the aggressor, using his left hand, grabs and pulls on the victim's right forearm to drag her to a nearby secondary location.





While working on various situations around this scenario with one of my female students, we realized that because of the difference of seize/weight between us, what would normally be a simple "defence against arm pulling" situation, was in fact much worse for the victim.