Krav Maga’s answer to a knife held to your groin

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The simple knife is one of the most commonly used weapons used to threaten victims in a variety of scenarios, where a single stab or slash from even the smallest of blades is capable of causing immense harm to a person or even ending their life in an instant.

Although it is recommend by law enforcement that you comply with someone wielding a bladed weapon if it can guarantee ones safety, there can be scenarios where an attack is inevitable and action to protect yourself is the only viable option.

In the following technique video Krav Maga Training (KMT) instructor Luca Arietti breaks down a very dangerous scenario involving a knife being pointed to your groin area while the attacker is holding you with their other hand.


Throughout the lesson Luca will demonstrate how to gain control of the weapon from your attacker, how to redirect the threat away from yourself, disarming techniques and finally how control your opponent so you can deliver your own strikes or create distance to escape the situation safely.

More KMT defense techniques:

Simple Krav Maga technique to escape rear naked choke 

Secret Krav Maga technique to escape a guillotine choke 

Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from aikido, judo, boxing and wrestling, along with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and its extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in the mid-to-late 1930s. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications. [source: wiki] 

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