The 3 MISTAKES people make when blocking knife attacks

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Being attacked with a knife is an incredibly dangerous situation for even the most seasoned martial artist. All it takes is one poke or swipe in the right squishy part and it is game over.

The amount of damage someone can do in a very short amount of time with a knife is utterly terrifying so not only do you need to know what to do but, just as important, you need to know what not to do.

In this video from Fight SCIENCE, we find out the 3 biggest mistakes that you can make when defending against a knife attack.

According to the video, one of the biggest mistakes people can make against a knife attack is thinking of a knife thrust like a punch. Knives are a very versatile weapon and can be used in many different ways with different grips and angles of attack and an attacker doesn’t need much power or space to cause a lot of damage.

Another mistake people can make when it comes to knife defense is overestimating their ability to perform and keep their cool in a real life or death situation which is going to be frantic and not controlled like it is in class.

Running away is always the best option against a knife, if possible, but if not, most experts agree with the two hands on the knife arm approach to control it like we see near the end of this video.

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