Knife Defense: When You Can’t Run Away!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This video is both a cautionary tale and a tutorial. The idea of defending against a knife is a scary proposition. For some, scarier than a …

22 thoughts on “Knife Defense: When You Can’t Run Away!

  1. TacKrav95 says:

    Everyone to there own but Two problems I see you are blocking with the furtherest arm from the knife which takes longer why when your left arm is right there closest to knife? (Knife attacks even a quarter of a quarter of second is vital). Also If attacker wants to kill/stab you it will be fast and you arent going to be able to catch his wrist perfectly everytime(Even you mention stress of situation)which adds on to your chance of missing even more, maybe u will catch him here with a stationary attacker who is not recoiling to stab again but no attacker stops once they have been blocked they stab again or change position or attack type, and with out you countering or hitting the attacker when blocking which takes the fight out of him/will drive him back, youve got a bad situation if you dont catch him first go.

  2. Spase Nachevski says:

    After 20yrs in martial art I always say: knife is more dangerous than a gun… if you can run, run. If you can't run, you are not in shape or injured stay and fight while you have energy to do something… cause if you lost you're energy while running from the aggressor you become easy target for any kind of threat or danger ( p.s sorry for bed English ) big like for the video

  3. Jeff Gibson says:

    I found this interesting. So we worked on it in class tonight. I don't know why but these things always work better on YouTube. I'm not sure if it's the fact that we know what's about to happen or that my partner and I are really big stout guys. When he got to the arm bar part I could start going in a circle and was able to basically do a curl with my arm and prevent the armbar. He could do the same when I was to attacker.
    We did find that during the catch and block that a hammer fist behind the ear with the right hand helped in softening the attacker up enough to complete the taked

  4. Mak D says:

    I have a "what if" question, once you have applied the "two on one" applying pressure to the back of arm to gain control. What if JD rotates his elbow towards the ground. Where the fight could potentially continue?? Your thoughts??

  5. Webe Chillin says:

    Super tough to grab the wrist of the knife wielding hand, especially since that is the focal point of the attack. Reaction is going to be knife going forward or retracting so best to practice this with knife moving & seeing if you can actually grab the wrist & lock up arm.

  6. Peter GNG says:


    1. Complete and utter horse shit !

    2. Teach the sheeples to GET OFF their i-Phones, and LEARN to reactivate THEIR Self Awareness skills once outside their home !

    3. People fall victim because their self awareness switch is OFF ! Identifying probable / possible live target threats WHEN leaving their home, and or place of employment etc, is WHAT you SHOULD be addressing. NOT these mindless, baseless techniques that NEVER EVER WORK.

    A Veteran / Insider

  7. VireDragon says:

    Would love to see this executed Nick Drossos style.
    At full speed with energy or close to it, with a softer blade and with an attacker that is not necessarily feeding a stab at that exact angle.
    Not saying this technique wouldn't work. I'd just like to see it in action.

  8. Louis Avellino says:

    great lesson guys .just curious concerning footwork . would it be safer to move to the side or come in at a 45 degree angle to defend rather than straight in when the stab is to the stomach area like here ??????thanks

  9. Intus Facultas says:

    Things I agree with:

    1. 2 on 1.
    2. Takedown and gain distance
    3. Don't go for the knife.

    Things I don't like:

    1. Grabbing the wrist.

    I've done training with a marking knife. With the retraction of the arm, you're not going to get a grip near the wrist. Far easier and better is upper forearm/bicep.

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