41 thoughts on “Real Knife Defense

  1. Edward Tomes says:

    This is exactly what I was looking for. I'm so sick of these instructors attempting to teach knife defense with simple deflects, and reassuring their students that they will maintain control with one hand, and attack with the other. Kind of makes me sick. I was invited to a self defense seminar that a Krav Maga instructor was hosting, at no point did he ever instruct to pull out the keys and wallet. Even sadder was to see how superior our tsd and aikido techniques were – even our judo knife defenses that focused on deflecting were superior. Anyways this video is exactly how we were taught in our dojo. Maintain control of the knife at all costs, knee and foot stomps, shin scrapes, and knees to the groin. Always two hands on the knife, don't get stabbed. Thank you for this video.

  2. Hsound says:

    I don’t really agree when he says that you have to control the knife first… you have to disable the attacker first than the knife. He didn’t punch him at all. First a good punch or two in the face, block the knife than controlling and disarming. That’s only my point of view of course… 

  3. Javier says:

    That was a nice video and all but your partner didn't use his live hand against you at all. He didn't try to punch your face, or jab at your eyes. That is what would have made it more realistic. 

  4. Mat Broomfield says:

    I can't help but think that you start from an unrealistic premise. If I ever get attacked by a knife, I hope that the attacker shows me the knife for 10 seconds, stands 4 feet away and attacks half-heartedly with a straight arm whilst I'm wearing protective gloves too. It reminds me of the famous Jim Carey sketch.

    That said, respect to you for using a shock knife. Damned sure I wouldn't train with that. I quite liked what you did once you had his arm.

    My  impossible search for dependable knife defence continues.

  5. don romantiko absidef says:

    realtalk! knife confrontation is really the hardest situation i dont want to encounter specially on an empty hand. it`s hard to guess where and when the assailant is going to attack..punctures are more dangerous than slashing that`s a reality

  6. AZ Battle School says:

    Clouds beyond, who has good stuff then? I don't mind criticism, it be nice if you back it up with something positive or a place to refer to. do you have videos out? if not where would you send someone looking for good instruction.

  7. Burton Richardson says:

    I agree that you won't necessarily get cut. That is fact. But many people train without resistance and believe that they could never be cut. So, the "you will get cut" line may be good psychology, so if you do see your own blood you won't panic. Just a thought. Thanks for posting.

  8. most xtremenoob says:

    O_o super realsitic training and sucessfull knife disarm with only littel cuts con the forearm and hand!!!!!!!!! this is the real deal, I practice with soft knife and wooden ones full foce but the shock knife seems like a enjoyfull toy 🙂

  9. Burton Richardson says:

    I appreciate your observation. If you don't move in immediately, you lose the element of surprise. An attacker will probably expect you to back up, move to the side, etc. If you show skill doing this, he will be more ready to deal with a skilled defense. Best to go in and take charge of the encounter. Attack the attacker.

  10. ch bu says:

    Not wanting to be critical or anything, as you seem quite knowledgeable, but I am not sure rushing straight towards the knife is such a great idea, if you fail to block the knife it would go straight into you. It makes more sense to me to be moving away from it or at least to be moving more to the side where you have a greater margin of error, as if you miss the block the knife would still go past you..

  11. Burton Richardson says:

    Excellent question. You cannot take the knife totally away when they have a wrist band, but you can still take it out of his hand so he can't cut you. It makes it all a lot more difficult. Wrist band or not, this is still your best bet for controlling the knife attacker.

  12. Burton Richardson says:

    Thanks for your post. I used to think the same thing, until I actually started sparring hard against an uncooperative partner. This is all sound in theory, but what actually happens while I am trying to poke him in the eye? He is stabbing me. If you are close enough to knee the groin, he is stabbing. So, please put on safety equipment try taking a training knife away from a partner who is trying 100% to get you. It is very enlightening!

  13. silat guy says:

    i think thats where in a real confrontation striking, poking the eyes, kneeing or kicking the groin and breaking the limb if possible is probably ideal to distract and soften up the enemy before he realizes any of his options.

  14. Burton Richardson says:

    Max, good comment. It shows that you've actually tried the technique with resistance! Switching is 1 of the 4 elements essential to account for. In the vid, my partner ( VERY good at switching) was trying to switch the knife in the beginning, but I extended his arm and used my forearm to block his hand from getting to the handle. Once he gives that up, I keep my back to him to protect the knife from being switched to the other hand. Try getting deep and turning your back to stop the switch.

  15. Max Loh says:

    The attacker forgot that he could switch hands. I know from my own resistance sparring/training that this is the most common reaction of any true knife-wielding psychopath if you go for the 2-on-1 approach, and it is not addressed in this video.

  16. Burton Richardson says:

    Good question. Due to all this type of pressure testing, I do not like to strike at the same time because the priority is to get control of the weapon arm. There is no guarantee that the strike lands, and if it does, it may not have an effect. In the meantime, that knife is thrusting and slashing. So, crash and get control of the arm first, then you can strike (knees, head, feet) if you need.

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