In Krav Maga, knife defenses can be broken down into three categories:
1) Knife on Knife - both attacker and defender are armed.
2) Knife Attack - the stab or slash is in process.
3) Knife Threat - the knife is being held on you and there are verbal demands or threats.
This time, we're working the worst of the above scenarios: the knife attack.
Don't get me wrong, they're all bad. In fact, they're all awful - and if you ever find yourself in a self-defense situation involving a blade, statistics show that you can expect to be cut or stabbed. How's that for confidence?
Knife attacks are situations where the negotiation is over. The blade is coming at you - downward ice-pick style (think "Psycho"), straight stab, upward stab, or slashing.
And here you are, unarmed.
Obviously, the best bet is to run. This training presupposes that running is out of the question at the moment.
This is seriously worst-case scenario kind of stuff, but that's why it's so important to practice. We'll be starting slow, piece-by-piece, and build it into something you can perform under pressure and anxiety, using Krav Maga stress drills.
One of our students works with violent offenders. Just last week, a new patient grabbed a knife and attacked him with an upward stab. Though new to this technique, he was able to make it happen - with the added bonus of not injuring his attacker. You never know when or if this kind of thing will happen; you can only hope to be trained enough to respond.