The reality of defending yourself against a knife attack

The reality of defending yourself against a knife attack

This is a common subject that comes up often and there are many different opinions. The question is…

What do I do when someone attacks me with a knife?

Let’s have a look at a class showing us the brutality of a knife attack. The instructor, Deane Lawler, states the situation very plainly and clearly shows the difference between “mythical” techniques and hard, ugly reality. An excellent piece of teaching.

So where does one start when it comes to knife defence?

In general, the starting place is trying to start well before there is an actual weapon. By the use of situational awareness. Which means that you have put yourself in a good position to see if the aggressor has a knife or may have a knife. Both aspects are just as important as sometimes it isn’t obvious that someone has a weapon and this can be more dangerous than if someone shows you the weapon.

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Awareness, the main way of staying safe on the streets

Without good situational awareness, you could be vulnerable to various types of criminals that tend to prey on people that appear “switched off”.

When it comes to training in Self Defense, one of the first things that should be taught, is “Situational Awareness”
Situational awareness is an essential part of staying safe on the streets

Awareness, one of the main ways of staying safe on the streets


When it comes to training in Self Defense, one of the first things that should be taught, is “Situational Awareness”. This is part of Personal Safety and involves developing good habits that keep you out of trouble when out or in unfamiliar surroundings.

Types of attack, armed or unarmed

Without good situational awareness, you could be vulnerable to various types of criminals that tend to prey on people that appear “switched off”. Or those simply unaware of what is happening around them.

Obviously, you wouldn’t want to wander around in a constant state of paranoia, but neither would you want to walk around totally blinkered and vulnerable. Situational awareness is a learnable process. It’s the learning of good personal safety habits that help you to avoid violence or robbery before it happens.

If you look at muggings, for example, which are often seen as a random attack. They are actually planned well in advance and use various tactics to “ambush” the victim.

Geoff Thompson, Self -Defense expert states,

“Most muggings are not random acts; there is usually a ritual that precedes an attack. The attacker will select his victim, usually someone that is daydreaming or isolated. Often the victim will be stalked seconds, even minutes before the attack. Many professional muggers approach their victims before the attack and ask a distracting/disarming question such as ‘Have you got the time please’ or ‘I’m lost, can you give me directions’. This is done to engage your brain before the attack. It’s a primer. Once engaged the mugger goes to work.”

Geoff Thompson
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