Lotta stupid stuff out there taught for empty-hands knife defense. Was back in the 80s when I got interested in it, and still is.
Stupid stuff includes all manner of “strips” such as this:
and the ubiquitous block and counter-attack like this:
So in this case I didn’t really mislead you with the title. Because (almost) everything you need to know about defending against the knife when all you got is what you were born with is this:
- The knifer has all the advantage and his knife is your only concern. Don’t worry ’bout nothing else until you neutralize that threat ’cause that will kill you first and fastest.
- You neutralize the knife threat by momentarily stopping the knife attack and then putting down the man behind the knife. You can’t try and remove the knife from the equation – the threat comes from the man.
- You momentarily stop the knife by grabbing the knife arm with both of your hands because the knife has such an advantage that it can’t be controlled with only one of your hands. The grab looks like this:
- Then use the mere couple seconds that you have the knife arm controlled to inflict ruthless damage on the knifer with your other weapons: your feet, head and body.
Yes, it sucks and the odds are against you. But nothing else works, and you can easily prove this by gearing up and going full force and full speed with a dummy knife. Please don’t tell me I’m wrong until you have.
There are some excellent instructors out there teaching this one workable approach…and far too many still ripping off students with the BUMF above.