Defense Against Grab And Knife Stab - Short Range


Technique Review August 10, 2019

Shalom, everyone. Welcome to our weekly technique review. Albert from our Global International Team (GIT) and myself will talk and demonstrate and give you some knowledge about defending knife stab with a grab

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Shalom, everyone. Welcome to our weekly technique review. Albert from our Global International Team (GIT) and myself will talk and demonstrate and give you some knowledge about defending knife stab with a grab, meaning if Albert will just demonstrate the problem … he managed to grab me and then he is making some stabs. That’s the issue. It can be a stab from below, like the underhand, oriental, what we call, this type of thing. He can even grab behind my neck and from here will be stabbing.

Now, in the previous one we talked about when he is doing something like this to me, I deal with his two actions so I manage to prevent the grab itself, whatever type of grab it is. Now we are talking about situation that I didn’t manage to do this. So he already grabbed me and now he is attacking with a knife. That’s now the problem. Let’s start with attack overhead. So what can I do here? Sometimes he’s pulling a little bit. Sometimes he’s pushing a little bit. And now we are talking about a knife attack that is more complex with additional actions that the enemy, the attacker, the aggressor is doing and we have to overcome this.

The basic attack we should answer with basic defenses. We may be limited in the defenses and we may be limited with our counter attacks, counter attacks because of the range, because of the shifting of the weight, etc. So, here the aim is to give several examples of how to do this stuff. So when you are ready.

What happened now was, when he grabbed, I felt that I cannot really attack him. Like this hand is disturbing me from attacking, especially if he is pushing a little bit my shoulder, I cannot reach him. Even if he is shorter than me, it would be very difficult for me to reach him. So what can I do here? I will block. When he is attacking, many times he may be attacking, and I am doing this type of action using my legs. That’s one option so hopefully you can use your legs, hopefully you’ve got the good balance to use your legs. If you can, use your hand. Okay. Use the hand. Just understand that at this moment a counter attack may be weaker, for example. It may be counter attack once with the fist open-handed and the other one towards the eyes, so the attack may not be strong enough. In this case, if I cannot reach so well, maybe I can reach to the eyes. Maybe.

Another thing is, when something like this happens, what happened at this time, he was pushing me a little bit. I wouldn’t like to lose my balance here. I mean, I’m in trouble here. So what I did was I moved towards the knife and here I can counter attack better. So I moved out of the line of pressure, away from the line of the push. So this was my basic response of moving out from here. We show slowly this again.

So, as you understand there are definitely ingredients, components to his technique. I have to adapt, I have to answer with different solutions, or ingredients of solution. It’s a lot about the practice, sensing, feeling, and automatically responding.

Now what happens in situation that he’s pulling behind the back of my head and from below? For example, something like this, as an example. So if I manage to prevent this, obviously I’m in good position. If I did not manage, see what happens in this case, I am low and I cannot really attack so well probably. A little bit fast. He’s attacking. Look again. When he makes the attack, I go with a block, but I also go with a trap. So with a hook with my wrist and palm, I grab his wrist area. It can be from below my arm. It can be above my arm. Both okay.

And from here, I am limiting here. And I do my body difference, and I move closer, and I do counter attacks with the knee, especially in the beginning. Do a few times, few attacks, quite aggressively. That’s the idea.

So, let’s see again what I’ve been doing. Here, the block and the other hand from the outside low, from the outside a bit higher, you trap. If he’s attacking several times, maybe you wouldn’t be able to do it in the first one. Do it in the second one. Now, whatever he wants to do, you limit him and open his arm to the side. And now you can move in with the counter attacks. These are just examples of the different options that we may have and really based on the common behaving in reality. By the way, in Israel because of the terrorist attacks … they’re not so many but still … the experience was, if there were knife stabs with grabbing, usually the knife stab was trying to be as surprise as possible.

So what I like to demonstrate for a moment, the first attack, ah, but we don’t respond. The first attack, or even two or three, were like this and then maybe the aggressor or the terrorist try to grab, especially in situation that he is not effective but he is somehow defending himself a little bit. So I see that I’m not so effective with my attacks, I will take his hand down to make it more efficient attacks and obviously it’s a natural behaving of predator.

So, sometimes you can see in the criminal world, you see grab or push or disturb the eyes and then attack. In the terrorist world usually it’s just surprise very much and then maybe grab. So whatever, now you know what the problems are. Train on them.

Albert, thank you so much. Guys, thank you for watching and listening. Go and practice.

All the best.