Defense Against Overhead Knife Stab From The Side - Close Range


Technique Review May 22, 2019

Shalom, everyone. Welcome to this week’s technique review. Albert from the GIT and myself will talk about and demonstrate the subject of dealing with overhand knife attack at the close range.

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Shalom, everyone. Welcome to this week’s technique review. Albert from the GIT and myself will talk about and demonstrate the subject of dealing with overhand knife attack at the close range. Previous one, we talked about the medium-range, long-range and now with the short-range. So, if it’s in the front, we know what to do. We defend, we counter attack, we move in. We are looking very strongly. Again. Going to catch him very, very early. In the beginning, we only block and counter attack. Later, we also do more advanced stage. We do control techniques. It’s known, we have covered this.

Now, what happens if the attack is coming from the side? Albert, will you come closer to me? Yes. In this case, when he is attacking me, that’s the basic, right? I turn to him a little bit. I block him. I counter attack as early as I can, with or without control. That’s the basic. So, the moment I turn to him, his head is more or less in front of my face. So, his action is triggering my response, please, and I have a good counter attack. If I’ll hit you a little bit in the chest, you’ll see the timing. He attacks me. That’s the idea of this technique.

What happens, however, if he is coming from my right side? So, he’s close range, relatively, and now he attacks. I cannot attack him. I cannot attack his head. Do it one more time from this angle. When he makes the attack, I do like this and his head is covered. Practically, his head is behind me. When we are at the medium-range, we can move earlier and find a better angle, et cetera. Now, it’s not. The question is, what do we do from this situation, from this position? Now, if I’m more surprised, I’ll be in place. I’ll be even leaning away, like a panic type of response. Something like this. How can I attack from here? It’s obviously my weight is on my left leg. I can attack quite strong with my closed leg, my right leg option. I can even move away a little bit and attack him.

So, one option is staying in the line and channel, staying away and calling to attack. Another way, still with the legs is move way a little bit. Less response. Sorry, less reflexive. When he’s attacking and I move away to here, I can still do this. I can do this in the medium-range and I can even do this in the close-range, as long as I am moving outside this channel. If I’m aggressive, if i can attack early, and I want to attack early, I cannot. Because, again, his arm is blocking the way. So, what to do? He is going to attack a few times. A few times. That’s it. What to do in this case, yes?

So, the answer is I cannot move the hand because I’m exposing myself. The answer is use the other hand for control. So, he’s attacking me. What do we do here? That’s the basic. That’s in the curriculum for the system. He attacks. I go to him and I control his hand a little bit from behind and from the side. And because I’m aggressive, I move in and I first do kick to the groin, another one, and then I can move out of the channel. So, what’s the logic? The logic is back from the front. When I’m ready and aggressive, I can defend and contact simultaneously. When I’m ready and aggressive, I can move, contact simultaneously. That’s really the idea.

So, again, slowly. Look how I go to him. I try to block him as soon as possible, very close to his own head, to his own shoulder. When the knife is relatively behind. And turn towards the person, and move towards the person. And you are controlling, and you are kicking as soon as you can. And from this situation, from this position, then we move out. Look how I move out from this position. From here, I have to cut one or two attacks. Get out from the channel, maintain control and continue counter attacking as needed.

So, you saw how I stayed more or less in the line, either moving away and kicking or going in more aggressively. Sometimes you want to be able to defend efficiently and go to attack efficiently against the first attack. So, if he’s attacking a few times, maybe something like this and then you will go. Okay? And maybe you even got hit. Who knows? As long as you are alive, you are the fighter. You are the fighter in the field, right? So, in the war, fight. Continue, whether you are hit or not hit. You are alive. Even if you are injured.

In Israel, the statistics showed that people that got hit by a knife stab or knife stabs died because they were hit seven to eight times. That was the average. So, theoretically, or statistically, if one got hit three, four times, he survived. So, survive. All the best, guys. Thanks, Albert.

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