Defense Against High Straight Stab from the Side

Technique Review 

In this week’s technique review, imagine a straight knife attack, we would be dealing with this, not from the front, but from the side.

Video transcript

Hi guys, in this week’s technical review, imagine a straight knife attack, we would be dealing with this, not from the front, but from the side. So we have in Israel cases in which attackers became a bit more sophisticated, it’s really terrorist level, started attacking from the sides. It was towards villains both and soldiers, especially soldiers when they had the vests, so the attack came from the side, vest is protecting the body so the direction was more or less the neck.

So imagine a situation where the attacker is stabbing from the side, and then you may have different types of natural responses. So a natural response like this is one, like this is one, so there is an issue what the body is doing as a response. Please join me. So do very slow, because I would like to demonstrate the natural responses here. So one thing is, from the corner of the eye you see something coming towards you, and you are doing this type of a natural response. So here of course, he’s in the range yes? Obvious. So what I would like to have, a larger range, because it’s a last moment response so I tilt away.

Sometimes even move with a small step away, so this is one type of natural response. Another type of natural response is to look, and bend a little bit forward. So I have some sort of a body difference which is more sophisticated, not to stay in the line, but to move away from the line of the problem. And the last response, the person sees something, and he’s turning, and that’s a response. Turning, raising the hands, and then setting the hands at once forward to deal with what’s coming. But again the difference is, the turning of the body because you saw something coming from the side.

That is the three main responses, and because of this we need to have three different solutions. Again, why? Because the natural response means the situation was different. So natural response directed you into certain moves, and on this move you need to build the technique. Or this move is the beginning of the technique. So let’s do fast.

Okay this is the example, one more time. So what happens here is the following, as soon as possible you are moving away. You saw the problem, you move away and the hand is coming up, practically it’s like an outside defense number 4 against straight stabs.

Leaning away. Stepping away may also be a very natural response, by the way almost always the hand and the body, you shift away, and take a step, it takes a little bit more time.

If he’s advancing strongly, you may find yourself in a very problematic type of situation. Here, so there is a minus. There is a problem in this technique. But like I said there is a natural response here.

After the first kick, you should continue. For example, with another kick. One more time. For example, with a higher kick. For example, with a straight kick. Turning into the opponent. These are the basics of the action. Definitely you must have good ability to kick strong.

And it’s better if you kick, solar plexus or above. In case of natural response was a little bit bending forward, while doing an outside defense. So when he attacks, now what happened is real fast here.

So what happens at this moment is, you are doing a natural response that will be a hand defense. The best is because the body moves forward, is the pinky out, number 3 is what we call it. Let’s show it from here.

So as soon as possible, I move with the head and a step. The step is diagonally forward, so more or less the step is in the direction of the front leg. This will put me in a good distance, for a strong kick.

So the body moves practically completely out of line, and the target moves completely out of channel. Then the whole body moves, including the pelvis, and because I bent forward, number 3, this one, out, pinky out, boney part does most of the work.

So practically, if you remember the technique of bending out against a straight stab from the front, this way, it’s practically the same principle being moving 90 forward, now move 90 forward here. What do I do now? The same thing really.

So what happens many times people make mistakes, they move forward. So reaching is, not possible, reaches out and not reaches to sensitive areas. Sometimes the issue is not moving out enough.

So if I’m here, problem. I would like to either move away, good enough, good enough distance I mean, or get out of channel completely. That’s the idea and the basics.

The level of the kick, because you are not in the line, you can kick to the knee of the leg across from you, or the sensitive places. Level, meaning the lower limbs more or less. There’s definitely to a benefit, come here, of the distance created when you are attacking strongly.

The issue of timing here is extremely important. Why? Because if you will kick too late, if you will kick in a situation it’s too close, if you will kick in a situation that you are too much balanced, and then what will happen is you lose the energy. Because deleting energy, leave off energy, and you are moving away from the target instead of kicking the target and creating a distance between you with damage. If you move away, he can chase you. If he’s broken, more difficult to chase.

Now this was the subject when we had the bending out, and the bending forward response. Now it’s time we talk about the build of technique over the last type of response, when he’s attacking you something like this. So turning towards the person with an additional hand defense, bringing the hands up, is the basic response, on this natural response, let’s build the technique.

There’s a difference between left and right sides here, because of the angles. And now we’ll discuss in short both and analyze both. So in this case when he stabs me, so what happens here is he attacks, I do defense out of this. So defense number 1, the thumb is out. The body moves, let’s do it from here.

We have pivoting on the legs, and turning the body. When we have the basic, it’s the counter attacking, and staying away from the person. So again, hand defense body defense, turn on the ball of the feet, counter attacking as soon as possible, and continuing strong kicks. If you manage, or if you have to stay in close range, it is possible to control the person. So when he’s recoiling you practically going towards him with low elbow and low pelvis. So again, if I manage to stay close, I will control him. If I could manage to do that technique at longer range, then of course why should I stay close and control the person?

The need to have a strong attack is a must. This time I was hitting, and a bit of pushing in the chest, imagine a very strong attack to the head. That is what you are aiming to do. Now the situation is not right handed from the left side, which brings me to here, his head is really in front of my face. What will happen in the other situation when he is coming from the other side, from the right side, at this moment what I did before was not enough. So now, when he’s attacking and I need to turn more, more, more. And this moment, dangerous situation, I look yet out of channel so well, until I will turn another 45 degrees or even more, and hit him, he had time to return and maybe stab me. So what we are saying, this is a principle of defend attack.

Please look, he’s attacking me, okay. From here, what happens if we turn at this angle. Defend, and turning the body and pivoting on the balls of the feet, and using the other hand immediately. So attack first, three attacks, immediately I went with the second control, correction, immediately I went with the second defense and control. And I’m emphasizing the strike, I’m not looking for a control, I’ll explain this.

So I’m not looking for a control and then to strike, because they have been conditioned to control attack. If I would not be able to control for whatever reason, I will disrupt my attack. So my attack will not happen. So now, I touch a little bit. That is the idea. Here again, like in the previous technique that we analyzed, common to a straight stab, I need to lower the shoulder and elbow, and strike while grabbing. If I stay high, two problems. One, control is not so good, defender defense is not so good. And the counter attack is at a ridiculous angle. Cannot reach well, and is not powerful enough. So I lower my shoulder, now I can defend better, I can control better, I can defend 2nd or 3rd stabs if there are, and I can attack well.

Regarding again the footwork, the footwork is usually the earliest situation, spinning. If I have more time, I can step. If I’ve got time, I will step out blindly with the close leg, and turn at the same time. So step and turn, if I’ve got the time. If I don’t have the time, it will be only spinning. So remember, the common mistakes of not lowering the shoulder, and the elbow, the spinning away not to do. I should not be spinning away, should not be spinning away if possible. I should be spinning and leaning forward, very early defend and defend, defend defend and attack. And the subject of focus on the counter attacks, less on the ground.

So we discussed the defense against a straight knife stabs from the side, different types of natural responses, and the main difference if that’s the natural response, then if we have this problem, a right handed attacker, attacking from the right side, it would be defend defend attack, if it is from the left side, just turning brings me very well in front of target. Thank you so much, and see you in two weeks, all the best.


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