Today I’d like to show you some Krav Maga techniques very useful in case of knife attack. You could answer me that you already know a lot of Krav Maga techniques to use in these cases … but I would like to show you some variations.
The knife attack can take place in different ways and with different angles and Krav Maga always comes to help us, not only in the best (easiest) cases. But let me show you better the details.
When you are in front of an attacker with a knife you may find yourself under threat (better case) or under attack (worst case). In both cases our Krav Maga techniques will help you.
1. Threat (better case): the attacker threatens you with a knife, keeping it at a variable distance from you, asking for money or other things such as the keys of your car or jewelry, the clock, etc.
2. Attack (worst case): the attacker is a fool and does not want to rob you but kill you! In this case you have to save your skin!!!
So in the second case the attacker does not want to play with you, maybe showing you the knife attack angles he knows, but he will try to kill you by cutting your meat! Someone convinced to know the Krav Maga in all its aspects could say that there are different defense techniques (e.g. 360 defence). Well I tell you that these techniques, however, could not always be the best solution. In fact, let’s try to imagine this particular case: the attacker decides to grab your jacket / T-shirt with one hand and then stab you with the other hand. In this case he wants to keep a distance from you and his arm between you and him makes the application of a knife defense standard technique much more difficult. And so which Krav Maga technique can you use? I suggest you two options to deal better the attacker and get out safely from this situation.
First option: you have not to “play” with the attacker applying continuously the 360° defense to block his attacks and stop. You have to block the knife attack firstly and then counterattack immediately by punches, kicks and wrist leverage in order to bring him to the ground as quickly as possible and safe for you (he has a knife in his hand!).
Second option: as soon as the assailant grabs your jacket / T-shirt you have to apply the 360° defense against the knife attack and immediately hit with your opposite hand his elbow so he releases the grip and you can go behind him. You have to be quick and precise to hit his elbow with the opposite hand so he raises his arm (and then he releases the grip) and at the same time you have to go with your body down to facilitate your exit from his grip. As soon as you go behind him you have to grab him with your arms and bring him to the ground to finish him with punches. How do you bring him to the ground? Simple: use one leg as an obstacle and simply sit on the other one. Do not forget that Krav Maga is based on the natural movements of the body! As soon as you are on the ground you have to control with your leg or your knee the arm of the attacker that hold the knife in order to hit him without any stab risks.

Believe me: it is very important to study every case of a knife attack in order to apply the best Krav Maga technique to defend yourself. You haven’t to think that it is enough to know the 360 ° defense in order to defend yourself. An attacker who wants to stab you with a knife is a madman who wants to kill you so you always have to think about the best Krav Maga technique for the worst situation! You have to always be ready for the worst situation and adapt yourself to that scenario so you can survive!!! Don’t believe in your techniques but believe in yourself!
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