An edged weapon attack that happens on the street, in your home, or anywhere else is different from a ‘knife fight’. In an edged weapon attack, knife fighting expert Master Jerry Wetzel advises us not to think in terms of martial arts or knife fighters, but more about what makes the attacker tick and why he/she thought to bring a weapon in the first place; more often than not, it’s probably because the weapon puts them at an advantage.
Bu the second you start to take away that weapon, they’ve lost their advantage and need to regain control. Unlike TV or films, in a real knife assault you don’t see a lot of combining of weapons with empty hand techniques.
It’s all about the weapon, so once that advantage gets halted or is threatened, most attackers will first try and pull back before troubleshooting (believe it or not, this follows a typical linear continuum of what occurs in an edged weapon assault).
If we defend ourselves the way we should, the attacker is put on the ground before he/she can troubleshoot. In Jerry’s “Disarm and Disable,” a knife defense course offered at Science of Skill, he teaches a couple of key moves, including the “Duck Trip,” which gets your attacker exactly where you want them – on the ground and with you in control.
(This clip was taken from permission from our “Disarm and Disable” Knife Defense DVD program – click here to learn more about this course)
When you perform this maneuver, here are a few key points to focus on in your drills:
Once your opponent is face down, you’re in an ideal position to strike, disengage, or access any other tools that you might have within reach.
Jerry has literally flown around the world to teach law enforcement personnel and everyday folks how to defend with a knife (one of the last times I spoke with Jerry on the phone, he had just come back from Norway and Australia teaching his knife defense techniques). There aren’t many people in the United Stated with that kind of martial focus, and we’re grateful to have some of Jerry’s expertise to share here at Science of Skill.
About the “Disarm and Disable” Knife Defense DVD Program: “Disarm and Disable” is a short, powerful DVD course devoted entirely to defending oneself against edged weapons and knives. Master instructor Jerry Wetzel explains principles and drills for: Avoiding the line of attack, controlling an attacker’s weapon with technique instead of strength, and reversals and takedowns to end a fight quickly. Click here to learn more about this full course.
A post from the founder and head publisher at Science of Skill, LLC. A martial arts black belt and self defense instructor, Dan has spent years training with and interviewing some of the world's best self protection experts. His passion lies in encouraging others to train smart and to improve the skills that make them safer and stronger.
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