Knife Defenses in Pure Krav Maga - Military, Law Enforcement and Civilian Life saving Skills/Boaz Aviram, Pure Krav Maga Founder

Instead of showing techniques from a Manual and blaming students for not being able to master them fast enough, telling them they need years of training for mastery, if you want to provide students with significant help of how to defend themselves, you need to show them first how humans can use their bodies and weapons to maximum reach, force, and speed. 

This amounts to being more efficient in controlling your fate!  You must also teach the so called invisible forces of awareness, timing and feinting with its consequences and its cure.

Once this is achieved, students get the idea of how to attempt to do it and how to attempt to defend it and what to expect.

Now you would teach the best approach to handle each angle and methods of knife attack.

When using a handy object which could also be the same weapon the opponent has there are four approaches to each front side of the opponent. The preference of that is perhaps the ease of reach to pressure points to end the confrontation swiftly with strive to one kill shot as a counter.

For using your boots vs. knife you learn four tactics using kicks: front, side, roundhouse, and Scissors Kick. These kicks provide the best tactical approach within the kicking range to critical pressure points with minimum endangerment of the defender. They can be used preemptively, or when an opponent did not execute a committed attack and is jumping backward after the initial attempt that may have been deflected or may have been an out of reach feint.

For bare hands vs. Knife, there are four of these in Pure Krav Maga with slight finishing variation depending if you have the luxury to end behind the opponent's back, or end in front of him. That means that you need to drill total of eight slightly different techniques in this section.

There is also another drill which is part of the curriculum training you to deal with an opponent that uses his front foot or hand for distraction with a kick, punch or continuous slapping so he can use his cross hand to stab you with no interruption. Here you learn to prioritize as well.

Pure Krav Maga Knife Tactics are proofed to prevent repeated attack of any sort. These characteristics lie in few components considering reaction time, physical reach and control methods in which a strike provides the most effective control as it distracts the opponent, breaking his plans momentarily or permanently.

Students do tend to get confused from the mass details required to memorize to ensure success. So be patient and keep in mind that you can always go back and rehearse prior training drills if forgotten. 

The key is now to aspire to have the students mind and body being able to retrieve their knowledge and use their judgments within an instant. 

Therefore, in sparring drills, we develop intuitive sense to match the correct response to a knife attack.   There, student in the attacker role keeps changing his position and knife hold prior to entry into the hot zone. In such a fashion, instructors should supervise that all critical forms of approach that can contribute for such purpose had been drilled sufficiently.

Other knife threat scenarios could be coupled with the grappling chapter or could be rehearsed with the knife chapter as well. The reason is that they are more in the grappling range. 

Knife on the throat from the front or back in standing and lying and sitting positions, are the major threats.  Defenses vs. knife stab when attacker sits on top on the ground and throat slash standing from the rear are drilled as well.

Sparring drills on the ground could be added where students need to prioritize between controlling the knife and attacking soft pressure points.  

The military does not use disciplined marching for his combat tactics, and therefore there is no merit for line up calisthenics and stand up demos instead of unarmed combat training methods.

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