This video demonstrates the reality of just how hard it is defend yourself against a knife attack.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Fighting with Knives
After Judo class once, another student was asking my sensei about fighting off an attacker with a knife. My sensei, who also teaches edged weapons fighting, flatly said that he would rather be attacked with a long sword than with a small knife. With a sword, he said, the range of motion is limited and if you know what you are doing you can move inside your attacker's striking radius making it difficult for the sword to be effective. Not so with a knife. He did a couple of demonstrations and then said something I'll never forget, "If you fight a person with a knife, you are gonna bleed. The only real question is if you are gonna live."