Many people don’t know this about me…but I survived an almost deadly knife attack.
I got the scar to prove it.
The attacker (who shall remain nameless for legal reasons) charged at me with a Rambo knife in the “icepick” position and then tomahawk chopped down in what seemed a slow motion blur.
And seeing the knife coming down on me, directly in the direction of my head, neck, and chest, I only had a split second to react.
The next thing I knew I had the guy on the ground with my knee in his back and the knife in my hand.
I don’t know who was more confused…me or the attacker.
The shitty part was…I was squirting blood like a fire hydrant from the shoulder…
Thank God for adrenaline…lol.
Unfortunately the knife stabbed me in the shoulder during my dis-arm technique but it was only a small flesh wound.
I’ll take it.
And after getting stitched up…I was back in the gym in less than a week.
Look, when you are being attacked by a psycho there is no time to think…your training & instinct must kick in.
And if it hadn’t been for my self-defense training…I’d probably be dead right now.
And if it can happen to me…it can happen to anyone.
The other day I was discussing this very topic with Jeff Anderson, who happens to be a good buddy of mine.
Jeff is a world class fitness trainer, decorated combat veteran, and self defense expert…and probably not the kind of dude you want to piss off in a bar.
But let’s say you did piss someone off in a bar…or say some guy tried to rob you in a parking lot and nobody was around…or worse…your mom, sister, or girlfriend were under attack…
Nobody fights “fair” anymore…
Do you know how to defend yourself against knife fighting?
Do you know the mindset behind a knife attack?
Can you “read” your assailant and know how he’s planning to attack you?
Well, if you ever leave your house at all and if you take the idea of self-defense seriously, you had better learn.
So I asked Jeff to put this short video together for you to demonstrate exactly how to protect yourself or a loved one if some idiot decides to pull a knife on you.
Knives are very common. They’re easy to get, they’re easy to carry, and they’re easy to conceal.
A man with a knife can leave you bleeding and maimed — or dead — in less than the time it takes you to read this paragraph. Trust me I know this from firsthand experience.
Especially when you don’t have a weapon of your own, you’ve got to understand how to read a knife fighting threat, how to predict a knife fighting attack.
If you don’t, you could pay with your life.
A man who comes at you with an edged weapon will often give away his intentions. There are no guarantees, of course.
These guidelines are just that; people can be unpredictable, and none more so than those individuals desperate enough to use a weapon to mug, rape, or kill a stranger. The probability is, however, that certain types of attackers present an edged weapon in certain ways.
Understanding this can give you an edge in dealing with them, even if you are unarmed yourself.
And if you don’t think it can happen to you…well…IT CAN.
If a guy presents a knife in a forward grip, especially if he’s holding it loosely and moving it around in front of him in showy patterns, he’s trying to impress you with it. He’s giving you time to see the knife and to understand what he could do with it.
He’s not planning to attack you with the blade, not immediately; he wants to scare you, to intimidate you. If he wanted to stick you he wouldn’t be wasting time trying to impress you (unless he’s working up the courage to do the deed).
An attacker who’s taken a strong fist-like grip on his weapon, or an attacker who has a knife but is trying to hide it behind his body, is much more dangerous. He’s in wait-and-see mode. He’s trying to decide if he wants to stab you, and he’s allowing for the very real possibility that he might.
Your actions will determine whether he goes through with his attack. Whether you pass or fail his “street interview,” whether you seem like an easy target or like somebody who can take care of himself, will determine whether he comes after you.
The most dangerous attacker is the man who holds an edged weapon with a death-grip in the “icepick” position. As silly as that locked-arm, overhand stab might seem, it’s extremely powerful. Yes, there are defenses and blocks taught against it, some of which are even presented as never-fail techniques.
In practice, though, a man stabbing away with an overhand icepick grip on an edged weapon is likely to drive right through your defenses, stabbing at your head and neck and doing you serious if not lethal damage in these critically vulnerable parts of the body. Luckily for me though, I knew exactly what to do.
Know how to read potentially deadly attacks. Your life is on the line.
Be safe out there,