Five Tips That Can Save Your Life in a Knife Attack
No one wants to face an attacker with a knife, especially if you’re unarmed, but these five tips can help you defend yourself long enough to escape.
Knives are scary because anyone can get one of them and they are pretty easy to hide. Chad McBroom, owner of Integrated Combat Systems , has been teaching self-defense against melee and shock weapons for several years. If you ever come across an attacker armed with a knife or any other melee weapon, here’s what he suggests you do:
- Stay mobile. Distance is your best ally against any melee weapon, so try to stay as far away as possible. Run if you can.
- Place obstacles between you and the attacker. A barrier is anything that your threat must avoid or move to get to you. This can be done by moving behind a stationary or moving object, such as a park bench or car, or by physically placing an object, such as a chair or shopping trolley, between you and the attacker.
- In case of contact, try to protect vital organs and arteries. Keep your arms raised and guard the center line that covers the throat, neck, lungs, heart, and arteries.
- Don’t get hung up on weapons. Like the tip of a whip, the blade is the fastest moving element of an attack. Pay attention to the sternum of the attacker, because any movement of the arm will come from the upper torso. Allow your motion-sensing peripheral vision to sense the movement of the blade.
- Stay in the battle. There is a good chance you will be cut; don’t focus on it. In spite of everything, fight to the end. You didn’t die until the coroner told you so.
Hopefully you never have to defend against a knife attack, but it’s always good to know the basics of survival just in case. Remember, always run if you can. If you would like to know more about protection against knife attacks, please visit the link below.
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