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Combination Analysis: Knife Stabbing, Slashing, Pushing, and Footwork in Top Self-Defense Techniques

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

This article deals with realistic scenarios of existing knife attacks to illustrate the problem to self-defense practitioners. The goal is not to say what more dangerous exercises are, but for the purpose of awareness of Trainees and Coaches, pay attention! About risk and danger in reality! To illustrate the subject, the whole article is devoted only to the question - What characterizes stabbing? What is the characteristic of slashing? What are the common slash techniques with the knife? What are the common combinations of stabbing and slashing? What types of training knives and protective equipment does self-defense training use? What types of real assault knives are there? What are the recommended books to read, on the subject of knives?

The concepts presented here are for illustrative purposes only. Before attempting any technique discussed or presented in this article, seek professional training from a reputable instructor.

What characterizes stabbing?

In the video above, Ivan Causillas from the Israeli KALAH Combat System Mexico shows knife techniques in zero range.

The knife stab can cause deep damage, but it has a limited amount of scattering due to the thinner profile of the blow. It is best used to target internal organs like kidneys, lungs, heart, spleen, etc., but it can also be used effectively on external soft targets like the eyes. Stabbing can be very effective by deception and surprise sudden attacks, by a suitable foot technique Read our previous article on the subject (Footwork Dynamics for Self-Defense: Motion while knife attacks in Krav-Maga). One advantage is the tremendous speed with which the "Sewing Needle" technique can be applied, point linear punches. Creating deep stab wounds, when used in this way, the downside is that if they miss a vital target, because of the thin scatter, the wound is usually not as severe as it seems, and can be treated quite easily. This is still true of cuts, but with these, one does not have to be precise to hit a vital target like in a stab.

What is the characteristic of slashing?

The slashing by the knife allows the practitioner the ability of unexpected and dynamically flowing movements, making the knife attack together while focusing on larger areas of the body. That is a series of incisions in the areas of the body that contain arteries and tendons, where the chance of hitting a vital target increases with each knife blow. However, it is more violence of an action-based technique than the violence of surprise. When, a person skilled from the worlds of Cali, KALAH, Krav-Maga, etc ... will be able to use this technique for both surprise and knife battles. Most often in the first case, the fatal result is immediate for the victim, i.e. he will not even feel the knife slash from the specialist, and the inevitable loss of consciousness within three minutes, as a result, death. However, it must be noted that slicing will never achieve the lethal ratio of bleeding out in the capacity of direct stabbing. Humans do not die from cuts, they die from blood loss.

What are the common slash techniques with the knife?

In applied martial arts such as Cali, KALAH, Krav-Maga, and more ... quite a few cutting techniques are used with the knife. Cutting techniques distract the opponent through various deception techniques. Below is an explanation of some of the cutting technique schemes. When a premise is that the right hand performs the slicing by the knife:

Vertical slash technique - slicing with a knife follows a vertical line straight down through the target. When Forward Knife Grip Technique - Hammer (Saksak) or Sword (Saber) used, see our previous article on the subject, (Top Knife Techniques: Side and Straight, in Krav-Maga and other methods). The other hand performs the deception movement during this knife slicing. That is, making certain contact with the opponent or likeness of the contact on the opponent's body.

Front Slash Technique - Slitting with a knife follows a straight line in a front blow (From the right to the left), over the target areas of the neck (high diagonal), or abdominal area (low diagonal), when, Forward Knife Grip Technique - Hammer (Saksak) or Sword (Saber) used. Technically the attacking hand performs in parallel with the slicing a rotational movement using the palm upwards until the blade of the knife makes contact with the opponent. That is, the rotational torque of the wrist through the cutting motion causes more damage to the opponent. Two cases must be noted:

  • Strong swing to the left - During the swing with rotational momentum of the palm is created kinetic energy of the hand with the knife, which is braked near the left leg of the attacker with the knife, i.e. the blade of the knife is located near the knee of the attacker.

  • Weak swing to the left - in this case, the kinetic energy of the knife is weaker relative to the previous one and also less harmful ability, especially if the opponent is wearing something thick. The advantage relative to its predecessor is the ability to control the knife. That is, it is more difficult for the opponent to take control of the forearm of the attacking hand.

Reverse Slash Technique - Reverse Slash is a sequel to the Front Slash technique. This allows for a secondary attack and also the ability to resume the basic fighter position. When, the knife (sharp on both sides of the blade) follows a straight line in a repeating blow from left to right, across the target areas of the neck (high diagonal) or abdominal area (low diagonal). Technically extend the right hand while simultaneously turning the palm down until the blade of the knife make