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Defense Combinations Analysis and immediate attack by the knife in Krav-Maga, Example A

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

What is immediate protection and attack using the knife? What is a technical analysis of immediate protection and attack using the knife? What are the starting position techniques, in the battle of knives, Example A? What types of training knives and protective equipment are used in Krav-Maga training? What types of real assault knives are there?

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 is immediate protection and attack using the knife?

In Israeli Krav-Maga, in the special forces when teaching the basics of knife protection, first of all, trainers take rubber knives and start stabbing the trainees with full force. Note: Mandatory protective equipment in this exercise! In this way, the trainees understand how difficult it is to defend against this attack. In the second stage when the attention of the trainees at the peak begins to teach basic movements of steps and combinations. For that matter a combination of self-defense against attacking the knife and immediate counter-attack back with the knife. This combination consists of two main elements. When first, a step back was made, with the back leg. When it is necessary to note that the knife in this case is on the same side of the hand that the back leg. That is, if the retreat is with the right leg backward, then the knife is in the right hand. Also, at the same time, you have to make a cutting (slashing) move using the knife from left to right down. It should be noted that the knife grip can be performed by one of the three Forward grips, see our previous article (Top Knife Techniques: Side and Straight, in Krav-Maga and other methods). Immediately afterward a step is made forward with the front leg (left leg), when the blow of the knife is directed towards the face or throat of the enemy, also known as ("leap of the serpent"). This combination has a defensive nature first of all in the first stage when in the second stage it is an immediate attack.

What is a technical analysis of immediate protection and attack using the knife?

To do this combination correctly the footwork is of great importance, see our previous article (Footwork Dynamics for Self-Defense: Movement During Knife-Attacks). To make the process easier to understand, we will divide the combination into two parts:

Part One - Retreat with a cutting blow using the knife

As a start to the exercise, the body weight should be placed on the front leg. As a result, it will be easier to take a step back with the hind leg. When naturally you will be able to put all the weight on the back leg, resulting in the retraction being faster. So with a step back, it is mandatory to perform a knife-cutting blow from top to bottom and sideways, all in a circular motion. By doing so, the attacking arm can be damaged with an enemy knife. This is a well-known self-defense strategy when the fighter in front of you is armed with a knife. That is, the goal is to avoid attacking him, and immediately attacking the opponent's arm. As a result, your enemy can be stabbed or severely cut. As a result, he may not be able to take further action against you. However, this tactic is not always effective in a real battle. Your enemy can wear thick clothes that will prevent him from severe cuts.

Part Two - Jumping forward "Jumping of the snake" with a direct knife blow

At this point, a fast forward was made with a direct knife blow. Note: The target of this attack is the final neutralization of the opponent. When, a person skilled in martial arts in terms of the law, will easily become the victim of the assault, a person accused of murder (it is clear that in war the rules are different than in the lives of civilians). When technically made a leap forward using the left leg, then in this technique the knife is in the right hand. Such knife blows have great power, through which the thick clothes can be easily pierced. Notice that your body weight goes over the back leg. As a result of this position, it will be easier to leap forward. As a result, the defensive position becomes the offensive one.

What are the starting position techniques, in the battle of knives, Example A?

Below we will review some advanced knife fighting tactics, which are based on our previous articles on knives such as: