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Israeli Krav-Maga: One of The Best Self-Defense Techniques Against Upper Knife Attacks

Updated: Aug 19, 2022

In this article, we will go over: What is a knife fight? What is a knife attack? What is the time before a physical attack? What are knife protection strategies in combat? What are the main ranges in knife protection? What is a long Upper Knife Attack? What is a frequent short Upper Knife Attack? What types of training knives and protective equipment are used in Krav-Maga training? What types of real attack knives exist?

 

Warning!

The concepts presented here are for illustration purposes only. Seek professional training from a reputable instructor before attempting any technique discussed or presented in this story.

 

What is a knife fight?

A knife fight is a violent physical confrontation between two or more fighters in which one or more of the participants is armed with a knife. A knife fight is defined by the presence of a knife as a weapon and the violent intent of the fighters to kill or neutralize each other; Participants may be completely untrained, self-taught, or trained in one or more of the formal martial arts in knives such as tactical Krav-Maga, Arnis, Combat Sambo and more ... Knife fights may involve the use of any type of knives, although there are knives designed for this purpose. Let’s face it, a confrontation that includes knives is pure chaos in motion, in this battle one has a great chance of not coming out alive or at best coming out with some painful souvenirs on the body. Studying knife protection nowadays is critical. Knives, and all sharp weapons, are very dangerous. No matter how trained you are, it is always best to avoid using a knife. Avoidance strategy is always the best policy but it is not always up to us, i.e. in cases of robbery with intent to murder; School bullying, and more ... As a result, we always have to be prepared for the worst-case scenario in our lives. The goal is to give ourselves a chance to cope with the problem and survive the disrespectful assault with knives. According to Mark Fesler (6th Dan in Krav-Maga), "A distinction should be done between a knife fight and a knife attack”. In the first case, “Two or more participants in a knife-armed battle”; In the second case, “The attacked is unarmed".

What is a knife attack?

It is worthwhile to have in our arsenal as many self-defense techniques as possible, for every possible scenario and type of knife attack. According to Mark Fesler (6th Dan in Krav-Maga), "Only the techniques you have practiced several times will be the techniques you will use naturally". When knife attacks in motion are characterized by the initial intention of the attacker to stab you at this moment. That is, he does not speak to you and he does not demand anything. In such a scenario you may have two options such as defending or escaping. When escape is not always possible ... we may be pushed into a corner or any other scenario where it is not possible to escape. In Police, studies have shown that "orderly retreat" is best, but turning your back and running, is an incorrect application tactic. The implication is that the attacker may be chasing us. What we offer is to find a way to retreat and not just run away, use every available object in the environment you are in, and make the escape a little more dignified. This may deter the attacker from pursuing. The implication is that the attacker may be chasing us. What we offer is to find a way to retreat and not just run away, use every available object in the environment you are in, and make the escape a little more dignified. This may deter the attacker from pursuing. If you can not escape you must fight and defend yourself. There are scenarios where before a physical attack a brief verbal conversation takes place between the attacker and a victim.


What is the time before a physical attack?

There are scenarios where before the physical struggle a verbal confrontation or some kind of threat takes place. This is usually the most recommended time to respond. Not to wait for the knife attack from the attacker, but to precede it and gain a strategic advantage. This of course requires practical training to carry out an instinctive attack. We recommend keeping an eye on the attacker's hands and trying to see if the attacker is hiding a hot or cold weapon. If you do not see his hands, uncertainty grows because you do not know what to expect from the attacker. For any scenario, whether it is a hot, or cold weapon one must be prepared with instinctive movements, i.e. perform without thinking at the level of instincts and this requires practice in groups and with the couple. According to Mark Fesler (6th Dan in Krav-Maga), "There is more of a legal problem and it must be proven that there was a real danger and that you felt threatened".


What are knife protection strategies in combat?

A knife attack is considered by many professionals in this field to be the greatest nightmare. Self-defense from a knife attack is very difficult and there are high chances that some injury will occur even in the case of neutralizing the attacker. According to Mark Fesler (6th Dan in Krav-Maga), "S