Armed & Unarmed Knife Defense

The Armed & Unarmed Knife Defense course is currently in development and is available in an early-access format for Special Tactics Elite Members only. New modules will be released as they become available. While the graphics, sounds, and activities in this course may not be finalized or polished, the course content is very close to what will appear in the complete course.

The Armed & Unarmed Knife Defense course is currently in development and is available in an early-access format for Special Tactics Elite Members only. New modules will be released as they become available. While the graphics, sounds, and activities in this course may not be finalized or polished, the course content is very close to what will appear in the complete course.

We provide early access content to our elite members for two main reasons. First, members can benefit from getting an early look at course materials. Second, Special Tactics can benefit from getting real-time member feedback on the course content, user experience, and presentation. Therefore, we encourage members to offer both positive and negative feedback on early-access courses, editing suggestions, corrections, ideas for improvements, and specific requests for course content/subjects.

The Armed & Unarmed Knife Defense course addresses the growing threat of deadly knife attacks. While knife defense incorporates many core principles of armed and unarmed defense, there are many specific concepts and techniques that are particularly useful or relevant when facing off against a knife attacker. The course will include the following subjects:

  • Unarmed standing knife defense against lunging, stabbing, and slicing attacks
  • Strikes, joint-manipulations, and throws
  • Ground-fighting techniques against knife attackers
  • Protecting someone else against a knife attack
  • Using improvised weapons against a knife attacker
  • Armed knife defense

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Course Includes

  • 2 Modules
  • 8 Lessons

Responses

  1. Well easy to understand and hit on the most important components in an unarmed encounter with an assailant with a knife. In each lesson topic the basic foundation of situational awareness and controlling the distance was reiterated which is crucial. Defending against attacks with a weapon is something that takes a lot of time and practice to be able to do effectively. Understanding the principles of distance and violence of action will increase an individual’s chances of survival drastically. There is no perfect technique that can be copied and pasted just actions taken with mindset and correct timing.

    1. Great comments and it is very true, there are no perfect techniques. Our goal here is to provide a comprehensive bank of options to choose from. Inevitably, each person is going to prefer some techniques over others and will make adjustments for their own requirements. Also, the course is under development and there are many more techniques on the way. The plan is is to have about 20-30 techniques added before we tie off “part 1” and start on “part 2.” There will also be a series of techniques for “armed knife defense” for how to incorporate the gun at various engagement ranges.

  2. That was a great course, very comprehensive. I like the way that information is repeated, for comprehensive memory. While the key focus is distance it is gratefully equal should you decide to act, you should act quickly and violently, speed, distance, and control, is key to any engagement.

  3. Really well put together. Empowering individuals with basic knowledge makes an out-sized difference when the goal of the attacker is to control with fear. Slight mindset shifts can go a long way in taking the initiative from back from the bad guy and building mental resilience in communities.

  4. Regarding the stab counters in the knife defense course; my impression is that they rely a little too much on working with an extended arm rather than taking into account that a knife-bearing limb is likely to move faster than someone can grab the wrist. Most of the defenses also require several moves before damaging or disrupting the attacker. While I’m no subject-matter expert, my suggestion would be an initial intercept that both deflects and damages or unbalances the attacker.

    I did like the pin and strike defense though, and I appreciate what you guys are doing here.

    1. Mischa, thank you for the outstanding comments. You are right on target. Because the course is ”in development” there are a lot of modules missing. The introduction to that course is going to discuss how the first modules are the very most BASIC responses and in some cases might be sub-optimal but will be the quickest to master. The first goal is to minimize the chance of a critical injury with the shortest possible training time. The more advanced knife defense techniques incorporate some of the exact methods you describe and employ strikes to the vital areas and the weapon arm more dynamically. However, our mindset is that if someone only has one hour to practice, we want to give them the simplest thing that they can remember easily and might save their vital organs in a high stress situation. Then they can move on to more advanced techniques. If someone starts out picking even one technique and practices it to the point where it is second nature, they will be better off than some schools out there that teach a lot of techniques but never achieve true spontaneous response. So that module is basically to provide a selection of the most basic ”level 1” techniques that a student can experiment with, choose the ones that he/she prefers and then master them before moving on. Also, we don’t claim to have all the answers. We are going to post our techniques/perspective but EVERY technique has pros and cons and in the end, it’s about what works for you. So if people disagree, instead of insisting that our way is right we hope they will argue with us on the site and provide alternative viewpoints. That way, everyone learns including us. Thank you again for the comments and we look forward to hearing more from you soon.

      1. Stab counters 2 resonated a bit more with my training. I particularly liked the sweep and shoulder drops.

        The course would benefit from in-depth analysis of each technique’s strengths and weaknesses. Rather than just deciding which techniques they “like,” students should have an objective framework to use in making their decisions.

  5. Do attackers with knives usually present the knife before attacking? Though I have not been in a knife fight, and my training in knife fighting is limited, I’m under the impression that attackers with knives usually conceal the blade until the last possible moment. I think the course would do well to emphasize this, noting that any potential attacker (identified through body language analysis and verbal interactions) may be armed with a knife, and the defender may have a split second to react to the inclusion of a blade in the attack. Perhaps the avatar in the training diagram would be better portrayed as concealing the blade for a while longer.