Have you practiced and trained against a realistic knife attack? This is a real knife attack, and this is how they really happen. Practicing Active Self Protection can save your life if someone attacks you with a knife!
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Original video of the of the knife attack with details: http://goo.gl/xxslqE
What does this video teach us about fighting off a knife attack?
1. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed attacker such as a knife attack when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable. We pursue them from first to last, in order, to give us the best chance of successfully defending ourselves against an armed opponent. Deflect their force multiplier, Dominate as much as possible (best is the whole person, second is the arm with the tool, last is the tool itself), Distract the attacker (usually using pain, redirection, movement, etc.), Disarm the attacker, and Disable the attacker. In this knife attack the defender clearly got Deflect, and had Dominate, and at one point had a good Distract as well. But for whatever reason he didn’t progress to disarm, which left him in some trouble. Thankfully the news story says he got away and wasn’t severely wounded!
2. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private.
3. Your mobile phone is a useful tool but a dangerous one. It can be used to communicate, to get emergency help to you, and to avoid problems altogether in numerous ways. It can also be a very dangerous distraction, because it is designed purposefully to grasp our undivided attention and hold it. When in public, use your mobile sparingly and correctly. Don’t allow it to hold your attention for more than 20-30 seconds at a time, and hold it high so that your head is up and you can see past it to what is going on around you.
4. Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders. First of all, more conflicts you will encounter as a self-defender will require empty-handed skills than will require firearms skills, simply because more self-defense encounters are physical than deadly. Second, since a firearm is a tool of last resort, self-defenders need to have non-lethal options that include empty-handed skills to protect themselves from likely incidents. Third, in the moment of the encounter you may not have the time to get to your gun before you can fight your way to it. Against this knife attack, the rifle that the soldier had was functionally useless. He needed his empty-handed skills to win the fight!
5. Everyone likes to say, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.” But it’s equally true that you can’t bring a GUN to a knife fight! This knife attack shows that you have to win the knife fight before your firearm can come into play effectively. Trying to draw a firearm when someone is stabbing you with a knife is a great way to die, so work on your empty-handed skills to win the fight you’re in so that you can earn the right to draw your firearm and end the fight.
6. Keep your firearm ready to fire. Some people carry their firearm with an empty chamber (and this soldier had no magazine in the rifle, per his SOPs), but doing so is not recommended for several reasons if you can possibly avoid it. First, it assumes that you will have both hands available to you to draw your firearm, which isn’t necessarily the case. You might have a hand engaged or injured. Secondly, it assumes that you’ll have time to chamber a round in a gunfight, but gunfights are won and lost on tenths of seconds. Third, it assumes that you’ll have the dexterity to chamber a round under duress, though in the moment many times I have seen people fumble their chambering attempt. Keep your defensive firearm ready to fire, with a round in the chamber! Having your firearm ready to go, especially against a knife attack, is only smart planning.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com/)