Hi all. In our syllabus, we have a set of techniques for defending against various knife attacks. While they are fun to practice in the company of trusted fellow students, with fake knives, I wonder if they are practical at all, or worse, if they are counterproductive.
I'm thinking that if someone were to come at me with a knife, my first instinct is going to be to get out of the way as quickly as possible. If that's not an option, and I absolutely have to fight, then I think I'd want to throw something at them as a distraction and then either run or go mental with kicks to try to smash their limbs as quickly as possible to take away their ability to grip the knife or use it in a meaningful way. I actually think the very last thing I'd want to do is meet them and try to apply a fancy technique, wrestle them to the ground, then try to convince a raging psycho to voluntarily give up the knife by using a bit of pain to his wrist, if I manage to get the technique just right under pressure with someone who has already demonstrated their willingness to kill me if they get a chance.
OK so it might not be that effective, but it's got to be better than nothing right? Here's my thinking. Maybe. As a last resort. But I do wonder if the more naive students, the younger ones perhaps, the ones that win medals for their sparring prowess and can apply techniques with easy in the training hall, might believe so much in their skills that should the situation arise, they attempt it rather than just legging it.