Knives are one of our oldest weapons with various forms and sizes and made from different materials like rock, bone, wood and succeeded by metals. Knives serve a diverse purpose, used as weapons, tools, utensils, and for ceremonial purposes.
In martial arts, knives are regarded as offensive and defensive weapons. The Philippine martial art of Escrima/Kali/Arnis deals specifically with weapon's training and defense. Knives are known to be one of the most dangerous weapons, feared more than guns for the following reasons:
- Knives are quick at hand, guns are not
- Hitting a moving target with a gun is difficult, much easier with a knife
- A gun can run out of ammunition, a knife is the ammunition
Defending against a knife, weaponless, usually ends in injury unless you have mastered years of skilled weapon's training.
Here are some tips for self-defense against a knife holder:
a) The most important aspects in a fight specifically a knife fight are courage and confidence; without these you are at a grave disadvantage no matter what fighting skills you possess.
b) If the possibility exists – always flee a knife attack. In any knife combat, a cut is inevitable.
c) Use whatever means available on your person to protect yourself.
Here are a few examples:
- A leather jacket - wrap it around your defensive arm for protection
- A belt - take it off and use it as a weapon to attack and disarm your opponent
- Coins, keys, etc, - throw them at your opponent’s eyes to blind or injure his sight
- A shoe - clothe it over one hand as a shield
If nothing is available for your defense, use courage. Prepare yourself mentally to sacrifice a cut in order to escape. Offer your weaker forearm for the cut by putting forward the top bone section, to avoid a vein/artery cut. Hold the weaker arm in front, and when your opponent strikes, use your stronger arm to knock him down or out, enabling you to flee.
“He who has confidence, has power; he who has courage, dares to win.”