How-To Instantly Defeat a Knife Attack

By Jim Mahan, Killeen Texas’ Self Defense Expert

Uh Oh! What to do???


There is a lot of stuff out there, some good, and some bad. Don’t forget, you are betting your life on your choice… Here are three quick tips on how to instantly defeat the knife.

1. My best way to defeat a knife attack is of course, not be there in the first place.

Barring that, the next best thing is to be able to get as far away from the knife as possible without getting cut while doing it.  Put as much distance as possible between you and your attacker’s weapon. Back up from your opponent and utilize any nearby objects to either arm yourself or block the path between you and your attacker.

If the attack is sudden and there is absolutely no way to put a barrier between the knife and our body then we must move away from the blade. The most effective movement to perform is called the “V-step”. Imagine that you are standing at the center point of a giant clock and the knife is in the 12 o’clock position. You should quickly move at an angle towards the 10 o’clock position while keeping your hands in front of you and with your palms towards your face. While moving, think small. Crouch your body and hollow your stomach away from the knife. This will move your body away from the cutting or stabbing line while protecting soft fleshy areas.

2. Grab the weapon hand – secure the blade!

Once you have gotten yourself angled away from the slash or stab, we need to keep our attacker from doing it again. The absolutely best way to secure the blade is to seize the attacker’s weapon hand in what is called a baseball bat style grip. You want to hold the arm or wrist with your palms facing each other, fists very close together and thumbs locked. Just imagine the arm is a baseball bat and you will have it. This grip makes it extremely hard for your attacker to shake off or dislodge your hands and keep trying to gut you. As well, these grips are very secure in that you can move around and fight for space in order to disarm the bad guy or find an escape.

3. Disarm and Escape…

Now that we have the weapon hand and are controlling the very thing intent on killing us, what do we do with it? The Filipino Combat Arts have a saying that is very apt, “Defang the snake”. We are going to do whatever it takes to smash the attacker’s hand on your knee and break it or damage it enough to make the blade fall away. We want to slam it into a wall, smash it repeatedly with one of our fists, whatever you can find or do to make that grip weak. Okay! Now the blade is on the ground; what next?

Our best bet is to follow another good rule of thumb. I call it, “Reducing the vision”. We want to head butt them in the nose, poke our fingers or other sharp object into the attacker’s eyes so that when we run, he or she cannot see to follow.

My last tip on making a good escape is to weaken or prevent our attacker from following us. This tip is called, “Reduce the mobility”. You want to kick the attacker’s leg, stomp their foot, kick a knee or push them into a wall so that they fall while we run away to a safe place.

4. Live, Survive, Thrive.

A knife fight or knife attack is one of the most challenging situations a person trained in self defense can encounter. Especially when we find ourselves unarmed against the blade. There are many, many techniques and procedures that are effective with a great deal of time and practice. You might not have that time. You can use these simple, direct and effective techniques to escape and live to see another day.

Self protection techniques are an investment into your family’s life. Spend the time and learn a few strategies and tactics that could prevent a horrible event.


About the Author:

Self Defense and Knife Fighting Expert, Jim Mahan has helped thousands of individuals just like you learn simple and effective ways to protect themselves. Jim spent 20 years in the US Army and three combat tours teaching US and Allied forces fighting skills used on current battlefields. For more unbeatable, sure-fire ways to defend yourself or your family, join the Self Defense program at Jim’s academy in Killeen, Texas.



URGENT! Free Child Safety Classes In Killeen!

Attention all parents and clients!

Does Your Child Know What To Do Now?

In light of the recent child abductions and several attempts in the area, the gym will be hosting a FREE 2 part child safety clinic next week. As you know, the gym isn’t that big so I am asking for you to RSVP you and your child(ren).

We will host a expert in child safety as well as local authorities. More information to follow.

  • Part One will be conducted Wednesday, November 3rd at 5:30PM.
  • Part Two will be conducted Saturday, November 6th at 10:00AM.

Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to arm your family with prevention. Feel free to invite other family members, just include them in your RSVP.

Thank you so much for helping us protect our children.

A Great Visit WIth BJJ Professor Jamel McCurry!

We had a great time with Professor Jamel McCurry on Friday. I got to spend a few hours with him working on my own skill development as well as learning some new ways to move that will help protect my bad back. Next, he taught a cool kids class and had us all laughing.

Some of the instructional topics were:

  • How posture in different positions can affect attempts to escape or transition
  • Submission technique combination’s from transitions
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu theory and application
  • Importance of “hooking” in positional control
  • Lots more. Missed it? Shame on ya!

To top off the visit after the adult class; Professor Jamel promoted Coaches Lynn and Britt to Blue Belt. It was a great rewarding time.

Professor Jamel is a amazing instructor and his critical eye and extensive knowledge is going to be a great benefit to all of us. Can’t wait until the next trip!