Tips for Surviving Knife Fight

Ryan Hoover of Fit-to-Fight Krav Maga and Funker tactical is back! In this video, he gives tips for surviving a scary knife fight.

What are your thoughts?

Pretty interesting that he fears a knife more than a firearm. But to each his own I suppose.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Brahlic646 February 14, 2018, 8:47 pm

    That is some of the most sound/best advice for knife defense/fight I’ve seen or learned, very basic which is the most effective. I love the way you explain evading the confrontation if possible and the mindset of the knife wielder. ( I believe they are more dangerous than a shooter) great video I look forward to more.

  • Frank Garza September 7, 2015, 9:10 am

    Pretty good video. In my humble opinion a knife (or sharp object, screwdriver icepick, etc.) are more dangerous than a handgun because that’s what you are likely to encounter on the street.

    I try to keep things simple when teaching knife defenses:
    1. Get out of there if possible. Try to be aware of your surroundings especially the exits.
    2. If exiting is not possible try to get an equalizer (chair, beer mug, food tray, etc.)
    3. If 1, 2 not possible keep your elbows close to your body with yur forearms out and protect your vital organs.

    If you do attack or wind up being stabbed/slashed, don’t give up, fight back with everything you’ve got and tell yourself YOU WILL SURVIVE!!!!

    Fear is your friend not your enemy, use it for motivation to survive.

  • PcTripper November 24, 2014, 5:43 pm

    As a life long martial artist who had trained with some of the best in the world:
    Most of this is correct…for this skill level. I would prefer to use two hands on the arm and/or wrist, gain control, offbalance the opponent, then finish him in one quick movement whereby I never lose control. It depends on one’s skill level. Use a coat to protect your forearm. Use the environment to your advanatage,. suprise or shock your opponent or lull him into feeling safe. Deception.
    Most important. Get good training and practice a lot. And I mean a lot. Run away first, it possible.. If you have to fight you may win but still get cut.

  • CSQP November 24, 2014, 1:34 pm

    I would like to add a comment to the excellent video:
    The Rule for lethal encounters with any edged weapon in real life: The Principle is go from Prey to Predator mentally.
    Most knife attacks are chaos, extremely rapid, jack-hammer style to the body. Survival unscathed is not realistic. Your survival chances are best when you attack their throat.
    The two common knife attacks:
    PRESENTED KNIFE: If the weapon is presented and not used immediately, the attacker is “mentally disarmed”. You have now screwed up what they expected to happen when it was presented. Knife “presenters” are thieves, knife attackers are killers.
    a. Get to the elbow, closing space and moving past the threat. The wrist flails, but the elbow stays more anchored and easier to re-direct so you can safely move past.
    b. Do this while the attacker is talking if possible.
    c. On your way past the threat, target the front of the throat and strike it with everything you own.
    Innate cross-extensor reflexes will protect you immediately. You will reach out toward the threat and try to grab the knife That will buy you a second to realize what you must do. IGNORE the weapon and shut their brain off. Either side of the neck has temporary shut down (like feinting) targets caused by disturbing the blood pressure to the brain (commonly used in sport fighting chokes that causes temporary shut down of opponent). Reflexively, your body overcompensates for the instant of excess blood pressure caused by the brief constriction of the vagus nerves running the sides of the neck. The body drops the blood pressure to compensate and you pass out briefly (8-10 seconds).
    OR, The front of the neck is more lethal (resulting from asphyxiation). It is less important how you strike it, but you must hit it like you are getting one chance to save your life.

  • Scott November 24, 2014, 10:13 am

    Great video. Good job.


  • kary m, harris November 24, 2014, 10:08 am

    Would like to see more information on both defensive and offensive knife tactics. I am a firearms instructor in Texas and can not over infasise the dangers of facing an edged weapon to my students. Kary M, Harris

  • Al November 20, 2014, 4:22 pm

    Anybody who’s ever sat on a grand jury and seen the aftermath of a few stabbings will tell you a knife at close range is formidable weapon. If you’re stabbed in the gut, typically the surgery entails slitting your belly down the middle
    and (if you’re a male) vacuuming the fecal material out of your scrotum. Then looking for holes in the intestines; removing and re-sectioning as needed and stapling your belly shut. It is a gruesome surgical fix and you can collapse an die suddenly if any holes were missed weeks after the surgery. I’d take a nice clean bullet hole over multiple knife wounds in my belly – as long as it’s not a .22.

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