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Defend Yourself against an Overhead Knife Strike in Krav Maga

Learn how to defense yourself against an overhead knife strike from Krav Maga Master Instructor Rhon Mizrachi in this Howcast video.


We're working on defense - knives against knives starting with an overhead strike. This is a situation when a knife has been produced as an object, as a weapon, and you happen to carry a knife or you have a knife close by. It's a system that was developed for soldiers where there could be a situation with individuals carrying a knife.

From here - sorry, let's change places. From here the first thing we need to understand is that even if I saw the knife coming out and I do have a knife, there's no reason for me to pull the knife and show it to him. There's no reason to. I'm not afraid of him knowing that I have a knife, but what I don't want to do is cause him to fear it because at this point he has two options: either to go home because he knows I have a knife or to come in and stab me.

However, if I'm going to take a knife and put it in front of him I'm going to give him an option to start fencing with me. And because of it, even if I pulled the knife, I'm going to take it, stay in a neutral stand and I'm going to make sure that my knife is somewhere over here. I don't want to have the knife standing directly in front of him.

Once he attacks, I'll attack him. One more time slow. The minute I see him moving forward, I'm just going to step off to the side and strike his throat. From here out. I'm going to give myself some space and that's where it simply ends.

One more time from here. Thank you. Please. Two legs side by side. Take your knife. Hold it firm. It doesn't matter if you hold it here or you put a thumb in there. For now, put it right there. It's okay for him to see the handle, but he doesn't need to see the blade. We're going to do a 45 degree step forward with our right, turning our right shoulder into him and the knife forward. Left hand obviously is going to protect your face.

One. Again. One. Again. One. Again. One. Thank you very much. Please. Take space. Switch it again. No, is it? Back. Again. Again. Explosive, explosive. That's right. You don't have to wait for him to do anything. You see a movement forward, attack him. One last time. Very good. Thank you very much.

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