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How to Defend against an Uppercut Stab from Hand Range

Learn how to defend yourself against an uppercut stab from hand range courtesy of Krav Maga Master Instructor Rhon Mizrachi in this Howcast video.


We're doing a defense against an Uppercut Stab from Hand Range.

He came to stab, my first motion is out of the line of that strike, as his hand comes down, I will attack his forearm and pin it to his body, at the same time I'm going to punch him in the face and grab the hand, so it's a complex motion. You're going to bring it to the side, lock his arm on top of you, grab and isolate his wrist as close as you can be to his body and at the same time deliver a strike. So, one more time. Once you're here, you're going to grab the thumb, keeping a window here, making sure that he cannot open his hand, like this. Since he cannot open his hand, he cannot transfer the knife either, I can maintain possession over the wrist, I'm going to move out and lift the knife to a place that is between us, that I can always see and that is as far away from my face, and as I'm going to do it I'm going to deliver a kick to the groin and put all the energy on the wrist to buckle it and bring him to the ground. Once I'm here, I can close the gap and deliver a stomp to the head and I'm just going to rip the blade out of his hand and open up the gap.

Please, let's do it all together. All I need is a step to the side. One, don't forget, you've got to come low, there's a knife coming at you. And one. Again. One. Again. One. The hand that goes to catch his arm as it's coming up, and what you need to do is, because of your natural motion, is keep your elbow forward and lower than your palm. Naturally if it's forward it's going to be easier to grab his wrist and naturally because it's lower, his hand cannot slide into your body. If you can't arrange the elbow you can cause a situation where you stop his hand but it continues to travel into your body. So, maintain your elbow low and your wrist to the rear. Once you're there, since we're doing it you might as well, protect your hand with the other face, it's just the most comfortable thing to do. So one more time. And one. Back. Completely off the line please. One. Back. And again, one. Back. One last time. One. What you're going to do here is grab his hand and punch at the same time. It's important that you understand that right now there is no pivot to your punch, if you would pivot the punch you are
pivoting into a blade. You don't need to pivot; you just want to maintain your hip further away from that sharp edged weapon. One more time slow, we're going to try and grab and punch all in one count, but slow. One. Again. One. Again. And one. Grab his hand, make sure you grab his thumb too, open up the gap, elevate the hand up, kick him in the groin, put the foot forward, add another step and back on the wrist. We have one, two and three. Go ahead. One, two, three. Again. And one more time. One. Great. Please, start stabbing one another, slow. One more time.

Thank you very much.

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