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How to Defend Yourself against Downward Stabbing

Learn how to defend yourself against downward stabbing in this self-defense video from Howcast.


Okay. So now we are going to speak about how to defend yourself against downward stabbing. The first thing that we need to know is the angle is probably going to go like 45 degrees, but even if it's straight down, the reaction is going to be the same.

First we need to protect ourselves, our body. That's the most important thing. But I want to do it in a safe way so I am not going to do this. I'm going to go for her. Why? Because if I wait for her, or I go backwards, I'm going to divide the forces between my arm that's staying here and my steps. If she keeps coming, she's going to keep coming, she's going to stop me even if I go further. What I going to do is, I'm going to do the opposite. I'm going to go for her. I'm going to actually press with my whole body. As soon as I see this, boom, I go like that with my whole body. That's the first thing.

After that, I'm going to right away strike to the face, and I can knee her groin. Boom. Come back. So one, two, and three. Now I'm opposite, she's going to do it, and I'm going to talk to you about a couple of things first. First, again, she's going to come to me. Very important. Nice. She stops here.

It's very important, because if I retract the knife, or I actually try to do any other thing, she has control. She goes straight. So very important to keep it there. Don't move it away. If you move it away, I can stab you. Keep staying there so you have control and you can strike at the same time. Once you do that, you can kick me. Boom. Nice. Knee again. Nice. We are going to repeat very slowly again. One. Two. Three.
And that's how you defend yourself against a downward stabbing.

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