This course contains the anti-knife techniques from the internationally acclaimed Urban Krav Maga system. All based on leverage and a profound knowledge of the traditional martial arts developed through decades of experience.
We would never deny that if your attacker has a knife you are best to run or comply if they just want the money. Sometimes running and compliance just aren't amongst the options: this course is all about what to do at those times to save yourself and others around you.
This teaches various options re handling a knife threat to the from including how to dis-arm quickly.
This teaches how to handle a knife threat from the from with a very sharp, small blade or a syringe with needle; with weapons like this, some of the disarms shown in Lecture 1 are not appropriate hence the alternatives shown here.
When the guy makes a right handed threat to the left side of your neck from the front, and vice versa.
This time the guy threatens you from the front but the knife is at a bit of a distance so you need to adapt different tactics from those shown above.
The guy grabs you and threatens keeping the knife at some distance, defensive options.
How to respond the the guy threatens you with his hand on a concealed blade.
Here, the attacker puts a right handed threat against the left hand side of your neck and vice versa.
This time you're standing against a wall, say at a cashpoint, and the guy comes behind you sticking the point of the blade into your back.
The guy threatens from from behind, placing the blade at the side of your neck. This technique can also be used mutatis mutants if the puts the blade again the front of your throat.
When the guy grabs you from behind, puts good strong control of your throat and threatens you with the blade. See the Bonus Content section below for some more material on this problem.
This time the guy grabs you from behind, sticks you up against the wall and keeps the blade at a distance.
The guy puts you up against the wall and hold the blade right up against your throat, the back of your head stuck against the wall.
This time you're against the wall but the guy holds the cutting edge against your throat using the "ice-pick" hold on the knife.
Attacker grabs you and threatens with the knife held at a distance from you. A couple of options are shown here, which you choose being largely dictated by how far away the knife is from you.
Here the attacker comes from behind and sticks the blade under your armpit against your axillary artery, a very dangerous threat as a cut to this artery will kill.
Blocking an aggressive downward stabbing attack. As with all the lectures in this section we will show how to stop the attack, deal with the attacker recoiling the weapon and how to neutralise him or her quickly.
Defending a straight stab to the neck when you have time to stick up a guard and position yourself; also useful against an attempt to glass you in the face.
Defending slashing attacks using a two-armed block to stop both high and low slashes from all angles.
Blocking upward thrusts to the midriff area.
Sometimes, if the attacker is going at you very fast with wild slashes for example and there is no place to run, an aggressive single leg takedown can be an effective solution; risky, but less risky than letting the guy slice you and effective if you know how to deliver a good strong takedown. This technique also has applications outside the realm of taking on a knife attacker.
Defending a straight stab attack if you are caught with you arms down with no time to adjust and put on a guard before the guy stabs you.
A drill showing how you can apply stomp kicks against the knife attacker and apply some of the other knowledge learned in the previous lectures to survive the confrontation. This is shown mostly against the guy using the ice pick attack on you but it has a wider applicability.
Stewart McGill, Senior Instructor with the British Combat Association and Urban Krav Maga. Previously a 3rd Dan in Goju Ryu karate, Civilian/Law Enforcement Instructor with the IKMF.
Member of the Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine Hall of Fame.
As well as having been an Instructor with the International Krav Maga Federation, I’ve trained with the Israel Krav Maga Association in Israel.
I was earmarked by my Goju Ryu instructor to take over the running of the club; he had been trained by Yamaguchi Hanshi who was trained by the famous Miyagi, founder of the style and one of the most revered figures in the history of the Okinawan/Japanese martial arts. Consequently, I’m proud of my lineage in this style and although we now train very differently, this solid background in the traditional arts that both Leo Negao (my Co-Chief Instructor, 4-time World Champion in Brazilian Ju Jitsu) and I enjoy has strongly informed the way we have developed our system.
Some of the good stuff in traditional martial arts has been misinterpreted and/or obscured over the years and needs adapting to reality. And too many martial arts focus on a variation of `one-to-one fighting in a ring between people of equal weights.
That’s why I teach people need no-frills, effective self–defence techniques that can be learned quickly and are clearly applicable to real situations and that don’t require levels of strength, fitness and flexibility to which only professional sports people can aspire.
“Over the years I have done a few martial arts and this is the most effective and easy to learn”
Sgt. Jon Millbanks, Metropolitan Police
“Your knife work is superb”
Renshi Anthony Pillage, Chief Instructor, Way of the Spiritual Warrior Martial Arts
“(your seminar) was superbly practical and clearly proved why so many techniques that look good are of little value in real life close encounters. Your style is the best out there for self defence.”
Swee Lip, former Chief Executive Master Sken Academy
“If you want to know about Krav Maga, then check out the 6-disc DVD set by Stewart McGill…This is a very comprehensive, very instructional, first rate product presented by people who know what they’re doing…for anyone who has an interest in Self Defence, these 6 DVDs should have some space on your shelves.”
Peter Consterdine / Chairman of The British Combat Association
“Urban Krav Maga is a no-nonsense martial art that works!”
Bob Sykes / Editor / Martial Arts Illustrated magazine
“A great training session, thank you.
Feedback from the group was very positive.”
Head of Surrey Police Force’s Special Response Squad