MikeK wrote:Thanks Dave, looking forward to it. Have a safe journey.
No doubt that a little help from above is always An important factor, one of the truest statements made in here was that there is very little experience in this topic, as I have found in many of the topics ranging in self defense.
My knife encounters were in responding to bar fight – (stabbed in the lower bottom lip - knife), domestic call – (cut under my chin) - machette, in a detention facility – (puncture to the top right hand- sharped pencil), moonlighting at a nght club and breaking up a fight - Cut to he back of my left hand - neck knife, and one walking to my car – (was able to create distance to avoid cut. - cheap over the counter pocket knife)
In interviewing several law enforcement and correctional officers who have had similar knife attacks, some of the basic comments were; I didn’t see it until I was cut,” I had no idea he had a knife in his hand,” I didn’t think she would have done thank, I never saw it coming…etc…
Here are a few of the early warning signs which may help.
Indicators for knife or sudden attacks;
1. Hands – are they empty and visible, do they have cuts on them, opening and closing them in a fist
2. Fingers moving or tapping
3. Arms – shaving marks or cuts on them from testing a blade on the skin
4. Do the hands favor a special location on the body when they are talking with you, or touch a place on the body (Sometime this is done subconsciously without them realizing they are doing it)
5. Posture – how are they standing, feet balanced, shifting weight, top part of body leaning forward to the rear
6. Eyes shifting, or wondering
7. Tone of voice
8. Uptight mannerisms
9. Uncontrollable pacing side to side or back and forth
10. Closing distance or creating distance
11. And much more…!
Training Issues; - There are MANY drills a person can do to build up and perfect this area:
1. Improving your Reaction Time – Hand and eye coordination is important
2. Reflexes – building your state of awareness
3. Avoidance – movement, hand tactics to defend the attack
4. Environmental factors
5. Mental commitment to follow through with plan
6. Field proven techniques – DO NOT DO WHAT YOU THINK IS COOL – DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!
Hope that answered your question.