I agree with your post about the knife ‘entering’ without warning most of the times.
But knife attacks can be very unpredictable in the ways they happen, and this is what I anticipate_ might happen and how it relates to our instinctive responses.
There will times when a blade is deployed in time for one to see it, even for mere instants _ such as in a mugging that places the victim into momentary shock and denial, who will next suddenly be faced with a slashing thrusting blade at the whim of the attacker.
It is at that moment that our ‘programming’ will take over, by the placement of our hands and arms possibly in a Kamae position with the extended fingers and the arm’s ‘underbelly’ facing the slash and thrust.
That being said - I'd much rather lose my hands than my face and will happily close with my hands in front of my face to get to the point where I can address the threat. By that point - I'll know it is going to be a bad day.
Yes, I agree. I am trying to explore alternate ways to use arms and hands in minimizing the terrible cuts to the underside of the forearms that can put someone into shock in about 5 seconds during that chaotic moment.
The objective is to limit the number and locations of your injuries. If an attacker slashes with a knife we want TO LEARN To ‘zone’ and use the back of the arms to pass the attack
To limit the contact to the least vulnerable side of the arms (less bleeding). And to protect the sides of the neck. Wes Tasker teaches this good protective method. This way
If we do get slashed, even badly, we don't bleed as much and the muscle/tendons that are cut control the opening of the hand. We would still be fairly able to make a fist and fight.
Lewt’s look at this frightening clip_ and how difficult it really is to ‘stop’ a crazed attacker even using blunt weapons.
http://www.personalprotectionsystems.ca ... taboct.wmv
This is a good article about survival against the knife.