Preparing for an unarmed knife or machete attack is something most of us law-abiding citizens just don’t think about in our usual daily routines. This may sound like it’s supposed to happen somewhere else, but we have to face the facts—it’s happening everywhere, and you need to prepare now before you are chosen as the next victim of an aggravated assault. Today, statistics say you have a one in seven chance of this type of encounter happening sometime during your lifetime. Luckily, you can survive this situation by learning a simple step-by-step defense maneuver.
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“When you see a bladed weapon, expect to get cut,” said U.S. Marine Corps veteran, anti-terrorism security team member and weapons expert JD Shelley. “The big difference in how badly will depend on how you react. And that depends on your preparation and training.”
So let’s get you prepared.
Strike & Escape
First, think “Look up and look around.” To make yourself less of an easy target, you need to be more aware of your surroundings as you go through your daily routine. We are all in a hurry, and this rush forces us to lose perspective of the environment around us. Remember, criminals hate it when you pay attention.
Second, think “Move and dominate.” Don’t comply and become an easy victim. Your mindset has to switch into domination mode where you turn the tables on your assailant and take control of the weapon, which will better your odds of getting home safe to your loved ones. To start off, let’s assume you are unarmed and the attacker surprises you from the rear with a regular knife grip (called the saber grip) to your throat.
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