Thread: Reactionary gap for knife
12/19/2011 7:10pm, #1
Reactionary gap for knife
This is for all my LEO brothers, security guards, and bouncers out there.
So I have a bunch of family and friends in Law Enforcement. When ever I try to talk empty hand techniques with them I always get the same stupid cop-out(no pun intended). Specifically the scenario of what would you do if you someone pulls a knife on you? I always get the answer, "I would shoot them." And then I ask what if you don't have time. They avoid the question. So the guy I train stick with sent me this video after we had this same discussion.
The video pretty much tells the story. Most of the time on the street you don't see cops using a 21 foot reactionary gap. Pretty hard to question someone at that distance. The thing I wanted to point out is at 0:43 in the video they say that at close distance against a knife, the only option is empty hand tactics. This alone should be enough to get you to at least train some knife stuff occasionally.
Whether it is the pat, wrap, and attack; two on one; x block or what ever. Just do some situational training with this every once in a while.
I personally have not been attacked with a knife. I have been attacked with a cane though. Luckily I have trained defense for that before.
12/19/2011 8:01pm, #2
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12/19/2011 8:10pm, #3
Ha! My bad! Well, Tripp is welcome, but he hasn't been around for a while.
12/19/2011 8:15pm, #4
Why is it that the policeman is only capable of stepping, to the side, when he has his weapon drawn at 10 feet and not when he has his weapon undrawn at 10 feet?
I agree with the overall thrust of the video, but when it starts discussing the 10 feet + scenario it seems to ignore that fact that the policeman can step out of the direct line of attack.
Naturally this is difficult to impossible at less than 10 feet and in an enclosed space such as in the first examples basically impossible.
However, in the latter examples at 10 feet + the policeman seems to only be able to move out of the direct line if he has his hand on his weapon, otherwise he's apparently unable to step to the side.
Of course shock and surprise play a factor and regardless of the distance a policeman may freeze and not draw, but it seems silly to make a deal out of the distance and then show two scenarios at the same distance where in one the policeman is stationary and in the second he is able to move.
12/19/2011 8:31pm, #5
Well, I think they were just trying to illustrate the point. Plus they were pressed on time, as this was a training video. But I'm more looking at the 5-6 foot range. This is where cops spend the majority of their time interviewing people.
To me if you are in the 10 foot range, you may as well have your gun out because you have some suspicion that something is going on. But there are a lot of issues that come in to play there like using your vehicle or their vehicle for cover. Or maintaining control of the person by making them face away from you and ordering them into certain stances.
At the 5-6 foot range, the "oh ****" factor is a lot higher, so going for a side arm should be drilled out of the reaction. Empty hand techniques should be automatic.
12/20/2011 6:36am, #6
The main thing I got from that video is Inosanto's preferred cop-stabbing technique of concealing the knife draw by presenting his ID.
12/20/2011 7:23am, #7
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12/20/2011 7:47am, #8
12/20/2011 7:56am, #9
Dont really like the reactionary gap so much. It puts the gun users at the idea that they will always have attackers at 21 odd feet.
It was designed to put perspective into the debate but seems to have a habit of making people draw a bit faster beat the 21 feet and feel safe.
Stabbing should happen at stabbing range which is pretty bloody close.
That video also mentions using a physical barrier which I like.
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12/20/2011 11:27am, #10
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