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    Low kicks for knife defense

    So I was thinking today about unarmed knife defense. Ive read about the subject and alot of times authors seem to want you to try to grab the knife and such.

    Then it occured to me, low kicks. Legs are longer than your arms, and you would be able to keep the attacker at bay. Plus a good round kick to the leg should be enough to get the attacker to drop his hands. Giving you a chance for a counter attack.

    I would like to know what you guys think.

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    First strategy that came to mind (from the attacker's perspective):
    1. Check low kick
    2. Grab kicking leg
    3. Stab/slash at any point along your leg I feel like

    Note: Higher on the leg means more chance of lethality, but almost any point is going to keep you from running away.

    That feels an awful like like writing Elmore from the other side of the aisle (so to speak), and I feel a fool for having done so, but why would you present so much of your plumbing to a knife-wielding attacker?

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    Exactly my thought. I could not think of a time that the best method of "unarmed knife defense" is anything other than GTFO. If you were forced to engage them, and for some reason could not find an improvised weapon in "t3h str33tz" then probably arm dragging the knife arm and utilizing some form of judo or greco roman and then GTFO. Ala the russian two on one to a modified suplex or hip throw, followed by the 400 meter run to away from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackhead View Post
    Then it occured to me, low kicks. Legs are longer than your arms, and you would be able to keep the attacker at bay. Plus a good round kick to the leg should be enough to get the attacker to drop his hands. Giving you a chance for a counter attack.
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    Legs are better used for footwork against the knife, either in evasion, or running the hell away.

    Only after you've got a death-grip on the knife arm should you think about stomps and knee strikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chili Pepper View Post
    Legs are better used for footwork against the knife, either in evasion, or running the hell away.

    Only after you've got a death-grip on the knife arm should you think about stomps and knee strikes.
    this.

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    its good to think about it but,
    I'd avice you to use your legs for running not kicking.

    if fighting is the only option go for goin kicks,
    leg kicks may take a couple of shots before they become effective.

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    A low kick against a knife is really no safer than a high kick. If the knife guy can reach a body part with his knife then he can cut you with it. I have heard theories that a kick will at least put your body out of danger but it is all pretty risky.

    If you are going to try to strike somone who has a knife. I think the aim is to knock them out before they are really expecting you to go for them but If you screw it up then you are in trouble hence the obvious run away or get your own bigger badder weapon.

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    Just run. Don't fantasize about how you would take out a knife-wielding attacker. It's just dangerous to think that way. Running is almost always an option.

    "But what if this, what if that, what if, what if, what if?" Okay, just for the sake of conversation.... Suppose your kids are with you and you have to protect them. Tell them to run. Slow the guy down however you can until your family is safe. If you die, it's okay. You died protecting your family.

    Or you can learn how to shoot and carry a firearm at all times. At least then your fantasies of thwarting attackers with shanks will have some basis in reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregaquaman View Post
    A low kick against a knife is really no safer than a high kick. If the knife guy can reach a body part with his knife then he can cut you with it. I have heard theories that a kick will at least put your body out of danger but it is all pretty risky.

    at 1 minute in, we see me getting kicked in the face when we both have knives. A solid kick like that will set you up for victory, while a kick to the leg is a lot less likely to be too disruptive.

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