weapons have been used by people for thousands of years
to increase their survival chances. These days it is
no different. Whether you were attacked by a caveman
with a crude knife back in those days or a crack head
with a screwdriver today, the angles of attack and the
mechanisms would be the same.
As a student of blade work and a full time police officer
the biggest mistake in defending against a blade that
I see is retreating straight backwards as soon as a
weapon is pulled. For most what this leads to is falling
backwards and still getting cut or killed.
Some will tell you to be an arms distance plus six inches
from those you encounter. This in my opinion is the
very worst place you can be. The only two places you
want to be if someone spontaneously pulls a blade is
100 yards away or right on top of them.
The majority of people are right handed. To access a
concealed weapon they will have to move their hands
fervently in the area of the weapon band. I refer to
the weapon band as the six-inch imaginary band that
goes around the waist.
This is where most weapons are carried. If movement
is made towards that location during an altercation
you are in a good position to trap it against the body
before it deploys as long as you are within conversational
If you are outside of conversational distance your response
is more prone towards trying to get to that 100 yards
away we talked about when you are only a foot away from
the second best place to be.
The blade is a dynamic multidirectional weapon. Once
launched even if blocked initially it will move like
an angry yellow jacket and will not run out of ammunition.
The only chance you have is to trap it against the body
and explode with overwhelming violence.