In the video below, I summarize the major differences in the approach needed to address the dangers that a handgun threat and knife attack/threat require to successfully overcome the attack.

The not so subtle differences become clear in this summary. Enjoy!

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  1. Doug Van Hollen

    Because of the complications of knife disarms that you mentioned, this also means it’s implicitly harder to *train* knife disarms, since it requires a semi-compliant partner who is willing to “simulate” that physical and emotional breakage. Don’t you think? Any particular tips on training, drilling, and teaching edged weapons defenses?

    • Knife disarms should only be attempted when the attacker is properly softened. To train as such, make additional combatives and movement, but keep in mind to “feel” for the right moment to strip the knife.