Yes, I know, guns are fun to shoot and train with, while rolling around on the ground and punching, kicking, gouging and getting dirty is not (at least to most people). But you do not have to commit to a lifetime of martial arts study in order to defend yourself. Just understand your capabilities, know some simple and straightforward techniques, and understand that combat is “90 percent attitude and 10 percent skill,” to quote Kelly McCann, a former U.S. Marines special missions officer, trainer and founder of one of the most sought-after training schools, Crucible, and more recently, Kembativz (the phonetic pronunciation of the word Combatives). Read on to learn about 9 steps to live through sudden attacks.
1.) Facing a knife, the defender’s guard is up, ready to act.
2.) Block the forehand slash with both forearms.
3.) Immediately grab above the elbow to control the arm and strike with an axe hand to the neck or head.
4.) Drive a powerful knee into the groin to bend the attacker forward.
5.) Follow the knee to the head until the threat is neutralized.
1.) Against a one-handed choke, pin the attacker’s hand with your left hand.
2.) Drive your fingers into his jugular notch.
3.) Curl your fingers down and pivot quickly to cut him down.
4.) Then drop both knees on his head and ribs. An elbow break can easily be added for good measure to end.