UV6 – Groundwork – Knife defences – d1) and d2)

Defence against a straight stab to the face, throat or upper torso from no guard

‘One step’ or lunge range

(Defence with the left fore-arm against a right-handed attack) d1a1) – Bring the left forearm up so that the little finger is pointing towards the attacker and push the elbow towards the outside of the attacker’s forearm as the strike is made, with the right hand coming up and being placed above the heart. Slide up the attacker’s forearm deflecting the knife, step forward and to the left, then bring the left hand down to trap the forearm against the body while simultaneously striking with a piston punch to the face. Continue to attack then switch kick and disarm

(Defence with the right fore-arm against a right-handed attack) d1b1) – Bring the right forearm up so that the little finger is pointing towards the attacker, and as the attack is made rotate the hand anticlockwise and push the elbow across the body to deflect the knife to the left of the body with the left hand coming up and being placed above the heart. After the deflection has been made bring the left hand down to grab the attacker’s wrist while stepping forward with the right foot and driving the right forearm into the neck. Continue to attack from this position, then step back with the right foot and continue to disarm

(Defence with a kick) d1c1) – Front kick to the solar plexus, floating ribs or to the arm-pit, leaning the body back and bringing both hands up to cover the throat

Two step (or one step and lunge) range

d2a) – Move sideways to the inside of the attackers stab with a skip in front kick striking to the chin or solar plexus. Continue to attack and disarm depending on the situation

d2b) – Take a small step to the outside of the attackers stab and rotate the body down, bringing both arms up to protect the throat or face. As the rotation is being made kick to the attackers floating ribs with either a side kick or outer roundhouse depending on the range. Rotate back up using the nearest forearm to push away and then grab the attackers arm with the knife, strike over the top to the head with the other hand, then continue to attack and disarm depending on the situation