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Simple Knife Disarming Technique

As promised here is the knife disarming video. Pay attention, this is the real deal. These are not showy difficult to master martial arts moves. These are the simplest most effective knife disarming techniques known to man.

As you saw in the video you never want to attempt a disarm technique until your attacker has committed himself by stepping forward with his back foot (if the knife is in his right hand the right foot is the back foot).
Knife Disarming: Commit To The Stab
Once he commits he has lost much of his thrusting power and maneuverability. This is the most crucial part of the technique.

When he commits to the stab you need to throw the cross block while simultaneously stepping back. The cross block redirects the stab downward and stepping back moves your body away from the blade. The combination ensures that you don’t get stabbed.
>Knife Disarming: The Cross Block
The cross block is great because like Randy says in the video it doesn’t have to be aimed perfectly to work. You have a wide range where you will still deflect and redirect the knife.

This one of the most important knife disarming techniques you can learn. It is crucial to practice this technique to get it right. You will need a training partner and a dummy knife. If you don’t have a dummy knife you can simply use a wooden dowel or some other safe item that resembles a knife.

Practice slow at first to make sure you understand the joint lock and gradually speed up the motion. The goal is to be able to use this technique full speed without letting the blade touch you.

Randy and Bob make this technique look easy (and in truth it is a simple technique) but don’t be fooled. They have years of experience. It will take some time to master, but it is well worth it. And even if you don’t have the time to spend to master it, simply being good enough can save your life.

If you want to see more of these knife disarming techniques plus disarming techniques for guns, clubs, bats and other common weapons check out Secrets of A Modern Warrior.

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144 thoughts on “Simple Knife Disarming Technique”

  1. While these methods are viable, the aggressor with the knife has no idea how to use the knife or the rest of his body. A knife is not the only weapon at the aggressor’s disposal and yet he seems focussed on only lunging with the blade, this is not an effective way to engage when using a knife. In the real world, I believe the methods outlined are better than none, but they should be part of a defensive attack not for one moment considered to be the entire defence.
    A knife is my prefered weapon, I have used one successfully not only in self-defence but in the defence of my nation’s interests. A fight with a knife is a fight to the death, even if the other party is unarmed and you are, there is no guarantee that the fight won’t end with the knife in your ribs and of course an aggressor with a knife has no guarantee you’re going to let him keep it. I was taught “when two great sea Captains meet at sea, neither Captain expects to sail away after the battle with his decks and sails intact”. In a fight, don’t stop fighting. I have seen men who look dead, prove they are not. If you can’t see what he is thinking with he is dangerous. “Brains on the floor, trouble no more” as my instructors use to hammer into us.

  2. Love the videos. They are very helpful with learning to defend yourself and others. I’m in the security field and learning these techniques are very helpful and enlightening.
    Thank you very much for the videos.

  3. Thank you for the info, all is very useful especially for those of us in Corrections and in the security field. Again thank you.

  4. I never knew any moves for disarming the guy with the knife. Now I’m ready to practice these moves with a buddy. Thanks love your blog. Paul

  5. Hey Guys. Great move. I use the same move when someone initiates a forward front kick. Maybe you can video that also. I was not taught this move. It came to me and I just initiated it which saved my balls.

  6. Great video nice techniques to learn,always proud to learn new moves to help my family stay safe. Thanks guys and happy holidays!

  7. This is exactly what I was taught in the Australian Army. If executed correctly the enemy is going to the ground. I am very impressed with how smooth the teaching video is.

  8. Nice technique when your opponent isn’t fighting back! What would happen if he pulls back the knife? You get cut! Never seen a knife fight where the opponent lunges and stays still! Would be better to have deflected knife arm then break forward knee.

  9. I appreciate the effectiveness of techniques shared in your videos. I would like to sign up for all your videos articles and items you might offer.

  10. Actually think some of this advice very detrimental and would not work in real situations. The guy teaching the cross block either has not been in knife fights or has made a bad choice to show a cross block like that. Be honest and say in a real knife fight if you are unarmed you are able to use tactics to win but you will 90% of the time get cut and a serious one at that. That is reality. It’s silly to teach people otherwise or you are giving them a false hope and picture of a real knife attack. There are things you are able to do but this cross block one is absolute rubbish in my humble opinion. Sorry

  11. IF YOU WERE TO BLOCK ONE STRIKE YOU COULD APPLY IT AND IF THE SPEED WAS SLOW, MAYBE A DRUNK OR SUDDEN ATTACK BUT MOST ALL THE TIME THE PERSON ATTACKING WILL BE ANGRY AND RUNNING AT YOU REPEATING VERY FAST STABBING ……….. EVEN VERY CLOSE <=====/}}}}}
    I don't care who you are or what level 9 times out of 10 you will get cut in a real knife fight or killed, that is reality. IN THIS SENORIEO ATTACKING THE POINTS AT THE ELBOW WHEN HE LUNGES WITH A FRONT KICK TO THE KNEE OR GROWING STOPPING THE FORWARD MOMENTUM THEN BREAK THE NECK BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT HIM GETTING UP FOR A SECOND CHANCE TO KILL YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CRAZY WORLD WE LIVE IN. I THINK THIS NEEDS MORE SIENCE. REMEMBER KNOWONE IS GOING TO GIVE YOU THE KNIFE THEY ARE COMING AT YOU 100 MILES AN HOUR YOU NEED TO STOP THE TRAIN DEAD IN ITS TRACKS I DON'T SEE THIS HELPING . I HOPE YOU NEVER HAVE TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH A KNIFE UNLESS YOU HAVE A KNIFE AND HAVE BEEN TRAINED EXSTENSIVLY OTHER WISE AVOID ANY AREA THAT LOOKS DARK ANY PLACE THAT IS NOT KNOWN TO YOU USE COMMOM SENSE AND IF POSSIBLE NEVER WALK BY YOURSELF.

  12. I’ve been in and seen some really crazy street fights. I’ve worked as a bouncer and my main art is judo. What if the guy hides the knife?. What if he wants to do the “sewing machine” where he thrusts repeatedly. When you get cut and you will what do you do. I wanna see a video on that. Thanks

  13. This is a very good knife disarming techniques I just hope I never have to use it but it’s nice to know if I have to go because I’m stuck in that situation

  14. Great techniques. I’m in a wheelchair, and I can do most of the techniques taught on these videos. Thanks for the lessons.

  15. Thanks guys. Although I’ve managed to avoid getting into fights most of my life despite my bad temper, I am showing my 14 year old daughter these tips so she can defend herself if needs be.

  16. Old school techniques and I love it cause it works all the time and when applied correctly the attacker won’t stand a chance..Mr. Canales

  17. I used to use a belt (buckle sharpened), but that was always an iffy proposition, my opponent could get to me if he was fast enough and not intimidated. lol neve happened though. I like this way because you take the knife away from him, while I was mostly holding him off. This is more definite.

  18. If I had 2 good legs under me I could learn all these. Even at that there are a few that could come in handy.

  19. This is among several of the first defensive techniques my dad ,a Marine Corp Capt. Tought me when I was a kid. The fact that he wanted to take the time to prepare me for what ever may come along is something I look back at with great fondness,thanks for refreshing my memories of him and the moves he tought me.

  20. Nice simple lesson and an uncomplicated maneuver that can quickly be absorbed and stored into memory. I would have liked to see an overhead or overhand attack and horizontal strikes from the sides.

    A downward strike angled into the defenders body from alternating sides would require a slightly different defensive tactic to avoid being slashed or stabbed as well as to capture the hand and counter strike the aggressor. I would like to see how these guys would handle the situation.

    The knife fighting videos are to me the most needed. Criminals and punks use weapons even if you surrender, are weak, co-operative, offer them money or a chance to get away. They’ll punch, kick and beat a person up as if it was expected of them or normal procedure. Mostly they just like to hurt others for their own sick pleasure.