Knife attacks can come on suddenly before you have time to realize it!

*From a recent CCTV video
– An argument on the street starts out with a chest-to-chest confrontation
– The guy in the red T-shirt (with the knife) stabs the guy in the white T-shirt
– 5 seconds later the guy in white T-shirt quickly falls to the ground, bleeding

Lessons to be Learned:
Violence, like knife attacks, happens fast, never ever stand chest-to-chest with any stranger Profile, Profile, Profile – if a stranger comes up to you, move away quickly. Try to move 2-steps away at an angle, make space, so you have time to react.

If you sense a knife attack – make a plan, strike him preemptively.

Profile, Profile, Profile and Stay Away From Dangerous Situations

I have always been attracted to knives, even as a child, but I never fully appreciated how dangerous they were until I was the subject of a knife attack. While in Lima, Peru I occasioned to wander into a notoriously dangerous part of the city. I went there to get a better exchange rate for my dollars. Of course, I naturally ignored the warnings from my friends not to go there.

When I arrived at the exchange location in front of a specific building, I was approached by three men. I asked to do a money exchange, and when I pulled out my wallet one of the men immediately grabbed it. I grabbed it back and punched the guy, as he fell down, one of the other men grabbed my arms from behind while the third man punched me in the face. I grabbed both men and threw them onto the ground – they had a difficult time getting up so I left and proceeded to walk to my hotel which was 20 minutes away. When I entered the lobby of the hotel, the hotel staff were staring at me in an odd manner – the concierge exclaimed, “Sir, you are bleeding,” I replied, “where?” He said “Everywhere!” I looked down and saw that my shirt was soaked in blood.

My face and head were still numb so I felt nothing. The hotel called a doctor – I was bleeding from below my eye, luckily it wasn’t serious. What I thought was a powerful punch was actually a knife attack. Since then I have always kept my distance from any strangers, profiling everyone and veering off at angles when approached closely. My scar is slightly visible – lesson learned.

The Case For Defensive Knife Training Part 1

The Case For Defensive Knife Training Part 1

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WR Mann
WR is a speaker, author and coach / instructor for the Reality-Based-Program "Defense Science" [] (formerly: He was an early advocate of RBT (Reality-Based-Training) from the late 1990's and has taught seminars in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas to law enforcement, military personnel, government agencies, martial artists and civilians. WR has written articles for Black Belt Magazine, Budo magazine as well as the book, "Martial Arts of the World, An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation.” He was also featured in a NAT GEO special “The Use of the Bowie Knife in the Second Seminole War.” His background includes extensive experience in traditional martial arts and sports fighting, and his influences come from: James Keating, Raymond Floro, Romeo Macapagal, Geof Gleeson, John Danaher, Kelly McCann, Charles Nelson, Jim Wagner, Jon Bluming, and Donn Draeger. Defense Science is headquartered in NYC and teaches semi-private classes in RBT. He can be contacted at: