Recently my training partner and I began really trying to pressure test some knife defence. One of the aspects we came to question is weather it is safe to use chokes in such circumstances. Obviously the first option is to run as fast as you can in the opposite direction. However, in circumstances where you can only fight, is it safe to use a choke?
We experimented with different chokes and different weapons, coming to different conclusions, in particular the danger of using front chokes. In theory, you can be stabbed as the choke is put on slowly and your partner knows it is coming, even before you have started the choke, especially when the aim is to see if you can be "stabbed" from this position it makes the experiment somewhat defunct. In the heat of a live confrontations are such techniques safe to use? I love chokes and strangles as a great set of techniques, but are they safe to use in such circumstances?
All input is greatly appreciated as it is something which has been of great interest of late in determining weather you need one set of techniques for unarmed confrontation and one for armed etc.