By now you've heard about the BJJ black belt who died trying to stop a robber. http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/452732/BJJ-coach-dies-trying-to-sto...
As a foundation, we do not know the position between the victim and assailant. I will try to find more information about this crime.
Can we discuss the mindset of martial artists and "store clerks" who feel compelled to initiate empty hand attacks against a armed opponents. I will be offering my opinions along with excerpts from this article http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/knifelies.html as well as others.
As a foundation, we do not know the position between the victim and the assailant however we do know he did not kill anyone who complied with his demands.
Why do untrained people feel the need to grab at a robber who has a weapon
Why do trained people believe every situation is a life or death battle.
Where do they get this burst of superhero ability
In the case of a “trained” victim, where does this mindset, the mindset of “I won’t let him do that to me”, “I can win”, come from. First, it’s imbedded in the male psyche and let’s go there but first, I put much of the blame on instructors. From static,formal knife drills to dynamic “reality” knife defenses, all instill a level of invincibility in practitioners. How?
Gun defenses cannot ever be real enough to instill a “scared straight” attitude in the practitioner. There is no bang, no ringing ears, no bullet. If you use a pellet gun with safety glasses, the every time you get hit you are dead. How many times a night did you get hit. Are you willing to take those odds to the street?
I am not questioning anyone’s training methods and am eager to hear how you teach that “in range” does not mean chance death today. This guy was a BJJ black Belt and may have been successful in 999 other attacks but can anyon be “perfect”?
1) No one ever dies in practice. 2) Multiple “stabbings” per encounter and you’re still alive and well. 3) Zapped with the shock knife? LOL! That stung! LOl! Man! That hurt but I think I got you! 4) Not enough time teaching and instilling the idea that dead is dead. Dead. You miss, you’re dead. For every kill stab in class your punishment is suspended one karate class. Knife or gun.
I believe only if you believe you're other option is death should you attempt a weapon disarm.