After yesterdays events with the school teacher being subjected to a knife attack whilst at work, I did a very quick google search for "knife defence from close range". This is the first link posted up, a you tube video which, towards the end makes some good calls, but throughout the video, shows how Krav Maga can be used to defend oneself against a lunatic with a knife.
The techniques shown in the video (mostly) do work, my issue with this video is the portrayal (yet again) of the knife weilding maniac becoming all of a sudden "compliant" as soon as the target fights back or puts hands on. In my experience of dealing with people using knive's, this just isn't the case. People carrying a knife intend to use it to do serious harm to people, they do not just give up the ghost as soon as someone has the audacity to lay hands on, even if the "weapon hand" is being controlled by some method of lock etc, that person will still be making attempts to free that hand or pass the knife to the other hand. They also don't tend to make one single attack, instead they tend to flail wildely (particularly if they have not had any knife training). I feel that these types of vidoes, whilst there is a place for them on the internet in raising awareness, they need to be more realistic in the material they portray.
Also, on speaking to my wife (secondary school teacher), I happened to mention to her that distance is the key when facing a person with a knife, her answer to that was some what shocking to me. Her reason for not maintaining a distance was "But if you are asking the kid to hand over their mobile phone (for example) then you will be close and you don't know if that person is going to pull out their phone from their pocket or a knife". This got me thinking back to my previous career where I regularly dealt with violent young people who regularly carried improvised weapons and how we would deal with them. OK, we had the benefit of being trained in various forms of restraint and how to deal with edged weapons etc, we also had the benefit of being able to search some one for a weapon which is not somethign your average teacher has. However, should we approach a kid who was being disruptive, teh first thing we would want to do is to see his hands at all times and if they were not compliant with this, we would not approach any closer until they either put their hands on the desk or other staff could approach from another angle to control the arms. My egood lady wife also said somethign that totally shocked me "I certainly don't expect a 14 year old kid to be carrying a knife in school". I am afraid that in this day and age, we ALL have to be alert to the possibility that someone i scarrying a knife or other weapon, it's not like it was when we were kids anymore I am afraid.