April 27, 2015, Israel
Military police, the best knife disarm is using the weapon.
With a title like "IDF Krav Maga Knife Disarms" this blog is sure to get a lot of "hits".
The survivalists might click on it. They do not want to take the time to actually train but are always looking for a few good survival tips.
The hard core guys will take a look, surely anything from the bad ass IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) is worth a look.
And the "Israeli wanna-bees" will be there as well, they must have the unique Israeli knife disarm techniques.
But they are all in for a disappointment, not by me, but by reality.
For they all live with illusions and delusions. I have already written extensively on this myth, cynically used by some to make money, of the Israeli super "Zohan martial arts", more suited for movies than reality.
Simply put, knife disarms do not exist. I believe Danny Inosanto put it best "Knife disarms are incidental if not accidental". If you plan for a knife disarm you should also plan your own funeral, or at least very good medical coverage.
Yet many styles of Krav Maga teach knife disarms. And it makes me wonder. It does.
I have worked with many soldiers, many counter-terrorists specialists and undercover police officers. Not one of them took the idea of knife disarms seriously. Those who face life and death situations know better then to believe they hype of "Krav Maga knife disarms". It is an illusion that will cost you dearly.
And yet too many instructors sell this product. It makes me shudder.
Over this past weekend two of our soldiers were stabbed by Arabs. As always there is much we can learn from these incidents.
1. Neither soldier was able to defend himself. Both ended up in the hospital. But what about the commonly accepted idea (outside of Israel) that "Krav Maga is the official hand to hand combat system of the Israeli military"? (Just check nearly every American Krav Maga website).
If that is the case why were these soldiers, who were not "ordinary" soldiers but elite troops, unable to mount any sort of defense??
And yet every Tom, Dick and Harry who graduates the IDF believes he can travel abroad, flash a photo of himself in uniform and become a Krav Maga grandmaster?
Where is the well known IDF knife defense?
2. Both attackers were killed. But it had nothing to do with Krav Maga. They used what I have always referred to as the real "IDF Knife disarm"; i.e a bullet to the head and a few to the body. This is the only knife "disarm" that my associates in the counter-terror units ever advocate.
It is time to lay this myth to rest; stop selling knife disarms.
At IKI Krav Maga we offer a different approach to knife attacks; simple, natural and effective. We will leave the fancy stuff to Adam Sander a.k.a The Zohan!