Krav Maga and knife attacks

Early on in my TTAK career I asked the Question of the Day: Do you have any defensive knife training? A few folks had some training, but no one jumped out as a font of knowledge. As a general rule I have avoided posting much in the way of knife fighting/defense as I do not have much of a background in the subject.

That has begun to change a little bit. I am in my 6th week of Krav Maga training now, and I am loving it. I am still a complete padawan, as I am reminded every time I spar with the more experienced students, but I am getting to the point where I can recognize the skill level of others.

Krav Maga, the Israeli form of martial arts was developed in Hungary by Imi Lichtenfeld before WWII. He refined his techniques in the early days of the State of Israel. Its roots are in street fighting, and this is evident in the focus on debilitating strikes to your opponents vulnerable spots, especially the groin.

Krav is increasing in popularity, not just in Israel where citizens are training to defend themselves against the Knife Intifada, but in the US as well due to the growing popularity of MMA.

I have been training at Bullman’s Kickboxing and Krav Maga in Knoxville. Terry Bullman the owner is a Second Dan (degree) Black Belt in Krav as well as a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He spent a decade as a professional boxer and MMA fighter. There are other instructors as well, all of whom have been involved im Krav and related disciplines for a decade or more. There is a definite sense of teamwork and comaraderie amongst the students and with the instructors which makes it much easier to motivate yourself to train hard. Definitely different than simply going to the gym on your own.

I have no idea who the “Krav Maga Nomad” is, but I found this video of Terry demonstrating knife-to-throat defense. It is a bit cheesy production value wise, but it clearly illustrates the technique. Below I am also including a video from Lior Offenbach who teaches Krav in the Israeli Prison system. It shows a wider range of Krav techniques, with less explanation.



  1. James Lee says:

    It seems to me you gotta be really really much stronger and faster than the other guy to counter a knife barehanded head on

  2. Rick says:

    I think you mean camaraderie, not comradity.

    1. You are right of course. Changed. Thanks.

      It is not easy to edit your own writing.

      1. cmeat says:

        i made krav maga with egg noodles last night. it didn’t turn out very well, but i still edit.

  3. samuraichatter says:

    When it comes to training w/ knives be careful. Every year seasoned martial artists sustain serious injuries because they were training w/ real bare blades.

    Take “heart” . . . Unless someone has a knife that is near short sword size then a slash/stab to the neck or higher is necessary. The number of guys every year that live through (sometimes even walk away from) being stabbed 10x + is high especially when you factor in prison.

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