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NCJ Number: 213241 Find in a Library
Title: Skin vs. Steel: Go on the Offensive to Defend Yourself in an Edged-Weapon Attack
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:30  Issue:2  Dated:February 2006  Pages:60-63
Author(s): Alfred Giusto
Date Published: February 2006
Page Count: 4
Document: DOC|HTML
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes a technique for defending oneself when confronted with a knife attack.
Abstract: The tactics described are for occasions when an officer is suddenly confronted with a knife attack before the officer has time to draw and fire his/her gun at the attacker. Even if an officer has time to fire and succeeds in hitting the attacker, the momentum of the attacker's lunge with the knife may still require an officer to use body tactics to prevent being seriously injured or killed by the knife. The tactics described in this article involves a martial arts technique called Bo Fung Do. It involves a simultaneous defense and offense against a skilled knife attack. The block-and-strike moves described are accompanied by illustrative photos. The article suggests repetitive practices of the moves with a partner until reactions are instinctive under a surprise attack. The recommended immediate reaction when under attack is for one hand to defend against a knife strike to the body while the other hand attacks the opponent's face. Instead of moving away from the attacker, the officer moves toward and against the attacker to incapacitate and control him. The article advises that in using these tactics, an officer can expect to be cut, but can prevent a fatal attack or multiple wounds.
Main Term(s): Police defensive training
Index Term(s): Assaults on police; Confrontation tactics; Knives
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