= PART IV : DEFENSE AGAINST WEAPON ATTACK =
How to defend yourself if you are threatened with a weapon is one of the most
difficult chapters in this course. If you have not FULLY mastered the
techniques, your situation is a hazardous one. The best advice is to try to
avoid this type of confrontation in the first place. If this is not possible,
be as determined as you can and do NOT show any hesitation.
IF THREATENED WITH A GUN:
Try to lull your attacker into a sense of security. Show that you are
frightened and distract your assailant by trying to engage him in a
conversation. Any offensive action you may take has to start with a diversion.
One old, but surprisingly effective, ruse is to look over your assailant's
shoulder, for example, and act as if you have seen something important or
surprising. Do NOT make a move until your assailant has fallen in the trick.
The element of surprise is very important, so you must act with the utmost
Your assailant is holding a gun to your chest. After you have distracted your
attacker, take evasive action sideways, grab the assailant's gun hand and push
it away from you. Then, if the gun should go off, the bullet will not hit you.
Keep hold of the attacker's hand until he has let go of the gun. After taking
evasive action - always keep the assailant's gun hand blocked - jab your
attacker in the eyes with your fingers. Hold the assailant's gun hand with one
hand and grab hold of the gun from the outside with the other. Now wrench the
gun free and pull it away backwards. You must always disarm your opponent in
order to prevent a further attack.
IF THREATENED WITH A STICK:
If you are threatened with a stick, make sure you dodge out of your attacker's
way, then come in as close as possible, leaving him no room to raise the stick
or put any power into a blow.
Your opponent is facing you, armed with a stick: he tries to hit you. From the
basic stance, take one step sideways and reach up to block the blow, thus
deflecting its force. After this evasive action, jab your assailant in the
eyes with your fingers. Now grab the stick and pull it downwards out of your
IF THREATENED WITH A KNIFE:
This is a very dangerous situation. Again, try to distract or disable your
attacker, by throwing keys or spitting in his face for example.
Stand in the basic position. Your opponent tries to stab you. You block his
arm and take a step diagonally forward at the same time, then lean forward
and jab your opponent in the eyes with your fingers. Keep hold of your
assailant's arm until you have removed the weapon.
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