How to Defend Yourself from the Back with a Knife to the Throat

A dangerous self-defense situation to be in

Having an attacker grab you from behind and holding you with a knife to your throat is a scary situation. In this article, well cover important self defense concepts on how to defend yourself from the back with a knife to the throat.

Firstly, this is one of the most dangerous positions you can be in. That is because any slight movement can have drastic results.

While it can seem like all hope is lost and you’re out of options, you can still find a way to get out of this situation. The key is to remain calm.

Obviously, this is easier said than done. But, it’s important to at least try and remain as calm as you can.

To be able to get out of this situation, the goal is to let your attacker know that you mean no harm, so he can reduce his grip on you.

Therefore, you can start by bringing your hands up in front of you to show your attacker that you’re not a threat. At the same time you’ll show him that you want to resolve this with as little to no violence.

Against someone armed with a knife, try to de-escalate the situation

Any opportunity you get to diffuse the situation with verbal judo, use it. Ideally, the best thing to do in this scenario is to talk your way out of it.

Ask your attacker what he wants and be as cooperative as possible. If he wants something from you such as your wallet, car keys or jewelry, just give it to him.

Unfortunately, if you’re not able to communicate with your attacker and you feel that he is willing to strike at any given moment, you need to act fast.

See a live demo on how to defend yourself from the back with a knife to the throat

Timing is everything in this scenario and you want to do whatever it takes to protect yourself.

The best self-defense technique in this situation is to trap the weapon by placing your hand on top of your attacker’s hand that is holding the knife.

By doing so, you’re trapping the knife and limiting his movements.

Once you’ve successfully trapped the knife, start defending yourself by striking your attacker in any area that is accessible. It can be the groin area, the knees, the facial area, etc.

You’ll eventually be able to loosen your attacker’s grip on you and face him.

Don’t forget to keep striking with everything you have until you’ve successfully defeated your attacker and are able to get away.

Check out this video directly on YouTube to see how to protect yourself with a knife to the throat.

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Take care,

Patrick Viana

Self Defense Blog