Knife Defense


The cheapest, easiest-to-gain, and most common weapon used in violence is the knife (and other forms of edged weapons). Just as treacherous as a gun at close range, the knife is by far one of the deadliest tools used in violent confrontations — and we can easily find one in just about every kitchen.

Whether you’re a civilian, self-defense instructor, healthcare worker, or security professional, the SAFE International knife-defense course covers the psychology behind a knife attack, recognition of behavioural patterns, body language, how to evade and escape, and dozens of drills to improve your close-quarter arsenal against a knife-wielding attacker. 

Topics include:

  • Static and dynamic attacks
  • Attacks from the front and rear
  • Controlling the weapon hand
  • Sealing with the dreaded rear-handed pump and stab while being grabbed by the lead hand
  • How to increase perception time while decreasing reaction time
  • How to use functional gross motor skills during the adrenal stress conditions phase
  • Overkill mentality
  • Performance enhancement and survival strategies used by security personnel, bouncers, law enforcement officers, and soldiers worldwide

Knife attacks are frightening. Because each situation has so many variables, there can never be any guarantee of the outcome for any self-defense system. But you can increase your chances of success and survival, even with all those variables at play.

That’s why our knife-defense training is conceptual rather than systematic through choreographed “techniques.”

As we do in all our courses, we start with instructing you on concepts to avoid confrontation. But sometimes physical interaction becomes unavoidable, so we also teach functional skills to enhance your survivability in a knife attack.

There are no techniques to memorize, no frills — just plain truth on defending yourself in a knife attack.


Knife-Defense Scenario-Replication Training

One of the missing links in most self-defense training is the opportunity to do drills that replicate scenarios realistically. Yet this training is immeasurable because it allows the client to experience the stress and adrenaline rush they will encounter and learn how to respond. Thus, we combine realistic verbal attacks with the aggression of a genuine attack.

Our training recreates scenarios you may face, whether as a civilian or related to your work, with drills in specific locations like the home, car, workplace, or street.

We also address details you may not think of — like what to do if you hit the hard ground, which could have glass or needles on it. Details like these are essential to discuss.

Whether you’re looking to schedule training for yourself or your security staff, hospital workers, or your family, SAFE International has a wide array of course lengths and options. 


Thank you for co-leading the Knife-Defense Seminar this past weekend. I was debriefing about the weekend with Mark Fan, and I told him that if the seminar ended after the first day – it would have been well worth it! I enjoyed the thick primer of the psychology of individuals in a confrontation and the dynamics of how attacks can occur/escalate/end.

 You and Richard brought a great deal of real-life experience to your teaching. You both had great chemistry as instructors, contrasting heavy topics with fun and humour.

My main takeaway is to be able to adopt the psychology of sociopaths/psychopaths as part of my training. Man, you put on a heck of a show with Rich! It will help me create new possibilities in training and push my partners in class to another level of skill.

I had no previous knowledge of your work, and I was simply impressed. I based my attendance on Ryan Durkin’s recommendation. I’m happy to have attended your seminar, and I hope to enjoy training with you further. 

Best Regards,

Michael Mekhail