Originally Posted by Zemelya
The best defense against knife is to run away as quickly as possible or use a gun.
You don't want to start with a guy and then learn that he's too quick or did Krav Maga himself or that you skills arent what you thought.
But seriously - do what you think is best. or try both.
i always thought that defense systems like Krav Maga and Systema (russian spec-ops) is not very easy and would be much more effective if you already knew how to fight.
Planning to do one of those, Systema probably, in some future
That's a bet!I have read what the other gentleman said about Muay Thai building punching and kicking power;I notice that in all discussions of self-defense against a weapon,they all agree upon one thing:first you have to control the weapon,but once the weapon is controlled, you have to do something to the person who is wielding it,the saying being:Attack the man, not the weapon.AFter you have that knife or gun pointing in another direction, you have to punch out, kick out or choke out the weapon wielder.
Thus Muay Thai for striking ability and Systema or Krav Maga for weapos defense skills seems to be the way to go.
By the way, I was speaking of tangling with a weapons wielding opponent only in situations where you have no other options,where fleeing or escape is not an option.What brought me back to the martial arts after a long sojourn( I
took Kyuokushinkai Karate in high school) was an incident that happened to a friend of mind in the local mall.He and his special lady happened to be there on what is called "gang initiation night."Cut to the chase:They weren't satisfied with robbing him;they wanted to have fun with his lady.He got shot four times but his lady came away with nothing worse than a fractured wrist she suffered in the struggle.
That is my point: If I can run away, I will. IF I can escape,I will.If somebody only wants my wallet,fine.They can have it.If they want to hurt my special lady or someone in my family or something,then I see no other option but to take them on, no matter what kind of blade or piece or whatever they got.
Thanks for some great feedback, guys!