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[Video of this waza fast and slow, from the side, and ideally, overhead]

Defense against a knife slash to your abdomen

  • Execute an inside crescent kick to the opponent's thumb joint or inner wrist, forcing the attacker to lose their grip on the weapon.
    • If this fails, you wind up performing a equally-valid crescent kick block, to swat the knife aside.
  • Do not set your foot down upon re-chambering. Immediately side kick to the opponent’s abdomen, groin, or knees.


This waza is admittedly more of a parlor trick than a self-defense technique. Always grab and retain control of the hand holding the weapon in any altercation.