"One of the toughest things you're going to run into is going empty-hand against a knife," knife-fighting and H2HC expert Michael Janich says. "It's one of the scariest situations you can possibly imagine. And of the different situations you could be in, one of the most committed attacks and one of the most common attacks is [an attacker] thrusting straight at [you].
"Typically, when this is done, a lot of times you'll see martial arts people thrust and just kinda hang out there and wait for you to do a technique. When people do it for real, they'll do what's called 'bulldogging.' Or you'll see 'prison style,' which is essentially getting [their] hands up into [your] eyes and just working the knife hard [in fast thrusts]."
In a prison-style "shanking," military H2HC situation or a vicious street attack where the opponent's goal is simply to kill you, you will have only one shot to block the initial knife thrust using self-defense moves.
"[You may] block it once if you get lucky," H2HC instructor Michael Janich says. "The idea that you'll [block] it more than once typically doesn't work very well."
Watch the video above to learn what to do in this situation!