I was confronted a few years ago in my own back yard in London by a guy holding a screwdriver, He wasn't allowed to be in my back yard as I actually
lived above a jewellers at the time, and the backyard had access to the back of the shop ( yes it was multistory before you all get confused).
I walked up to him and demanded to know what he was doing in the yard, I'd then noticed by a very quick glance he was holding his screwdriver in a
very tight grip , I focused on his eyes and did my very best not to show any kind of fear, the easy signs to see if someone's fearful is weak eye
contact, wide eyes , pale skin colour, frail sounding voice and swallowing a lot.
I'd realised that even though he had what could've been classed as a weapon I could still defuse the situation by commanding language and a forceful
tone of voice.
Nowawdays most of the people that carry knives are just doing it to look hard and tough, but mostly are just cowards, it's like a gun in the US ,
it's an inflated sense of self esteem. But if you are caught in a situation like this just go in acting tough and being loud. If your loud you'll
draw attention to yourself and that is what a lot of knife wielding thugs don't want. they don't want to be seen. Shout if you have to and they'll
get nervous. A lot of them wouldn't risk getting stabbed themselves if you pretended you knew what you were doing so therefore they scarper.
Always maintain eye contact but try to observe whats going on around you in your periferal vision. You'd be surprised how fast you can react in what
could be a frightening situation.
One example from my experience didn't even involve a knifeman. I was doing an evasive driving course and the intructor was sat 6 foot away from me
and was talking about threat assesment. He highlighted this by taking out a pen, and said " this is a pen?" then he threw it towards me, I actually
had time to say to myself " it's a pen and therefore no danger", I even had time to raise my hand up to catch it in middair. He didn't throw it
softly either before you say anything.
In a dangerous event the mind speeds up due to adrenalin released in the bloodstream, the heart quickens and so do the refexes.
Don't act threatened but be threatening and don't try to wrestle the knife off the guy. If you get chance kick them in the nuts of if it's a girl (
like there's a lot of knife carrying girls these days as well) kick them between the legs too. it'll still hurt like a bitch . More chance of
knocking the guy unconsious if you kick him hard enough, or at least enough to make his eyes water.
If they demand your wallet take it out and pretend to shake with fear, as your giving to them drop it or throw it at him, his eyes will be drawn to
the item in question, thats when you strike..
Living in fear is the worst thing for you, confront it and don't be scared to live your life. Just treat them like the cowards they are, and if you
somehow get the knife off them ,poke them with it and say " those that live by the sword"
Failing that keep a second wallet with a fiver in it and give them that. then RUN forest RUN
[edit on 8/7/2008 by DataWraith]