Recent stabbing incidents in NYC and France have something in common, despite being very different circumstances.

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41 thoughts on “Knife Attacks in NYC and France Have Something In Common”
  1. You should check out what happens in the middle east when a knife attacker show up. Everyone around comes out with sticks and huge chopping knifes, ready for a street beatdown, it depends on cultures i guess

  2. I have been training different martial arts since I have been 8 yo. And I competed in Judo, Kickboxing and others in tournaments. I always preferred sparring more than the traditional side of martial arts (choreography and such). So I thought that I was pretty prepared for when shit hits the fan.
    Truth is: I was not. First time I got overwhelmed by people next to me fighting so hard, that there was blood running all over their faces. They were basically 16 years old (I was 20 by then and could have overpowered them easily due to a great difference in weight, height and training). I did not. I was so confused by not having the context, that I stood still. And I thought about it A LOT. I told myself what I would do if something like this would happen again.

    5 years later I went to Brazil. I got jumped by two kids, the same years as the fighters I just mentioned. I had the same advantages. But I was in a foreign country with a reputation of violent assault with weapons. Just because I could not see weapons did not mean that there WERE no weapons. They wanted my phone and wallet and I pretended to no speak Portuguese (tough gamble but I got lucky).
    The thing is: It's nice to have the option of physical defense at your disposal, but dont take it for granted, that its always ready to use or the situation understandable enough for you to start AT THE RIGHT TIME.

    A good friend of mine has the perfect streetfight timing. He always lands the first punch. He has this spidey sense of knowing when the tension is at its peak.
    He never did any martial arts. Never lost one streetfight. Because after his punch, the fight is over. While I, 22 years in martial arts, have never (and never needed) used that training experience to defend myself.
    However: It increased my confidence to a great length and I do think that by that I avoided a lot of fights in my life.

  3. The problem is that it is really difficult to train the life or dead situation and feeling. I experienced it twice. Once in a controlled environment without weapons and a familiar environment ( kick-boxing match) I stepped into the ring with the feeling it is him or me that will get really hurt and fall back to training. The other one was on the street when someone pulled a knife on me. I just froze and gave everything he told me to give him. My brain just could not process the situation really well and your response is really different that you would expect.

  4. tbh the way he says that normally you wouldn't act like that makes me want to have these traumatic experiences to maybe get some practice in you know

  5. I shot my partner twice in the chest in a force on force the other day. Perfect shots. Perfect group. I train to shoot. But I clearly don't train enough not to. It was an awful experience that made me feel awful. But thank God I learned about that deficiency in training.

  6. I love to think about how i could treat a bunch of casualties on this one training scenario but completely forgot how to work a radio to order the 9 line. If you don't train it you don't know it

  7. Your first mistake was the assumption of a street fighter.
    Many of them would dog walk you sport fighters.
    Street fighters are comfortable with violence and in my experience sport fighters tend to overestimate themselves.

  8. It's funny, because no matter what I say here, somebody will want to argue about it.
    Anyway, here goes:
    I'm 60 years old, have a bad leg, and walk with a cane.
    I grew up with guns and knives, and at about 13 or so, started training in martial arts.
    Did that for 30+ years, have been both a soldier and a cop, and have a reputation for not getting rattled.
    …and what I would be doing in the situation outlined here in the videos, would be using the phone to get the police there, while keeping an eye on what was going on, and preparing myself to defend against attack if it came to that.
    And yes, I carry a gun and a couple of knives most of the time, along with that cursed walking cane, which I also know how to use as a weapon.

    But I am not getting directly in the middle of somebody else's shit anymore. It's no longer my job or obligation.

    So, bring on the flames. 🔥🔥🔥😉

  9. Being a badass in training does not necessarily make you a badass in real time, experience in real time is the only thing that does. Training is just the primer to real time, much like book smarts is to training.

  10. To work against a knife, you need to know this tool well and love it. And also know how the brain of an attacking person works in order to turn off the brain and not the body

  11. This is a conversation about cognition, training and experience. For most of us we might only have 1 of those and so for stressfull situations, your reaction is entirely unpredictable to your self and only hindsight will be available… if you survive the stressfull event.
    Training gives you specific autonomic responses to specific events and it only works if your training is focused, practised and effortful over a good period of time. Once a week karate class or boxercise isnt gonna do fuck all for you except give you cognitice dissonance to your capability.
    Cognition is your reaction time, stressfull events ARE stressfull because it is something new, a novel experience,in which case cognition is the last thing that kicks in, sympathetic autonomous reaction, fight, freeze, flight,complete shutdown, hormones are released,that control what you do next,rationality and reason can be minutes,hours,days later as we process the event.
    Experience, our lives are pretty safe unless you are raised in a violent or abusive environment, so aggressive,violent events are tied to our individual experiences in life and if these have been mostly absent,your reaction will be entirely autonomous and out of your control.
    One of the biggest problems people face is that our modern lifestyles,our diet, our physical and mental health all impact on our natural sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems,our hormonal balances and our cognition,our ability to recognise danger and react appropriately to survive no matter what has become incredibly diluted by our safe envrionment.
    Most of us have no idea what we might do regardless of the components of training,cognition and experience.
    Those of us steeped in all three i.e. military or para military service, career criminals,professional athletes will have huge strengths in street smart,tactics,fitness, experiences,planning,strategies etc.
    An 18th dan karate master whis never had a fight… nope.
    A soldier in the catering corp whos never been to a frontline… nope.
    A marathon runner whos never been mugged… nope.
    An FPS gamer whos never used a gun or a knife… nope.
    A dungeons and dragons player whos never left the house… nope.
    A kid who grew up in an abusive household in a violent area,who joins the army, goes to the frontline of a conflict, comes home,becomes a paramedic,lives and works in a crazy,unpredictable environment… yup.
    And even then,life is so random that you could still just trip,hit your head on the concrete and its all over.
    I have no idea how Im going to react,i just hope that whatever i do keeps me alive.

  12. Such a great video. I had an incident a few years ago, I've never fought much other than with my brother when we were kids. One night my wife woke me up about midnight, someone was trying to steal my neighbors car. Long story short it was a mistaken repossession. I ran out with my Glock and the guy was completely fearless (hats off to repo people), I was a trigger twitch away from shooting him luckily he did not come towards me or pull a weapon. The Sheriff's came and it got worked out however I could have been charged with menacing. It was a good lesson for two reasons, first, I know now without a doubt I could take a life, and two there are often potentially terrible consequences for acting. I have pretty much decided that something terrible would have to happen to intervene for a stranger, that is the world we live in. Also, I would never live in a large city for this reason.

    I still think about this incident frequently because I am not a violent or aggressive person, it kind of scared me how I acted.

  13. Great points in this video. After getting out of the military I used to go to a lot or rough bars and saw many fights and was in several. People used fists, feet, bottles, pool sticks, knives, or pretty much whatever they could, and occasionally guns were pulled. Saw a lot of "Trained" people get pretty messed up. What was interesting is the people who were celebrated were not those who fought fair but those who won, regardless of how they did it. In that brutal world people said they respected bravery but really they respected survival, even though it was the environment they voluntarily entered that created the risk to start with. The big lessons I learned was number one avoid places where there might be an altercation, second let go of your ego and walk away whenever possible, and lastly teach yourself how to use anything you can as a weapon in that last ditch case you cannot walk (or run) away. Sure you can train to fight but to me the best thing that teaches is how to remain calm when confronted so you can deescalate and simply, but quickly, walk away. In those cases where a violent individual is attacking others if there is nothing you can decisively do to end it then first clear the area by warning others as loudly as possible so they can avoid the danger, second avoid the danger yourself (don't be the guy who tried and died because really no one cares about that), call the cops right away (be clear about the nature of the threat) and let them deal with the situation, and last be trained to render aid to anyone who gets injured.

  14. Ive taken a few pokes from a knife and retrieved the blade from my attacker. This was before I had kids so I would have to say im going to do much worse to said attacker now.

  15. I was in France the 13th November, at the corner of Bataclan when they started to shoot in the street…I am so glad, I froze 1 second, turn and run and made it alive.

  16. I'd jump infront of a train for my son. Wouldn't hesitate.

    In that case if dude stabbing kids at park..obv slam tackled him and throw haymakers..hoping others joined in

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