At the Mikita School, Knife / Counter-Knife Training is approached in 3 phases.
Phase 1: Knife vs. Knife
While the likelihood of getting into a duel with knives is slim, the rules of such an engagement are simple:
If you are more skilled than your opponent – he’s dead.
If your opponent is more skilled than you – you’re dead.
If you’re both equally skilled – you’re both dead.
In training, our emphasis is less on dueling and more on mastering the high-speed perception and motor skills necessary to disable a skilled opponent quickly.
Phase 2: Knife vs. Empty Hands
(In other words, how to use a knife against an unarmed opponent)
This phase of training is often initially seen as being, at the very least, socially unacceptable, if not immoral. But when you stop to consider the reality of a 120lb woman fighting for her life against a 230lb rapist/murderer, a knife suddenly seems like a damn good thing for her to have.
You’re also justified in opting for a weapon such as a knife when confronted by more than one assailant – whether they’re armed or not.
Phase 3: Empty Hands vs. Knife
Finally, having developed a strong sense of the weapon, Phase 3
is all about defending against the knife when you are unarmed. Elaborate disarms are out and while kicking the knife out of the opponent’s hand is remotely possible, any attempt to do so could also get you killed.
Running is always, by far, the best idea.
However, if you can’t run, the name of the game is evading and smothering the blade until you can seize control of the weapon hand… Even if it’s just long enough to land a few solid hits, push him in front of a bus, or drag him to the ground and choke him out.