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Elderly Man Buys Time with Empty-Handed Self Defense Skills

Posted on May 30 2019

In the first few moments of a violent encounter, your bare hands may be the only option you have to defend yourself. While a firearm certainly beats martial arts in most cases, there is no substitute for having empty-handed self-defense training in your toolbox at the beginning of an unexpected violent encounter with someone who means to harm you for your property.  

In the video you are about to watch, two men attempt to rob a jewelry store at knife point in Southern-Pasadena. The two robbers pick out the weaker looking individual and attempt to take him hostage at knife point to encourage the second clerk to begin emptying the jewelry counter. Without a second of hesitation, the older gentleman that is being attacked takes control of his attackers stabbing hand. This simple action gives the second clerk the opportunity to draw his firearm. Once the firearm is drawn, both robbers make an expeditious retreat from the scene of the failed crime.

Had the older gentleman in this video not had the presence of mind to immediately control the knife of his attacker, he easily could have been stabbed or taken hostage by the would-be robbers. This would have left the clerk in a sticky situation where he was unable to draw his weapon to ward off the attackers out of the fear of causing harm to the other employee.

The basic premise of knife fighting is to stick your target with the pointy end of the knife. Having even a basic understanding of how this happens will allow you to mount a proper empty-handed defense against your attacker. Many martial arts programs around the world incorporate counter-knife defense techniques that will train you to control the stabbing hand and create distance from your attacker. Incorporating these programs into your training regimen and keeping these skills sharp is a must have skillset for any self-defender.

Both suspects fled the location in what is described as a green Chevy Malibu after another store employee pointed a gun at them. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact SPPD Detectives at 626-403-7280 or LA Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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1 comment

  • Fox5live: May 05, 2020

    Looking at the video, the younger man behind the counter at the end seems to have already gone for his gun and had it at the ready and was waiting for the perp to do something. And the gentleman in front was not that old…I had expected to see a decrepit 80 year old from your description.

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