BEFORE and AFTER video The first video as a fault of my own mistake. Andre was not putting his hands up as he noticed pre-attack indicators and did not move towards danger to close the gap. This gave the bad guy plenty of room to execute his attack. The second video: Next week we drilled some knife defense in the school and ran a few Drills with Andre. He was able to intercept the knife quicker and snuff out the attack by closing the gap. Side note, make sure there is communication with the roll player. Lo let go of the knife after Andre “bashed it” into my door/window. Disarming isn’t always possible or necessary as a rule. However in this case I wanted Andre to crest his own opening and escape. There are NO magic moves, drills don’t always look pretty and many times you won’t look like a martial arts star doing them. If you do, then either the drill sucks or your roll players do. The more “moves” you have the longer your decision making process will take. It’s better to have fewer tools that work in multiple situations than one tool for each and every probable attack. Andre may not be driving anytime soon, but he will be at some point and usually has a high level of maturity with these drills.