Expert says simple items such as umbrellas and belts can thwart a knife attack (2014/05/22)

During the MRT attacker’s rampage a passenger bought extra time by defending himself with an umbrella. An expert in martial arts says that umbrellas and even belts can be an effective foil for knife-wielding attackers. 

This victim whose wrist and hand is covered in blood keeps the attacker at bay with his umbrella. It’s a tense standoff as passengers have nowhere to flee on this subway car. They are simply trying to stall for time until they enter an MRT station and flee the compartment. After seeing this passenger-recorded video, an experienced martial arts instructor said that umbrellas are actually a useful tool against assailants. 

One could use the umbrella to push the assailant backwards or potentially distract him. In the event of a knife attack, the umbrella can be opened to deflect the knife and prevent injury.

Men’s belts are another effective defense tool. 

But what does one do if you are empty-handed?

Ji Cheng-hsian
Kaohsiung Police Instructor
When you are face to face (with an assailant), you should try to be very calm. Large or small bags or backpacks that are beside you can serve as a shield.

The instructor says to remain calm, try to buy some extra time and look for an opportunity to escape.

教民眾防身 

鄭捷在捷運上隨機殺人,受傷的民眾無處可躲,不過也有乘客拿雨傘反抗,一度讓鄭捷不敢再前進。事實上,有多年教學經驗的武術教練就說,遇到歹徒持刀襲擊,身上有雨傘或皮帶,都可以拿來當防身武器。如果雙手空空,也千萬要冷靜,想辦法拖延時間,趁機逃離現場。

這名手腕被砍傷的乘客,雖滿手是血,但眼看鄭捷持刀步步逼近,仍奮勇舉著傘、跟眼前這個殺人犯對峙。無處可逃的乘客一塊自保,終於成功拖延時間、直到捷運到站。這段乘客錄下的影片曝光後,擁有多年武術教學經驗的教練就說,遇上歹徒襲擊,手上有傘其實有更好的自保方法。

主動迫使歹徒退後,為的就是要分散對方注意力。但如果歹徒已準備要揮刀,開傘、擋架,也能避免受傷。

身上沒帶傘的話,男士們腰間上的皮帶,也能發揮作用。

如果手上沒東西防身,該怎麼辦?

[[高雄市警局總教官 姬正賢]]
“你必須面對的時候 我希望說還是要很冷靜的心態 那如果旁邊有一些可以當盾牌的東西 比如說大包包小包包背包 你都可以用”

教官提醒,先求冷靜自保,再來就是想辦法拖延時間、趁機脫逃。

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