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Whichever method you choose, there are a few common principles:
- Stay as close to your opponent as possible after you close.
- Focus on taking control of the knife first.
- Grabbing the knife wielding hand is always preferable to parrying/blocking.
- Cut off your attacker's view of the knife.
- Close the distance quickly and smoothly.
- Never take unnecessary chances or use complicated techniques.
- Detach yourself from the fear you feel when faced with a weapon.
- Stay alert but unemotional.
- Keep a natural demeanor and deceive your opponent.
- Move suddenly and without warning.