Being attacked by someone armed with a knife is the stuff of nightmares.
And while it is never advisable to take a risk in a life-or-death situation, this one-minute video featuring a martial arts expert shows how someone would go about surviving such an attack.
Dalia Terret has studied various martial arts for more than 35 years and has even taught the Metropolitan Police lifesaving self-defence techniques.
She teaches classes at KB Fitness in Euston, London, alongside company owner Kelly Bunyan – a fourth dan kickboxer with a black sash in Kung fu.
The duo boost the fitness and confidence of their clients by teaching them moves that can be used against attacks from the front, side and back, as well as up close and from a distance.
The classes also teach the importance of ground defence as well as how to best protect yourself against a weapon.
This video shows Dalia demonstrating a number of lifesaving moves against an attacker – which could be used in a worst case scenario.
In the first example, Dalia, who has experience teaching Judo, kickboxing and Jujutsu, shows what to do if someone comes at you with a knife.
The move involves evading the weapon as the attacker lunges at you.
By timing her movement to perfection, the martial arts professional shows how she is able to step out of harm’s way before firmly pushing the attacker’s arm away from her body.
The second technique, which she calls ‘the hold and fold’, sees Dalia evading the knife as if comes at her before grabbing the attacker by the arm and firmly striking him in the elbow joint.
This causes his arm to buckle and fold, enabling her to push it backwards and disarm him by moving the weapon away from her.
‘The most important thing to remember in all of this is avoidance,’ said the expert, who explained that a potential victim should make a ‘rapid threat assessment’ before deciding the best possible action to take.
‘These techniques must only be used if a victim finds themselves in imminent danger with nowhere to run,’ she added.
As well as teaching people interested in improving their fitness, Dalia and Kelly also help victims of crime restore their confidence following an attack.
But Dalia reveals that her techniques have in fact been used in a real life scenario when one of her students found herself being mugged for her laptop.
After assessing the situation, the woman was able to knock her attacker to the ground before removing herself from danger.
The martial arts experts teach self-defence classes every Thursday at 7pm to ensure students are always fighting fit.
‘It’s important to keep practising,’ said Dalia.
‘You can learn these techniques by watching the video, but you must practice the movements so that should the situation arise, the correct response becomes a natural reaction.’
Once out of imminent danger, the martial arts expert says it is always best to remove yourself from the situation.