This is one of the most deadly attacks you can face with an edged weapon. Here is boothdoc showing us exactly what not to do. This is exactly what someone with no exposure to training will do. The will respond by being up on their toes, leaning forward, and grab hold of the weapon hand. When the thumb are involved in a grip the muscles have two choices....push or pull. In this case neither works and task fixation sets in and they are stuck on the X and usually just ride the weapon into their stomach. Here is a picture of a student (Stormin Normin) defending against Unloved. He is using our Principle Based Respond. He extends the base of his palms creating a hard target for the forearm of the attacker to smash into. Although this really hurts the attacker in training in real life what is makes it effective is hitting a huge nerve bundle inside the forearm. This often leads to a dropped weapon. By not using his thumb he is able to redirect the attack and move to the outside as the attacker powers towards him. At this point is is able to get away or finish his attack from behind. Both are "minute in time" pictures and show students pressure testing the tactic at combat speed against 350,000 volt stun guns.- George Wanna kill these ads? We can help!