I know this forum is mostly geared toward combat sports, but this came up briefly on a recent thread and I thought it might be worth discussing. Edged weapon attacks are a very real threat facing both LEO's and civilians alike. I feel that most responses being taught out there today are sadly inadequate in the face of a real attack and based on some terribly inaccurate ideas about what really happens in a knife attack.
Unfortunately it seems that many of those who acknowledge this fact appear to take the stance that an effective unarmed response to a knife attack is not really possible and that escape is the only hope. While escape is generally the best option it is not always immediately practical in a given situation, particularly where one has a duty to engage the threat. I train in a system which addresses this question to my personal satisfaction but I am curious as to what the general thinking is out there in the MA/Combatives community. Thanks.