THIRD-HAND DRILLS Training against a knife attack. Develop good habits and motor skills via repetition and a lot of repetition. It is good to practice by yourself and focus on the hand movements and also footwork. Against a straight thrust. Footwork is important but what is more important is changing your mindset telling yourself that “YES” you can defend yourself with confidence. Your mindset is very important. Using elbow for striking on close quarter combative.