Knife and Edged Weapon Awareness

Learn simple and effective methods to help identify potential risks and avoid becoming a victim

This course has been specifically developed to raise awareness of knife and edged weapons.

It seems that almost every other week another story hits the news about a knife related incident or death, and it is often reported that we live in a “knife culture”.

Would you know what to do if you were ever confronted by a person armed with a knife?

We believe that awareness and avoidance is the most effective form of defence.

So what's in the course...

Our training is delivered by qualified personal safety specialists with years of experience as both front line practitioners and trainers. We understand the reality of knife crime, and know this is not a subject to be glamourised or treated lightly.

​Conflict involving knives and edged weapons never happens like it does in the movies or in a controlled environment like a martial arts dojo or training hall. 


The heavy focus of this course is to avoid conflict with anyone armed with an edged weapon. Physical skills are only considered as an absolute last resort and are deliberately simple and effective.

All of our courses can be tailored to your specific requirements, at no additional cost, and here are some of our course objectives:

  • Dispel the myths and raise awareness of the real life dangers of knives and edged weapons
  • The law relating to knives and edged weapon offences (incl schools) 
  • How to identify risk in everyday situation and what to do about them
  • How an understanding of Verbal and Non-Verbal communication can keep us safer
  • What is "Reasonable force" and the law around self defence?
  • Diffusion and De-escalation techniques
  • Simple but effective Disengagement techniques

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What our clients say about this course...

Like all of our courses, our Knife and Edged Weapon Awareness course was developed in direct response to the needs of our clients. We are very proud of the amazing feedback we have received

Feroza Ladd Team Leader- Leicester City Council

Team Leader- Leicester City Council

I was impressed from the onset. Terry took the time to come and find out our requirements, was clear in what would be delivered meeting the needs of the staff. The training itself was excellent and I would highly recommend it. Trainers are very experienced, knowledgeable and personable

Liz Cole Head of Health and Safety- Catch 22

Head of Health and Safety- Catch 22

We have worked with Oakwood Training for the past four years. Terry’s knowledge has been invaluable in designing courses and operational procedures that help us reduce risks to our staff. I consistently hear great comments from staff who have attended courses and I enjoy working with Terry on the different approaches we need for our diverse range of services.

Check out "Our Clients" page to see what they have said about us.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

We know that you and your staff will love this course. Remember, we can alter any content to suit your specific needs to ensure you get the most out of your training. If, for whatever reason, you are unhappy with the course, we will give you a full refund.

What others have asked...

What are "Breakaway" skills?

Do I have to be super fit?

How much of the course is physical?

Do I have to take part in the Physical Skills?

Do you use real knives?

Why do I have to complete a medical questionnaire?

Can I change the course content?

I'm pregnant, can I still take part?

What should I wear?