Are You Ready To Defend Yourself In Court After A Shooting?

There are three fights for your life that you have to be ready to win: the fight before the fight, the fight itself, and the fight after the fight. If you win one and two but lose the third, you’re in an incredibly bad spot. So are you ready to win the fight after the fight and defend yourself in court?

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We spend the majority of our time at Active Self Protection talking about the first two of the three fights for your life, and with good reason. If you lose the first fight (the fight for awareness, for the Rules of Stupid, and for de-escalation, escape, and avoidance) you’re in for a deadly force encounter. If you lose the second fight, you’re dead and the fight is over. But if you win those two but lose the legal fight that is almost sure to come after, you’ve still lost. It’s that simple.

Think it can’t happen to you?

Oh, plenty of people as good or better than we are have thought so.

In my home state, consider the case of Harold Fish. Harold was forced to kill a man to save his own life, and despite it being a clear case of self-defense, his defense cost him almost half a million dollars. He spent more than three years in prison before his sentence was overturned.

George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, but his legal defense has brought him $2.5 million dollars in legal debt ALONE. His life is over because he was crucified in the press and wrung through the legal mill.

Jay Rodney Lewis, a former LEO, shot a man who had attacked him with his car. A jury found him innocent, but he had to use a public defender because he was broke. He couldn’t post bail so he spent 112 days in jail waiting for his verdict. The incident left him without a job and homeless.

That sucks. All of it. Losing the fight after the fight ruined these three men’s lives, even though their actions were entirely justified. They point out that it is entirely necessary, in my opinion, to be prepared for the fight after the fight.

Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) have their unions behind them, professional liability insurance, and a huge support network to get ahead of the legal investigation and communicate with the press. Unless you’re very, very wealthy, if you’re not an officer you simply don’t have that. I sure don’t, on my own. But it’s something we all need as concealed carriers.

So what do I do about it?

I started looking into this issue about three years ago when I really started thinking about the legal aftermath of a defensive encounter. I have been through three different programs as I have continued to research, and so I thought I would bring you the options out there, the benefits and limitations of each, and allow you to pick from what is available to find works best for you in your situation.

Below is a grid showing what each organization offers, and what each offers in terms of legal protection for CCW carriers. First, allow me to introduce each organization with their affiliated website:

ACLDN: The Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network

GOLD’N: Gun Owners Legal Defense Network

USCCA: The United States Concealed Carry Association

US Law Shield

CCW Safe

NRA Self Defense Insurance

Second Call

Also, allow me to explain some terms:

Type of product: really, there are only two “types” of products on the market. One is an insurance (or insurance-backed) product, where the insurer reimburses you for expenses after the court case is finished. The other is a membership, where the member receives services from the organization directly in the event of an incident.

“Crisis Management Team”: This is a broad term, which you should look at each organization for their definition. In broadest terms it refers to some group that will assist you in the crisis after you defend yourself, be it picking an attorney, talking to police when they arrive, being present to bail you out, etc. The ones that offer it, offer different services as part of it. So be aware!

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So what do you need?

To me, the question of what you need comes down to three factors: how much do you think your legal defense (both criminal and civil) might cost you, how much civil liability insurance do you think your need, and cost.

Legal defense limits: Personally, I want as high as I can get and still be able to afford it. The three cases above, while exceptional, are not isolated. Lawyers cost a ton of money.

Civil liability limits: This one really depends on your state. In Arizona, where I live, civil liability is nonexistent in cases where the person was committing a forcible felony. I also have significant liability insurance through my homeowners insurance (though you need to check to be sure on yours that it does not exclude intentional acts such as self-defense!). For me, then, having an additional insurance product is unnecessary. If your homeowners insurance excludes intentional acts (I am with USAA, which doesn’t), you might want insurance. If your state has poor self-defense laws (I’m looking at you, California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey), you might well want some kind of insurance product.

Cost: Some of the products can be up to $600 per year, which for me is exorbitant. Regardless of how much protection you want, you have to be able to afford it.

How Do I decide?

1. Decide that you need some kind of protection. Seriously. If you take the time to be prepared for a deadly fight for your life, you need to be prepared for the next fight.

2. Decide what type of product you think you need. I need someone to get ahead of the game for me and work from the word go, not reimburse me after everything is said and done and I have had to mortgage my house to get the attorney retainers. I don’t like the insurance products for this reason, because they all come to bear after you’re done.

3. Decide which product has the best value and services for you and yours.

4. Decide what your budget is and what you can reasonably invest in your legal defense.

I make no secret that I personally chose CCW Safe. I have been through two other organizations, but in the end I really appreciate what CCW Safe has to offer. They act like a police union for CCW holders, and as someone who is more than a firearms carrier alone I like the fact that they are one of only two that covers more than firearms uses. As a martial artist and one who carries a range of tools, that’s very important to me. They are the only one that requires members to be CCW holders, which means members are generally very law-abiding and safe bets. I like that they’re only $99 a year for membership, which is ridiculously cheap in my opinion for what they offer. And I like that there are no limits on the coverage for defending you criminally or civilly.

I recommend them highly, and am a member in good standing.

You choose what’s right for you and your family. If I lived in California I might want more civil liability than I have, but honestly for me I would probably get an umbrella liability policy and still go with CCW Safe if I had a CCW permit there. But every situation is unique, and I present this information for you to jump off on your own research.

*I am a CCW Safe affiliate, and if you sign up through my affiliate link in this post I will receive a commission on that. It doesn’t cost any more to do that, but they do compensate me for referrals.

**CCW Safe is also a sponsor of Active Self Protection’s narrated videos. That said, my membership with CCW Safe predates both my affiliate partnership AND their sponsorship of ASP. In fact, I approached them about being a sponsor of the videos because I believe that every concealed carrier needs their product. (my membership is effective July 22, 2015 and the sponsorship wasn’t until September 1, 2015) I can send you a picture of my membership card if you’d like me to prove it. I approached their team in mid-August about a partnership after doing the research for this post, and they agreed. It just took me 2 weeks to get this post together!

Off Duty Officer Murdered Trying To Stop Armed Robbery

Does this video convince you to carry your firearm where it’s easily and discreetly available? I sure hope it does make you consider how your carry position affects your Active Self Protection in an armed robbery, because it sure ought to.

Original video: http://get-asp.com/bgna (WARNING: site has lots of NSFW content)

This video is sponsored by CCW Safe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe

How do I protect myself from an armed robbery?

1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. They will always get the first move, so you need to be ready with attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself when in places where attacks are more likely to occur. This certainly applies during an armed robbery!

2. Even in a gunfight, empty-handed skills are important because many gunfights close to “extreme close quarters” or “bad breath distances.” Knowing how to protect your firearm from being taken, and how to win the fight that you’re actually in rather than the fight you want to be in, is crucial. This officer wanted to win a gunfight, but he ended up in a fight for his firearm that cost him his life. Empty-handed skills are indispensable.

3. Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk or in a bag, but in the moment of need during an armed robbery you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person and easily accessible. On-body carry is a real must if at all possible. Waist, shoulder, or chest/belly is preferable to ankle by a mile. Had this officer had his gun more readily

4. In the moment an armed robber attacks you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. The officer here didn’t realize there was an additional attacker nearby, and it cost him his life.

5. Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today.

6. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! We must remember that there is always another unknown attacker, so being able to see other potential attackers is an important part of covering your ASP. It is not uncommon at all in an armed robbery to face multiple attackers, so

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Armed Robbery At McDonalds Caught On Camera

Do you view this as a case of just handing over the money, or if someone pulls a gun is it a deadly force encounter to defend yourself in? Practicing Active Self Protection lets you decide which this is. So would you have complied or found an opportunity?

Original video and news story here: http://get-asp.com/rarn

How do I protect myself during an armed robbery?

1. Every person has to make the moral and ethical decision whether they are willing to defend property. Defending life is absolutely a moral imperative in an armed robbery, but property is something else entirely. When an armed robbery threatens violence against you if you don’t give the armed robber money, sometimes the best thing to do is give him the money. But if your life is at risk, it is also morally acceptable to defend your life against their threat.

2. In the moment of an armed robbery, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself.

3. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! Here the attackers used a very common strategy, having a gunman and a “grab man” who allowed the gunman to stay at distance. That’s common. It’s very common in an armed robbery to see two or three attackers.

4. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Assassination Attempt Caught On Camera

Would you hesitate to tackle a man on crutches? I don’t think I have ever seen a stranger assassination attempt at Active Self Protection, but the method of handling it was absolutely spot on!

Original video: http://get-asp.com/g7wf

How do I protect myself from assassination?

1. Well, honestly, you can’t always protect yourself all the time. It’s just not possible, and even the greatest situational awareness can’t keep you from being ambushed. No one launches an assassination attempt where they think the intended victim has a chance to escape! Therefore, spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today.

2. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself.

3. To defend against this kind of attack, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way.

4. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed attacker when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable. We pursue them from first to last, in order, to give us the best chance of successfully defending ourselves against an armed opponent. Deflect their force multiplier, Dominate as much as possible (best is the whole person, second is the arm with the tool, last is the tool itself), Distract the attacker (usually using pain, redirection, movement, etc.), Disarm the attacker, and Disable the attacker.

5. The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of people around here, but no one stepped in until one brave soul had the courage to act. You cannot count on anyone breaking the Bystander Effect to help you, especially if the attacker is armed and any help would be at a force deficit from it. Once you negate that advantage, the chance of others stepping in with you increases.

6. As one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, is fond of saying, the ground must be your friend and not your enemy. You must know how to fight on the ground and not panic if the fight goes to the ground! You must have skills from bottom position, from top position, and in the scramble. You must be able to regain your feet and fight from wherever you find yourself. Too many fights require this skill to ignore it!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Armed Victim Thwarts Carjacking

How would you have stopped this carjacking? In many parts of the world carjacking is very common, but even in the US it’s not an uncommon occurrence. Making sure that you have Active Self Protection to protect yourself and your family is important!

How do I protect myself from carjacking?

Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. Your car is a moving transitional space, especially at points of entry and exit. A carjacking is a great reminder that transitional spaces are high places of attack, because moving cars aren’t carjacked.

2. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself.

3. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. This carjacking ended quickly because the victim was able to put shots on target quickly and end the first threat so that he could move to the additional threats.

4. In a gunfight, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gunfight because it is against every instinct you have when in mortal danger! People who focus too much on stance or isosceles vs. Weaver forget this fact, but as self-defenders we must know that we will be moving. So practice and train movement on the draw and fire. This is a great reason to have airsoft trainers and practice draw and move in your dry-fire regimen as well. The victim here had to move out of the car and then to cover to end this carjacking.

5. If you have a partner with you when you’re attacked (be it a LEO partner if you work on a team, or your spouse or martial artist buddy), you want to do everything you can to work as a team. Knowing each other well and communicating clearly will help you protect yourself from danger. This takes training and practice and commitment, but two partners working together present a formidable challenge to any attacker.

6. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers!

7. I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. When you get in the car, lock the doors. If your car automatically unlocks the doors when you put it in park or shut the engine off, read your owner’s manual and change that setting. Your car door is a great barrier to keep between you and any potential carjackings, so keep it locked for your safety!

8. One of the best ways to protect yourself while you’re in the car is to simply drive off. The car can get away quickly if you are ready, taking you out of danger. So be ready to drive off if you need to! Keep the car in drive until you’re ready to get out. Keep the engine running. If you’re aware of your surroundings you can escape a lot of problems.

9. Never leave your keys in your car or the car running if you are away from it. Period, end of subject. The only time you can leave a car running is if your car is equipped with a remote starter that can leave it running while you take the keys and lock the car on the way out. And of course, never leave vulnerable people like children or elderly parents in a car without someone to protect them. If you’re all they have, take them with you.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Gunfight Erupts When Armed Robbery Victim Fights Back

Would you have taken your opportunity to fight this gunman during this armed robbery? There are a BUNCH of Active Self Protection lessons in this one to consider!

Original video from the Broward Sheriff’s Office: http://get-asp.com/bx1v

News story with plenty of details on the incident: http://get-asp.com/rlv2

How do I protect myself in an armed robbery?

1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always armed robbery from ambush, or as we like to call it in Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself.

2. Even in a gunfight, empty-handed skills are important because many gunfights close to “extreme close quarters” or “bad breath distances.” Knowing how to disarm a gun-wielding attacker in an armed robbery, and how to win the fight that you’re actually in rather than the fight you want to be in, is crucial.

3. To defend against this kind of attack, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way.

4. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth. The victim shot the attacker FIVE TIMES in the chest, and he lived. Multiple shots on target may well be necessary to stop your attacker, so shoot until the threat stops.

5. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed attacker when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable. We pursue them from first to last, in order, to give us the best chance of successfully defending ourselves against an armed opponent. Deflect their force multiplier, Dominate as much as possible (best is the whole person, second is the arm with the tool, last is the tool itself), Distract the attacker (usually using pain, redirection, movement, etc.), Disarm the attacker, and Disable the attacker.

6. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.

7. Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might face, which accounts for 2 misses and 3 shots on target for each. (of course, you never want to miss…I am just accommodating me on my worst day) This bad guy’s gun, turned on him fired at least 5 hits and one miss (at the second attacker) before running empty. How much capacity is enough for you? That’s a personal decision, but for me and mine I like a gun with 15 or more if I can have it.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Guard Ambushed By Armed Robbers

These are the worst-case situations that test everything we do at Active Self Protection. If you can survive this attack by armed robbers, you can survive almost anything. So what do you think he could have done in this instance?

Original video: http://get-asp.com/lv4j

How do I protect myself from armed robbers?

1. Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today.

2. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private.

3. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers.

4. To defend against this kind of attack, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way.

5. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers!

6. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

GRAPHIC: Tragic Suicide Caught On Camera

WARNING: GRAPHIC. I share this one to teach two IMPORTANT Active Self Protection lessons, friends. It’s important enough to share it, but hear my heart that I am not sharing it to glorify it one iota.

First and foremost, I share it to remind us all about the horrors of suicide. Please, if you are in crisis or know someone who is in crisis, please get help. Visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 1 (800) 273-8255 anywhere in the US to get help. Please don’t ignore the warning signs of suicide.

Original video here: http://get-asp.com/dawz (WARNING: lots of NSFW content on that site)

Second, I share it with self-defenders because it teaches us several more lessons for self-protection.

1. Please keep your firearms out of the hands of unauthorized persons. I am not saying someone let this man have a firearm, but it’s a good reminder that we must keep our firearms properly stored so that the threat of them being used in this manner is minimized.

2. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth. This man stood there for 25 seconds after a high center chest cavity hit at point blank range, which reminds us all of the need to be careful if we have to use our firearm against someone else in a deadly force encounter.

3. The corollary for self-defenders is that if you’re shot in a fight, you might still have enough fight in you to protect your family. That requires great emotional fitness, though.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Argument Escalates Into Beating By Multiple Attackers

We talk about being ready for multiple attackers quite often at Active Self Protection, so are you? Do you train to survive these kinds of fights? I hope so!

Original Video: http://get-asp.com/n8zk

News story on the incident: http://get-asp.com/nd3k

How do I protect myself from multiple attackers?

1. I think that the Rules of Stupid come into play here. The Rules of Stupid state that you should never (1) go to Stupid places, (2) with Stupid people, (3) at Stupid times, and (4) do Stupid things. You can usually get away with breaking one Rule of Stupid, but two or more really increase the odds of bad things happening. The bar is a bit of a stupid place. If you read the news story, it’s 1:50AM, a stupid time. (nothing good happens between midnight and 5AM) Getting into a verbal altercation against two people at once is perhaps doing Stupid things. So this guy broke a lot of the Rules. That doesn’t blame him for the attack, but it does give us a guideline to work from on how to protect ourselves.

2. A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. Having good situational awareness will give you more time and opportunity to see problems coming and formulate a plan to stay away and protect yourself without danger to yourself or others. This is always our first choice as self-defenders.

3. Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders. First of all, more conflicts you will encounter as a self-defender will require empty-handed skills than will require firearms skills, simply because more self-defense encounters are physical than deadly. Second, since a firearm is a tool of last resort, self-defenders need to have non-lethal options that include empty-handed skills to protect themselves from likely incidents. Third, in the moment of the encounter you may not have the time to get to your gun before you can fight your way to it. This guy needed to be able to fight, plain and simple.

4. The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of people around here, but no one stepped in. You cannot count on anyone breaking the Bystander Effect to help you, especially if the attacker is armed and any help would be at a force deficit from it. Usually the best way to break the Bystander Effect is to have a force multiplication advantage, which is a great reason to keep your force multiplier on you at all times.

5. To defend against this kind of attack, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way.

6. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers!

7. As one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, is fond of saying, the ground must be your friend and not your enemy. You must know how to fight on the ground and not panic if the fight goes to the ground! You must have skills from bottom position, from top position, and in the scramble. You must be able to regain your feet and fight from wherever you find yourself. Too many fights require this skill to ignore it!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Armed Robbers Zip Tie Their Victims

This scares me. Seriously. I can handle armed robbers, but to me being tied up is a bright line of action. How about you?

Original video with details: http://get-asp.com/m0xs

How do I protect myself from armed robbers?

1. Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. If you go read the news link, the armed robbers stole a firearm from the gym in the robbery, which means they HAD a gun in the place to protect themselves. But that does them NO good if they don’t have it in the moment of need.

2. In the moment armed robbers attack you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. When the man with the gun put it away, these armed robbers weren’t in any position to act with deadly force and that was the chance to defend.

3. You must establish some “bright lines” of when you’ll fight for your life, no matter the odds. Sometimes it might be best to give in, but there are some situations that are so dire that any odds are better than none. For me, being tied up is one of those bright lines. The second is being taken to a second location. In those situations I will fight to the death right where I am. You must establish your own “bright lines” of defense that you know it’s time to go right now.

4. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. These ladies didn’t act like they knew danger could come their way, in my opinion. Most people don’t think it can, in reality.

5. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! Armed robbers often work together, and it’s often enough that we must expect it.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)