Murder on Camera Shows the Importance of Seizing Opportunity

Would you Active Self Protection been up to seizing the opportunity in the moment here? In times of life and death, you might not get another chance so you’ve got to take the one you get! Murder like this just makes me angry to watch, so let’s learn how not to be a victim.

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Original video of the murder: https://get-asp.com/3a81

 

What does this murder teach self-defenders?

 

  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. This murder happened in an entryway, a choke point that the murderer chose to have time to attack his victim. Beware of transitional spaces!

 

  1. Many attackers use their support or guard side arm as a leveraging arm, holding their opponent with it either to guard their strong hand (with a force multiplier in it, as this murder shows) or to put their intended victim at the preferred distance for their dominant hand to strike with maximum effect if they have a knife or stick. It gives them leverage, which is why we call it a leveraging arm. You have to train repeatedly as a self-defender against the leveraging arm so that you can deal with it before the dominant arm comes into play.

 

  1. Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. This murder highlights the fleeting nature of real life. 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 your loved ones and 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.

 

  1. 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. Secondarily, using good verbal judo can defuse the conflict and even prevent a murder. Practice your de-escalation skills!

 

  1. When you are the intended victim, 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 attacker is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. If you let your opportunity pass without acting, you might end up a murder victim like this guy was. Take the opportunity when it presents itself!

 

  1. 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 murder could have possibly been prevented if the victim had a combination of empty-handed skills and emotional fitness.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Truck Driver Runs Over Armed Robber

I would say this armed robber got what was coming to him, wouldn’t you? Practicing Active Self Protection means knowing the right force multiplier for the situation, and this trucker did a good job of using what he had!

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Original video of the armed robber becoming a speed bump: https://get-asp.com/8u7e

 

What does this video teach us about dealing with an armed robber?

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze when faced with an armed robber, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. The first two guys got away from the armed robber as fast as they could, which was very smart!

 

  1. One of the best ways to protect yourself while you’re in the car is to simply drive off. The response of the guy with the car to the sight of an armed robber was to get in and get away, which was awesome. 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.

 

  1. Your car can be used as a very effective force multiplier if you are willing to use it. This armed robber certainly felt the effects! While a handgun might deliver 300-500 ft-lbs of energy, a car delivers on the order of 200,000 ft-lbs of energy at 40mph. (calculate your car’s KE here: https://get-asp.com/swon if you’re a nerd like me!) Being behind the wheel with a deadly threat in front of you also puts the engine block between you and the threat; engine blocks are effective cover. It makes sense to use your car if you are in it to defend yourself.

 

  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. A gas station is a ripe target for an armed robber because of how quickly they can get out of the area.

 

  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an armed robber, then your only option is to submit to their demands and hope it works out for the best. I would never suggest that a helpless person try to defend themselves against a carjacking or armed robbery, though of course if it’s a matter of life and death you must do whatever you can. The point, though, is not to be a helpless victim! This is the heart of Active Self Protection, to motivate you to train and help you develop the attitude, skills, and plan so that you can choose to protect yourself if it makes sense in the moment rather than being forced into compliance with a violent felon.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Elderly Store Owner Fights Off Armed Robbers Who Pepper Sprayed Him

Have you ever been pepper sprayed? It’s a ride to hell for a half hour, but this man fights off two armed robbers while fighting off the effects. What a stud! Great Active Self Protection from him, and great lessons for all of us to think about in our own training.

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Original video of the armed robbers here: https://get-asp.com/0j2y

 

News story from local news here: https://get-asp.com/skg6

 

What do these armed robbers teach us about self-defense?

 

  1. Pepper spray (also called OC or OC spray) can be a very useful defensive tool for non-lethal threats. I carry this one, and it’s nasty stuff: http://amzn.to/20ywVen. It can also be used against you in a fight, so you should know how to defend yourself if you’re sprayed! Take a good course on pepper spray and how to employ it, and as part of that course take a dose yourself so that you know the effect it will have on you and how to fight through it to continue to protect yourself. These armed robbers were expecting the elderly man to wilt when they sprayed him, but he has more grit than that, and kudos to him!

 

  1. Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. These armed robbers certainly did! Think about a pride of lions chasing wildebeest in Africa and you get the picture. They target the elderly, the young, and the sick for easier attack and greater success. Likewise, criminals pick victims who they think will not effectively resist them, or that the criminal can quickly overwhelm. This includes the elderly, the young (kids and early teens), the sick, and the distracted. Men (the overwhelming majority of attackers) also target women because women tend to be physically weaker than men. If you’re in those populations, be aware that you are at extra risk of attack and prepare accordingly.

 

  1. 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 Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. These armed robbers launched the ambush by posing as customers, so the ambush can come from a lot of ways.

 

  1. To defend against a pepper spray 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. These armed robbers expected the elderly man to be overwhelmed by the pepper spray, but he had the emotional fitness to fight through it and defend himself. 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.

 

  1. 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. These armed robbers were a threat for a full five minutes or more.

 

  1. If you have a firearm out, distance is your friend. A firearm has a functionally infinite range in a deadly force encounter. (yes, I know, that’s not 100% true…for the purposes of a self-defense fight, it is functionally true) If you are at contact distance to someone you have a firearm aimed at, you give them the ability to fight you for your firearm and negate the advantage you have. Therefore, if you have a gun on someone, stay out of range of their hands if at all possible! These armed robbers could conceivably overwhelmed their victim when he brought the firearm to contact range.

 

  1. 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.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Carjacking Caught On Camera

How would you have responded to this carjacking? If your Active Self Protection is up to par, you have multiple options at your disposal!

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Original video of the carjacking: https://get-asp.com/eoaj

 

How do I protect myself from carjacking?

 

  1. Your car is not a private space, and you must continue to think of yourself like you’re in public. If ever you wonder if people don’t think of themselves as in public in the car, pay attention to drivers in their cars and see how often they are picking their nose or singing along at high volume. Don’t let your smartphone take all your attention when you’re in the car, either! Think of yourself as walking down the street and pay attention accordingly. This carjacking might or might not have been averted if the people inside were paying good attention to their surroundings before parking and while exiting.

 

  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. Cars are always transitional spaces, and a carjacking happens where it does because thieves know it’s a vulnerable space to attack you.

 

  1. 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. In this carjacking, it didn’t really look like they did. 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.

 

  1. If you have a spouse or significant other who isn’t a self-defender, it’s very important to teach them what their responsibility is if you ever have to use your firearm to defend you both like you might in a carjacking. The same holds true for children or elderly parents or anyone who you are around a lot who doesn’t practice ASP at all. My wife and kids know that if they see my firearm at all they need to get DOWN and, if possible, get away from me because I am about to draw fire. In the car they know to get low.

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting, and a carjacking provides an excellent object lesson and evaluation. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, like appears happened in this carjacking, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Good Samaritan Stops Robbery, Brawls With Robber

Would you have attacked the robber like this Good Samaritan did? At Active Self Protection we always want to think about the consequences of acting and of not acting, so this robbery caught on camera helps us think through our own responses to situations.

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Original video with some details from the Good Samaritan: https://get-asp.com/sqi7 (WARNING: this site is very, very NSFW and filled with adult content…strongest warning possible…I get videos from it when I can’t find it anywhere else but do NOT endorse anything about it)

 

How do I protect myself in a 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. This robbery took place in a transitional space (fast food restaurants are transitional spaces by definition!) and they are always places where robbers like to hit.

 

  1. This robbery reminds us that every person gets to decide who they are willing to protect. For some, their “flock” is only themselves and their immediate family. That’s an acceptable answer. For others, they are willing to protect their friends, coworkers, and extended family. For a few, it might mean being willing to protect anyone who is weak, powerless, and in need. Each of us must decide the size of our flock and have that decision firmly in mind when it is time to act. This man decided to step in to try to protect the employees of the restaurant which is laudable!

 

  1. As each of us considers whether to be a Good Samaritan and step into encounters that do not directly involve us, we must consider the implications on our lives and families. Does your desire to step in and stop a robbery override your duty to your spouse and children and loved ones? Or is it part of your care for your family to protect others wherever you can? We must also all realize that when we come across an incident in progress that it can be VERY difficult to determine who is the aggressor and who is the defender, who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, and that must give us pause as well. Obviously this robbery is pretty clear-cut on that end, but it’s still worth considering in general.

 

  1. This robbery shows us that we must be able to fight and defend ourselves from all different stages of action. One of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, likes to say that we must be able to fight wherever the fight happens to be! So whether we are at contact stage (just able to come in physical contact with our attacker), penetration stage (where attacks can contact and penetrate significantly), or manipulation stage (a clinch or similar where joint and body manipulations are possible), we must be able to use effective technique to protect ourselves. This fight went from contact to out of contact to penetration to manipulation.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Two Women Ambush and Mug Man in New Orleans

Where did your danger alarm start going off in this ambush? An ambush like this is almost certainly preventable, friends. Practicing Active Self Protection probably prevents the ambush to begin with, or win it if you have to!

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Original video of the ambush: https://get-asp.com/lo77

 

News story of the ambush with details: https://get-asp.com/lkvw

UPDATE: More information on the attackers: https://get-asp.com/kkm3

How do I protect myself from ambush and mugging?

 

  1. If you can win “the fight before the fight,” you win. You win that fight by minimizing your potential for being attacked in the first place! That means making smart decisions and living a life of awareness and readiness so that you don’t take unnecessary risks. I am not blaming the ambush on the victim, but I am saying that we all should learn to make risk assessments of our choices to make sure that we are being wise with our decisions and making good choices.

 

  1. Most attacks are perpetrated by men (source: http://get-asp.com/821s for that) but that doesn’t mean that women are always safe or won’t ambush a man. It does mean that statistically women are much less of a threat than men for violence. However, each person is an individual, and each individual must be considered for their unique threat profile rather than lumped into a category. Just because women are less likely to commit violent crime doesn’t mean that they are unlikely in a given instance to commit violent crime.

 

  1. I think that the Rules of Stupid likely come into play in this ambush. 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. It is highly likely that 6AM on a Saturday in the French Quarter is really, really late on Friday night. If so, that’s one Stupid. He appears to be intoxicated in public (or really bad at fighting), and if so that’s two. Following two people you don’t know to what looks like an alley appears to be three at least, if not four. Follow the Rules!

 

  1. 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 Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. This victim didn’t survive the ambush meaningfully, though he did continue to put up some resistance for some time. The farther away you can see the ambush coming, the better chance you can successfully defend against it!

 

  1. The Bystander Effect is real, as this ambush shows. The bystander in this video walks on by without even really considering stepping 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.

 

  1. 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 the ambush 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.

 

  1. 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! They were both part of the ambush here, so knowing how multiple attackers work is an important part of covering your ASP.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Hero From French Train Attack Stabbed By Multiple Attackers

Spencer Stone, the hero of the French train attack incident earlier this year (details here: https://get-asp.com/4ucd ), was attacked by multiple attackers armed with knives. His struggle against them teaches some important Active Self Protection lessons from a man who we know has epic bravery.

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Original video here: https://get-asp.com/rnvm

 

News story of the incident here: https://get-asp.com/huq6

 

UPDATE: Police have arrested the attacker and this story has details: https://get-asp.com/cbmg

 

Follow-up with details of his injuries and pics of the amount of damage done (graphic): https://get-asp.com/5hfb

 

What does Mr. Stone’s ordeal teach us about facing multiple attackers?

 

  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 your loved ones and 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. Multiple attackers almost ended Mr. Stone’s life, and he is VERY lucky to have made it.

 

  1. 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. Against multiple attackers especially, you have to be ready to protect yourself as long as possible.

 

  1. 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. Mr. Stone had several opportunities against multiple attackers to draw a force multiplier if he had one (it’s California so he probably didn’t), but he absolutely needed his empty-handed skills to get space and time to use them.

 

  1. Knife attacks do not happen like you’ve seen in Hollywood. They are brutal, fast, and mean. Stabbing attacks do not generally come from slashes or from any notice whatsoever, but tend to come from concealment and repeatedly stab at a rate of 2-3 stabs per second. He was stabbed four times in the video, and multiple attackers means it is even less likely in the moment that you will know that you’re stabbed.

 

  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself (even against multiple attackers), you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. (I carry this at a minimum: https://get-asp.com/IPOK) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.

 

  1. Against multiple attackers every self-defender must know and train and practice that it’s death to focus on one too much. When every attacker is an equal threat, we practice the “Boarding House Rules” that everyone gets firsts before anyone gets seconds. If possible, stack the attackers one behind the other rather than getting between them, because if you get between them then one will have your back. It’s better if possible to work to the outside of the group and keep one between you and the others.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Body Camera Catches Suicidal Man Ambushing and Shooting Police Officer

\But officers are heartless thugs out to kill people, right?\ The follow-up of the officer to this situation is beyond remarkable, and he deserves a medal for his behavior. His body camera catches not only the ambush, but him trying to talk the suicidal man down afterward. There are Active Self Protection lessons for LEO and CCW alike.

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Original body camera video here: https://get-asp.com/8ha7

 

News story on the prosecutor’s findings (and how important the body camera footage was) here: https://get-asp.com/mznq

 

What does this body camera footage teach CCW and LEO alike?

 

  1. If you go read the news story, this is evidence that gun control in America is a farcical, quixotic effort. The man who dies here has a criminal history dating back at least to multiple felonies in 1972 and was currently under investigation in a domestic violence incident. He was a prohibited possessor who was nevertheless waving a gun around and getting drunk. He couldn’t legally own firearms, and yet there he was. He was willing to try to murder a police officer (the body camera shows that clearly at least!), and no laws kept him from being able to do so.

 

  1. 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 Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. The body camera shows clearly that the officer had no ability to fend this attack off or defend against it, as the deranged man set a perfect ambush to kill him. Thank God he was wearing his vest!

 

  1. In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training!

 

  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. The body camera shows how incredibly close the officer came to dying that day. I bet he got to spend some time thinking about life in the next couple of days!

 

  1. 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. In the moment of the shooting the body camera shows that the suicidal man was stopped because all four officers present shot him. They worked as a team.

 

  1. Our goal as self-defenders is to stop the threat. We are not vigilantes and we are not out to kill, we seek to stop the threat against us. Shooting to wound will not stop the threat reliably, and neither will shooting an attacker in an extremity. The only reliably means to stop an aggressor who means us death or grievous bodily harm is to put shots in the center of their available mass to cause nervous system collapse or bleeding out. (exsanguination is the technical term) The body camera shows the officer fire ONE shot and then stop, and that was really restrained. The whole video shows restraint, as the officers tried and tried to stop the threat before it came to that!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Violent Purse Snatching Caught On Camera

Do you carry a purse or bag? If so, recognize that you have to account in your Active Self Protection for the fact that it’s a target for mugging and purse snatching. You must also be able to know how attacks like this happen so that you can defend yourself!

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

 

Original video of the purse snatching from LAPD: https://get-asp.com/7kk5

 

More thoughts on this purse snatching and lessons learned from Greg Ellifritz: https://get-asp.com/blu1

 

How do I protect myself from purse snatching?

 

  1. Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target for something like a purse snatching (or any violence, really). Think about a pride of lions chasing wildebeest in Africa and you get the picture. They target the elderly, the young, and the sick for easier attack and greater success. Likewise, criminals pick victims who they think will not effectively resist them, or that the criminal can quickly overwhelm. This includes the elderly, the young (kids and early teens), the sick, and the distracted. Men (the overwhelming majority of attackers) also target women because women tend to be physically weaker than men. If you’re in a vulnerable population you must train in self-defense and carry the most effective tools possible to even the odds against bigger, stronger, faster attackers.

 

  1. 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. At the beginning of this purse snatching the woman has a split second of notice where she senses the attack coming, and that gave her a moment to prepare. The more time you have to prepare, the better your odds of coming out ahead.

 

  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. This purse snatching happened in a place where the mugger could easily ambush and easily escape. When you’re walking down the sidewalk, just be aware that you’re in a transitional space and stay alert accordingly! (that means no mobile surfing!)

 

  1. To defend against a purse snatching like this, 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. Being shaken like a rag doll is very disorienting, so having emotional fitness helps you stay in the fight.

 

  1. 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 as it did in this purse snatching! 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!

 

  1. On body carry is the preferred method of keeping your force multipliers, whether a firearm or another tool. Purse carry is shown repeatedly to be less effective at retention, less effective at draw and accuracy, and much more likely to be a target in an attack. (for more on purse carry, read this: https://get-asp.com/s0gk )

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Florida Man Faces Murder Charges for Escalating Conflict From Physical to Deadly

Do you think this man should be facing aggravated battery charges? Knowing when you can use your firearm, and when you can’t, is a VERY important part of practicing Active Self Protection.

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Original video of the motorcyclist escalating conflict, along with news story: https://get-asp.com/gy01

UPDATE: The District Attorney has decided to drop charges: https://get-asp.com/efu5

What do we learn here about the dangers of escalating conflict?

 

  1. One of the five pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “proportionality,” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ). Proportionality requires that the response is proportional to the threat, and escalating conflict is not allowed legally or morally. When we fail the test of proportionality by escalating conflict, we lose our innocence in the eyes of the law and put ourselves at risk of spending significant time in prison. Proportionality is also why I carry a pepper spray, because non-lethal threats require non-lethal responses. (I carry this one: https://get-asp.com/lesslethal )

 

  1. 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 rather than escalating conflict. 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.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself (without escalating conflict). Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary.

 

  1. In the moment of need, the old saying goes that you will not rise to the occasion but fall to the level of your training. Usually, you’ll fall to the level of your WORST DAY in training. That means you want to train hard, train regularly, and make no excuses (to paraphrase one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock) so that your worst day is good enough for the fight you’re in. An appropriate amount of training may well have saved this man much trouble from escalating conflict. Had he had other skills and enough experiences in training to use them well, he might be free today.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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