Security Guard Has Gunfight With Armed Robber

Would you have drawn earlier against this armed robber? The guard did a pretty good job practicing Active Self Protection, and sometimes giving as good as you get is the best you can expect.

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 armed robber getting his comeuppance: https://get-asp.com/zb09 (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 against an armed robber?

 

  1. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight, especially against an armed robber. 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.

 

  1. 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! Likewise, even if an armed robber shoots you, you’re still in the fight. 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.

 

  1. In a gunfight against an armed robber, 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.

 

  1. Keep your firearm ready to fire. Some people carry their firearm with an empty chamber, but doing so is not recommended for several reasons. First, it assumes that you will have both hands available to you to draw your firearm, which isn’t necessarily the case. You might have a hand engaged or injured. Secondly, it assumes that you’ll have time to chamber a round in a gunfight, but gunfights are won and lost on tenths of seconds. This armed robber didn’t give the guard any time to chamber a round! Third, it assumes that you’ll have the dexterity to chamber a round under duress, though in the moment many times I have seen people fumble their chambering attempt. Keep your defensive firearm ready to fire, with a round in the chamber!.

 

  1. 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. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. This armed robber hurt the defender pretty badly, and that should be our expectation in a gunfight: to be hurt and need to triage and do emergency first aid to get to the hospital.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Kidnapping Caught On Camera

When the balloon goes up on a kidnapping like this, you MUST have your Active Self Protection covered! Do you pay special attention when in transitional spaces like your car as it parks?

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 kidnapping: https://get-asp.com/mcw9

 

How do I protect myself from kidnapping?

 

  1. I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. So many kidnapping incidents could be prevented by locked 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! Your order of operations should be get in the car, lock the doors, start the car, seatbelt on, drive off.

 

  1. Your car can be used as a very effective force multiplier in a kidnapping if you are willing to use it. 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. In this kidnapping it would have involved being willing to use the car as a battering ram, but that’s worth it to protect your loved ones.

 

  1. Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things like this kidnapping, and good people must be ready and willing to stand between them and innocent people and do enough violence to stop them definitively. No amount of negotiation will make truly evil people change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can.

 

  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack, including kidnapping. 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.

 

  1. Parents must consider their children in their defensive plan, and that includes kidnapping (of the child, but potentially of the parent as well). The younger the child, the more the parent(s) must consider how holding or dragging their child will affect their ability to protect both of them. Naturally, the more children you have the more you’ll be constrained in retreat or running, and the more you’ll have to “stick your foot in the ground” and defend yourself without retreat.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Store Owner Loses Fight For His Life to Armed Robber

It hurts my heart to see an armed robber murder a man like this. Please, friends, if you learn nothing more from Active Self Protection than awareness of your need to be prepared to protect yourself, I will consider my work to be worth it.

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 armed robber with scant details: https://get-asp.com/7ns0 (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 against an armed robber?

 

  1. Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. This store owner didn’t wake up expecting to be murdered by an armed robber! 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. We must each decide what is worth protecting, and this attack brings that to mind as well. 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 armed robber. This store owner’s life was at risk from the armed robber, so he could legitimately be defending his life here. But realize that you’re taking a risk when defending yourself.

 

  1. 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 store owner did a good job here of waiting for his chance with the armed robber, even though it didn’t work out for him in the end.

 

  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. And as here against this armed robber, you might need those skills to get to your other tools!

 

  1. As one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, is fond of saying, the ground must be your friend and not your enemy against an armed robber. 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!

 

  1. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed robber 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.

 

  1. Many an armed robber uses their support or guard side arm as a leveraging tool, holding their opponent with it either to guard their strong hand (with a force multiplier in it, often) or to put their intended victim at the preferred distance for their dominant hand to strike with maximum effect. 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.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

This is why you want to stop a knife attack quickly

I feel like this knife attack goes on forever! At Active Self Protection we train and advocate to stop the threat as quickly as possible, and the reason is apparent here.

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 armed robbers with some details: https://get-asp.com/gp76 (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 against a knife attack?

 

  1. Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. 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 take extra precaution and train! This knife attack shows how bad guys don’t care if you’re not up to facing them!

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting, and this knife attack brings that to mind as well. 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. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. This knife attack is very typical in that! 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.

 

  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. And as here against this knife attack, you might need those skills to get to your other tools!

 

  1. This knife attack shows the importance of knowing the range of your force multiplier and the range of various force multipliers that might be used against you. Knives are short-range, fast moving force multipliers. Firearms are extremely long-range, fast moving force multipliers. The bat that the victim used here is a medium-range, slow-moving force multiplier that requires significant space.

 

  1. 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.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

Bystander Murdered by Three Armed Robbers

How would you have responded to these armed robbers? This one is hard to watch because of the consequences for the bystander and the guard as well, but they’re important lessons for our Active Self Protection.

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 armed robbers with some details: https://get-asp.com/joe4

 

UPDATE: Second video of the armed robbers with more details on the incident that add significant lessons: https://get-asp.com/p40l (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 against armed robbers?

 

  1. Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might likely face in an armed robbery or mugging, 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) In this case, if you read the news story, that’s 15 rounds necessary for the 3 armed robbers. The guy in the green shirt realized that the guard was out of ammo and ran off. Carry the highest capacity firearm you can comfortably and legally carry, and carry a reload for it.

 

  1. Situational awareness is your best friend against armed robbers. 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. Notice that the guard saw the danger coming in a split second and that gave him the time to get in position and put shots on target. 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. Use your ears as well as your eyes!

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. These armed robbers certainly did! 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.

 

  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. And as here against these armed robbers, you might still have to fight off an attacker with your gun out too!

 

  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. The woman who was shot by these armed robbers actually lived, and that’s wonderful!

 

  1. Speaking of the bystander, 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. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.

 

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

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

Store Owner Foils Armed Robbery Attempt, Shoots Robbers

How would you have responded to this armed robbery? I wish every attempted armed robbery went this well! I think the store owner practiced pretty good Active Self Protection and it looks like no innocents were hurt, either.

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 armed robbery with some details: https://get-asp.com/bbd7

 

How do I protect myself against an armed robbery?

 

  1. Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might likely face in an armed robbery or mugging, 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) In this case, if you read the news story, that’s 20 rounds necessary for the 4 armed robbers. Thankfully he drove them off; I think he took 8 shots total, and thankfully most of his attackers just ran off. Carry the highest capacity firearm you can comfortably and legally carry, and carry a reload for it.

 

  1. Situational awareness is your best friend against an armed robbery. 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. Notice that the store owner saw the danger coming and that gave him the time to get in position and put shots on target. 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. Use your ears as well as your eyes!

 

  1. In an armed robbery, 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 a knife attack 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. In any deadly force encounter, armed robbery or what have you, 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. This knife attack, even though almost stationary, still shows the victims moving and shooting, which is a good reminder.

 

  1. The rules of firearm safety apply whether you’re training or fighting for your life in an armed robbery. One of the most difficult to follow in a real life gunfight is Colonel Cooper’s Rule #4: be sure of your target and what lies beyond it. It is exceedingly difficult to do, but self-defenders must stay aware of what is behind their threat so that they take minimal risks to innocents when defending themselves. Thankfully none of the bystanders appear to have been hurt, but they were definitely in the line of fire and in danger. Make sure you’re putting shots on target and not into bystanders!

 

  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!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

Two Armed Men Stop Knife Attack Cold

I found the news story after narrating; it’s below, and this was indeed a knife attack. This is EXACTLY how I would like every knife attack to go, so make sure your Active Self Protection includes proper tools if possible!

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 knife attack: https://get-asp.com/0vkd

More information on the incident: https://get-asp.com/3ttq

 

How do I protect myself against a knife attack??

 

  1. Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk or in the car or in a bag, 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. These men had only a split second before the knife attack turned bloody for them, but because they had their firearm on their person and ready to go they were able to stop the attack.

 

  1. Our goal as self-defenders is to stop the threat, and when this knife attack was no longer a threat the officers stopped shooting. 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)

 

  1. Situational awareness is your best friend against a knife attack or any other attack. 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. Use your ears as well as your eyes!

 

  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 a knife attack 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. In a deadly force encounter, 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. This knife attack, even though almost stationary, still shows the victims moving and shooting, which is a good reminder.

 

  1. It is very easy in a deadly force encounter to get tunnel vision and forget that there might be additional threats nearby. That can be a deadly mistake to make! Make sure to break that focus on the immediate threat once it’s been sufficiently stopped and scan and assess for any trailing accomplices or additional threats that might be coming your way.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

Two Videos Show the Speed of Deadly Force Encounters

Do you ever train at realistic speed for deadly force encounters? Like with a realistic training partner trying to make your life miserable? Incidents like these show us why practicing Active Self Protection means being ready to defend yourself in a split second!

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 first of the two deadly force encounters: https://get-asp.com/e1t1

More information on that incident: https://get-asp.com/hlmt (WARNING: this site is very, very NSFW and filled with adult content…strongest warning possible…I get videos and info from it when I can’t find it anywhere else but do NOT endorse anything about it)

 

Original video of the second of the two deadly force encounters: https://get-asp.com/7bk2

 

What do these videos teach us about the reality of deadly force encounters?

 

  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 can’t start deadly force encounters. 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. Prepare accordingly.

 

  1. If you know there might be danger around, you cannot stand there flat-footed with your hands at your side. That’s a great way to die. Instead, if you think danger might be coming but not imminent, get your hands up protecting your head, neck, and chest. I do this by tucking one hand under the other elbow, and the free hand on my chin as if I were in deep contemplation. Others do it using the “interview position” with both hands as if they’re holding a pad and pen, as the first deadly force encounter shows. Getting your hands up shaves split seconds off of your reaction time, but that might make the difference between life and death if you can prepare. It saved the first guy!

 

  1. The concept of a reactionary gap is important to consider as self-defenders when training for deadly force encounters. This is normally taught as something like the “21-foot rule,” though that’s a principle and not a rule. As a self-defender if you’re in a situation where an attack is a possibility, leaving yourself some distance to allow for additional time to respond to an attack from ambush is very smart. Even 2 or 3 feet of additional space allows the reactionary gap to successfully defend the ambush and get into the fight.

 

  1. Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders in deadly force encounters. 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.

 

  1. In deadly force encounters, 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.

 

  1. The rules of firearm safety apply even in deadly force encounters. One of the most difficult to follow in a real life gunfight is Colonel Cooper’s Rule #4: be sure of your target and what lies beyond it. It is exceedingly difficult to do, but self-defenders must stay aware of what is behind their threat so that they take minimal risks to innocents when defending themselves.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

Muggers Beat and Rob Woman in Elevator

How would practicing Active Self Protection have helped this woman? Certainly, she is not to blame for them attacking her. But how could she have prevented this attack or defended herself against it?

UPDATE: This video is from Kuala Lumpur; news story here: https://get-asp.com/itu1

 

Original video of the muggers: https://get-asp.com/rt0k

 

How do I protect myself against muggers?

 

  1. If you can win “the fight before the fight,” you win. That means you minimize your risk for selection by muggers as a potential victim 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. Here the woman took a risk by not acknowledging the men in the elevator, perhaps to avoid being hit on or harassed, but which gave them signals that they could victimize her. Train and practice victim avoidance so that you’re less likely to be chosen.

 

  1. Since muggers are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. 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, muggers pick victims who they think will not effectively resist them, or that the muggers 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.

 

  1. Your mobile phone is a useful tool but a dangerous one, especially when we’re talking about muggers. It can be used to communicate, to get emergency help to you, and to avoid problems altogether in numerous ways. It can also be a very dangerous distraction, because it is designed purposefully to grasp our undivided attention and hold it. When in public, use your mobile sparingly and correctly. Don’t allow it to hold your attention for more than 20-30 seconds at a time, and hold it high so that your head is up and you can see past it to what is going on around you. Don’t use it to hide behind!

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. These muggers certainly used their advantage! 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 woman never had a chance to survive the ambush because the attack came from obscurity (and a purposeful obscurity on her part, it seems) and was devastating.

 

  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 (muggers or anyone else). 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!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

Female Tourist Defends Herself Against Muggers in Italy

She gave these muggers more than they could handle! That said, they didn’t look particularly motivated to me. Still, I think she practiced decent Active Self Protection.

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I can’t find the original video of the muggers getting nothing for their efforts; I know it’s from Polizia Di Stato (Italian State Police) and Blog Sicilia, but can’t find the original of this one. If you can find it (I don’t speak Italian so my Google Fu in Italian is nonexistent), please send it to me!

 

What do we learn here about fighting off muggers?

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone where there are muggers 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. Every second you give muggers 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. Regular people really battle Normalcy Bias. Normalcy Bias is a mental state that causes people not to react to disaster, or to underestimate the ability of that disaster to affect them personally. In defensive encounters, Normalcy Bias makes people stand around in the danger zone and not take defensive action like the woman who stands there and watches her friend get beat up by muggers. Don’t let Normalcy Bias happen to you.

 

  1. You must be able to fight and defend yourself from all different stages of action when confronted by muggers or other attackers. 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.

 

  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 ) In this video there is no telling if the woman had any force multipliers in her purse, but even if she did the work of the muggers would have made sure she couldn’t access it! If at all possible, carry on body rather than in a purse.

 

  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! Muggers like to work together to overwhelm their intended victim, so working against multiple attackers in training is wise so that we’re ready for them in real life.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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