Victim Keeps His Cool During an Armed Robbery

Victim Keeps His Cool During an Armed Robbery

In an armed robbery, a cool head is perhaps the best attribute a victim can possess to begin their Active Self Protection. This guy had it, if nothing else!

 

 

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News story on the armed robbery: https://get-asp.com/82z0

 

What does this video teach us about the realities of an armed robbery?

 

 

  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. Seeing the armed robbery when it was already wrapped around his neck was a bad idea!
  2. 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. Convenience stores are such common places for armed robbery that it’s almost impossible to overstate their vulnerability!
  3. 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. This victim should have perhaps tried to escape by whatever means possible from the armed robbery!

 

  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an armed robbery, 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.!

 

  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 in an armed robbery.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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St Cloud Mall Attacks Caught on Camera

St Cloud Mall Attacks Caught on Camera

These attacks at a mall in St Cloud, Minnesota got national attention; the cameras in the stores show us some important Active Self Protection lessons!

 

 

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The Wikipedia article on this attack has a TON of links to more information and gives a good synopsis of the timeline and players: https://get-asp.com/wjl5

 

What do these employees teach us about the realities of fighting off a knife attack?

 

  1. 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. You can tell from the difference in responses of the two employees that one of them acted definitively and the other didn’t; one was ready for anything, one was incredulous.
  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. Awareness that something was going on gave each employee some time to see the attack coming and do something to protect themselves.
  3. Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things, 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. This attack wasn’t stopped by good will; it only stopped when a courageous off-duty cop shot this attacker dead. (video forthcoming on that footage)

 

  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. The employee who closed the gate prevented himself and the others in his store from being attacked in the first place, and that was a great strategy!

 

  1. There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them. This attack was predatorial violence, plain and simple. The employees might not have WANTED to defend against that kind of attack, but there it was.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Gas Station Robber Beats His Victim Badly

Gas Station Robber Beats His Victim Badly

This robber gave several pre-attack cues, and videos like this are why we say our Active Self Protection must be on point at the gas station!

 

 

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News stories from local news on the robber and the gas station: https://get-asp.com/rr73 and https://get-asp.com/tj61

 

What does this victim teach us about the realities of fighting a robber?

 

  1. 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. This victim was just walking to his car, minding his own business…and the robber chose him for whatever reason.
  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. I don’t know that the victim could have prevented the attack, but the robber might have chosen not to attack him if he had shown signs of preparedness like being aware.
  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. All gas stations are transitional spaces, and we must be aware of the higher incident of problems there from robbers and other attackers.

 

  1. If your awareness is solid, you should get plenty of pre-attack cues from a robber or other attacker. If you’re paying attention to your surroundings and the people in your vicinity it becomes a lot easier to see who is out of place! Look for people lurking and not doing what everyone else is doing, or covering their face or head when that’s not necessary (like inside or when it’s warm out). Watch for furtive glances which are an indicator that they are looking for potential witnesses to their actions. Check hands as well to see if they have anything in them or are hiding unnaturally in pockets. If you see a pattern that makes you uncomfortable, move from condition yellow to condition orange and take action to investigate or move to safety. The robber here gave several pre-attack cues!

 

  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. Here the victim was totally overwhelmed by the robber’s ambush, which took him completely out of the fight.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this robber, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Employees Stop Knife-Wielding Lunatic

Employees Stop Knife-Wielding Lunatic

Stopping a knife-wielding lunatic is a team effort, and these employees did a pretty decent job of practicing Active Self Protection in stopping him!

 

 

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News story from local news on the employees, the lunatic, and how they had to respond when he came at them with his knife: https://get-asp.com/askk

 

Video of the owner, who was cut by the lunatic’s knife, explaining what happened: https://get-asp.com/iib3

 

What do these employees teach us about the realities of fighting a knife-wielding attacker?

 

  1. 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. None of these employees thought they would be in a fight for their lives that day, but the attacker didn’t ask them for their opinion!
  2. Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged. People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up! If you read the news story this lunatic had harassed the business earlier and was a known deranged person. That doesn’t make the threat to the employees any less!
  3. There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them. This deranged lunatic was all about predatorial violence with a knife, and these employees had two choices: get after him, or get cut.

 

  1. It’s important to be trained and ready to protect yourself against a knife attack as it is against an attack with a firearm. FBI homicide data says that about 4 times the number of people are killed with handguns as with knives, but since gunshots are about four times more fatal than knife wounds, it means the number of attacks are probably similar! (if you look at the FBI data, hands and feet kill a lot of people, too!) This leads us to the principle that we must be ready for knife attacks that begin at close distance, and have the empty-handed skills to defend ourselves.

 

  1. The “Five Ds Plus 1” 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) First, before the others, we need to control Distance. (it’s the plus 1…it stands by itself and is the gateway to the others working) Then 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. Close the Distance to the place where we can effectively use our empty-handed skills. 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.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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First-Ever Wisconsin CCW Defensive Gun Use Caught on Camera

First-Ever Wisconsin CCW Defensive Gun Use Caught on Camera

This video shows the first-ever defensive gun use by a CCW permit holder in Wisconsin. His gun fight shows us some significant Active Self Protection lessons!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this CCW gun fight? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

News story from local news on defensive gun use, with sentencing details on the criminal and details from the CCW holder: https://get-asp.com/l57o

 

Second news story with more on the CCW holder’s fight to get his gun back: https://get-asp.com/5680

 

What does this video teach us about the realities of using a gun in a deadly force encounter for CCW holders?

 

  1. 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. This man got his CCW permit and had his gun on him because he knew that he was his own first responder!
  2. 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 CCW holder decided that his gun and his skills were for more than him and his wife, and that’s his right to decide. Those who decide to take a safer route and only protect their own family have that right, too!
  3. We must each be ready to face the cost of defending ourselves or others, as well as the cost of not defending. If you defend yourself, especially with a firearm, you might well face significant costs financially, socially, spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. You must be ready for those costs! The same holds true of defending others, and you must decide if the costs are worth paying for your family. You can expect to hire an attorney, spend time in jail perhaps, face social pressure from the media or family or your church, etc. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t step in, but it does mean that you have to count the cost and accept it. Certainly, to defend your life or the life of a family member, any cost is bearable. But whether you’re willing to pay that cost for a stranger is a matter for personal reflection and consideration. This CCW holder went through a LOT to get his gun back, had court dates, had to hire his own attorney at his own cost, etc. Count the cost of using your gun so that you are ready for it!

 

  1. Successful self-defense against many attacks involves a counter-ambush, where the victim finds the right opportunity to seize the initiative from the attacker and launch an ambush of their own. That involves thinking and knowing your own strengths and skill set, and being ready to strike the attacker when your opportunity for counter-ambush comes. It also means not allowing the attacker to see that attack until it’s launched. This CCW holder used a counter-ambush effectively, though it wasn’t as effective as it could have been because his gun malfunctioned.

 

  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 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. Before your Kung Fu, and before your Gun Fu, you should consider whether your best defense is Run Fu! The bystanders here all stood around; only the CCW holder took action. If you don’t have a gun (and sometimes, even if you DO have a gun), get out of the danger zone!

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this armed robbery, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Police Raid Leads to Gun Fight

Police Raid Leads to Gun Fight

The job of a police officer is no joke; when dealing with a deranged man with a gun like this, it’s even harder. This has lots of lessons for CCW and LEO alike for our Active Self Protection!

 

 

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News story from local news on the police involved gun fight: https://get-asp.com/dl74

 

Update on the police officer who was shot: https://get-asp.com/tpkv

 

Analysis from Blue Lives Matter on the gun fight: https://get-asp.com/89rp

 

What does this badge cam video teach us about the realities of using a gun in a deadly force encounter, whether you’re police or CCW?

 

  1. Having a light mounted on your gun is not for everyone, but for those who can make it work it does give you another tool in the toolbox. I carry the TLR-1 HL on my every day carry gun and it works wonderfully. It does not replace a handheld light for general lighting needs, but for illuminating a known threat it is very helpful. The key, as always, is to train with it regularly and seriously. These police officers ALL needed white light on their gun to illuminate a threat, even in the daytime. That’s a great reason to always have a light on you!
  2. Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged. People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up! The police here were serving a warrant for a stolen gun, but the man clearly wanted to commit suicide by cop and that’s why he brought a gun to the door.
  3. Part of your training must be knowing when to use verbal commands, and when to abandon verbal commands and move to physical or deadly force. Many times self-defenders (and LEO) get caught in a loop of issuing the same command repeatedly to no effect. Using verbal commands is an important part of your force options training, and part of that training in verbal commands is knowing when to talk and when to stop talking and act. The officer in the badge cam here knew that they had to do something else to get the gun away from this man, and so he went for the TASER.
  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself with a gun or knife or what have you, 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: http://amzn.to/1Or4yVz ) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. Notice that every police officer had a first aid kit on his vest in this video!
  1. Your reaction speed will not be faster than .2-.25 seconds from stimulus, at the very fastest. Therefore, if you’re facing someone with a gun, recognize that even if their gun is at their side, they can raise and fire it before you can react to their action and shoot them! This is an important consideration for firearms carriers, and the principle is a simple one: action beats reaction. When facing an attacker, recognize that you will not be able to react in time to stop them from shooting you if they have a gun in their hand and choose to use it. The police officers were on their sights and triggers, and this guy got two shots out of his gun before they stopped him!

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Man Caught on Camera Pulling Gun on Two Cops

Man Caught on Camera Pulling Gun on Two Cops

If you pull a gun on two cops doing their job, you shouldn’t expect anything but what we see here. The officers practiced pretty good Active Self Protection in the moment!

 

 

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News story from local news on the man who pulled the gun and the cops who stopped him: https://get-asp.com/he4y

 

What does this dash cam video teach us about the realities of using a gun in a deadly force encounter?

 

  1. Having a light mounted on your gun is not for everyone, but for those who can make it work it does give you another tool in the toolbox. I carry the TLR-1 HL on my every day carry gun and it works wonderfully. It does not replace a handheld light for general lighting needs, but for illuminating a known threat it is very helpful. The key, as always, is to train with it regularly and seriously.
  2. Many times an attacker like this guy who pulled a gun will give pre-attack cues during the “warmup” phase of an attack that defenders can use to anticipate what is coming. One of the most common is looking around, either for witnesses or for escape routes. If you’re interviewing/being interviewed, and in your talk notice someone who exhibits other danger signs looking left and right away from you, consider that a significant clue that something is wrong and place yourself in the best possible place to avert or deal with the potential attack.
  3. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands! There was a big red flag for these cops that the man kept his arms up in a “ready” position, though it’s a subtle clue.

 

  1. Keep your gun 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 gun, 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. 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! I am very grateful that this man did not have his gun ready to fire, because it gave the cops time to get their guns in the fight! But learn the lesson in reverse from the perp here, and keep your gun ready to fire.

 

  1. In a gun fight, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw your gun and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gun fight 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.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Two Examples Shows Us the Dangers of Armed Robberies at Gas Stations

Two Examples Shows Us the Dangers of Armed Robberies at Gas Stations

Armed robberies at gas stations are VERY dangerous, so if you choose to defend yourself against armed robberies like this, be ready with your Active Self Protection!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like these armed robberies? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

What does this surveillance video teach us about defending ourselves against armed robberies at gas stations?

 

  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. Gas stations are perhaps one of the most common transitional spaces, and we see SO many armed robberies happen there that we must know the risks when we’re getting gas!
  2. Using your verbal judo to de-escalate and redirect a conflict is always the best choice if it is available, so make sure that your verbal game is strong. Knowing how to redirect, how to persuade, how to empathize, and how to talk someone down from a confrontation is critical to avoiding some fights. That said, we must also know that some people will not be dissuaded from a fight, so knowing when to talk and when to act is critical as well. Don’t use your words to try to belittle an armed robber, because armed robberies are inherently dangerous as it is!
  3. Don’t get into verbal battles with armed robbers, carjackers, or other attackers. As Greg Ellifritz points out, those verbal challenges are taken as personal attacks and lead to a MUCH higher chance of being hurt in armed robberies. Learn the lessons he gives in that article about how to provide a “face-saving exit” and not get shot by challenging their ego!

 

  1. Compliance does not at all guarantee your safety in armed robberies or other attacks. We know, for instance, that rape victims who fight back are no more likely to be harmed than if they don’t fight back, and they are less likely to be raped. (study here: https://get-asp.com/601c if you need proof on that) Compliance does not guarantee safety, as placing your safety in the hands of someone willing to commit a felony is a terrible idea. In the first clip compliance worked for a bit, until the armed robber decided to shoot him anyway.

 

  1. While we certainly recommend that people carry the best defensive tools they possibly can, there will be times when those tools are unavailable. In those instances, though, being aware of any environmental weapons of opportunity you might use to defend yourself is helpful! A glass bottle can become a very nasty slashing tool. A pen can be used as a makeshift kubotan. A wrench can become a workable fighting stick. Don’t discount environmental weapons if you don’t have access to purpose-built tools. A gas nozzle worked in the second of these armed robberies, though it wouldn’t be my first choice!

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Argument Escalates into Fight with Machetes

Argument Escalates Into Fight with Machetes

Machetes are no joke to defend yourself against; the best course is not to get into a fight with someone wielding one!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this fight with machetes? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the armed machetes being used is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

What does this surveillance video teach us about defending ourselves against attackers armed with machetes?

 

  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. You don’t get attacked with machetes much when you’re not around people openly carrying them and willing to hack people with them. I have a rule: unless we’re in a farm setting, if I see people carrying machetes around, I leave.
  2. 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. I think a MINIMUM of two Rules of Stupid were broken here. (2) was broken (you’re around angry people who have multiple machetes in plain view), and (4) was broken because the guy decided to escalate the conflict from verbal to physical.
  3. Using your verbal judo to de-escalate and redirect a conflict is always the best choice if it is available, so make sure that your verbal game is strong. Knowing how to redirect, how to persuade, how to empathize, and how to talk someone down from a confrontation is critical to avoiding some fights. That said, we must also know that some people will not be dissuaded from a fight, so knowing when to talk and when to act is critical as well. If the guy in white hadn’t escalated the conflict, there’s no telling if the machetes would ever have come into play!

 

  1. The first pillar of lawful, moral self-defense is “innocence.” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ) Innocence requires that we not be the instigator of the fight and that we not be the aggressor or the perpetrator. In some states when we attempt to leave or run we can re-establish innocence in self-defense, but states differ on that. Regardless, getting into a fight is a poor basis for a self-defense claim later, so always live in such a way that innocence isn’t a problem for you. Here the physical push doesn’t justify the use of machetes, but from a moral and legal standpoint he jeopardized his standing as a moral self-defender by escalating the conflict!

 

  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. I also think that if you are at peace with God you minimize your chance of escalating a conflict and being attacked with machetes, which adds to the points above.

 

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Off Duty Cop Sets Effective Counter-Ambush for Armed Robber

Off Duty Cop Sets Effective Counter-Ambush for Armed Robber

You must have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an armed robber; this off duty cop certainly had good Active Self Protection!

 

 

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What does this surveillance video teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robber?

 

  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 robber, 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.
  2. Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things, 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. Thankfully these off duty cops were there to stop the armed robber and his accomplice!
  3. One of the pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “reasonableness.” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ) In every defensive incident we ask whether the actions of the defender were reasonable from an objective standpoint. Would an objective, reasonable person do what you did in the moment? A good test of whether your actions are reasonable is whether you did them to stop the threat or to punish someone (Charles Humes calls it “The Punisher Test”: https://get-asp.com/nybt it’s a good comparison) It is completely reasonable against an armed robber to defend yourself with deadly force, because they represent a deadly threat. With multiple armed robbers, each one is an armed robber and can be dealt with accordingly, as long as they continue to work in active tandem.

 

  1. Feigning compliance can be an excellent strategy againt an armed robber to buy you time to find your opportunity to defend yourself. The hands-up, palms-out posture tells the armed robber that you’re compliant, and might give you the opportunity to defend yourself when they stop focusing on you.

 

  1. If you have spiritual fitness by knowing what you’re willing to fight for and that you’re willing and ready to win the fight no matter what, you place yourself way ahead of almost any armed robber. Attackers are looking for victims and not looking for fights, so many times when an intended victim puts up a significant fight they will disengage and find other prey. This makes sense even in the animal kingdom where we often see an apex predator disengage from feisty prey for fear of injury. Being ready to defend yourself is a key in self-defense because that defense will often cause the bad guy to run. This is part of why spiritual fitness is so important to self-defense.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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