Have you had to fight through pain or injury before in protecting yourself? These armed robbers got the ambush for sure, but practicing Active Self Protection gives you the attitude, skills, and plan to stay in the fight and protect yourself from further injury.
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How do I protect myself from armed robbers?
- Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of armed robbers. 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. Restaurants are transitional spaces because of the obscurity of entering and leaving and the number of people coming and going. If you’re in a transitional space you need to know that your likelihood of being attacked is higher!
- In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. Armed robbers 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. Keep that mantra front and center: “Survive the ambush!”
- 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 armed robbers when they come 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.
- 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 (such as armed robbers) 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.
- 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!
- 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. If you get hit in training enough, and have to fight through it to continue to protect yourself, then when armed robbers whack you you’ll have a frame of reference to continue to think and act.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.