This guard handled his business against these armed robbers for sure! Do you think it was wise for him to go for his own firearm, though?
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What does this video teach us about protecting ourselves against armed robbers?
- The concept of a reactionary gap is important to consider as self-defenders. 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.
- One of the most significant benefits of training ourselves to the point of unconscious competence is the ability to think under pressure. (the path to unconscious competence is different than most have been taught, as this article shows) If your skills are significant enough that you don’t need to think about the physical manipulations, such as drawing your firearm or countering a takedown attempt, your brain can stay engaged in problem-solving mode to allow you to make good decisions in the blink of an eye. (this is a concept that one of my most significant martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, introduced me to)
- Real life self-defense encounters are chaotic and there is seldom ability to focus solely on one threat. When there are multiple attackers (or potential attackers) present especially, focusing too much on one threat could be a deadly mistake. We must maintain awareness in a fight for our life not only of the immediate threat but threats all around us, and that takes great training not to get tunnel vision.
- The root word of gunfight is “fight,” not “gun.” Whether you carry a firearm or not, recognize that you need to know how to fight and protect yourself against an attacker! Even if you do carry a firearm, you need empty-handed skills to be able to fight your way to your gun or defend yourself before you get the opportunity to draw. To think otherwise is madness.
- Many attackers use 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.
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