Armed Robbers Stopped By Armed Victims

When I posted this one on Saturday, I missed an important detail about who the armed robbers actually were that changed the whole story. But the Active Self Protection community caught it and called me out on it, so I redid it. Thanks for being awesome and for keeping an eye out for me when I make a mistake. Does this video convince you to keep your tools on you all the time?

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How do I protect myself from armed robbers?

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. These intended victims saw the armed robbers coming from a ways away, and that allowed them to prepare. That made all the difference!

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. Walking down the street is definitely a transitional space according to the definition because of the ability to sneak up and ambush potential victims. Be more aware when you’re walking in public!

3. 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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself.

4. Keep your force multiplier on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, 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 their knives on their person so that when the armed robbers launched their attack, they were ready.

5. 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. These partners each dealt with a threat, even without much communication verbally. They knew instinctively that they had two armed robbers so they each went for one. Great teamwork!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of

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