Effective Carjacking Defense Caught on Camera

UPDATE: One shell casing was found at the scene of this carjacking, which hit the driver’s mirror. https://get-asp.com/nail

 

In some places in the world, carjacking is one of the chief dangers most people regularly face. Even in parts of the US, carjacking is incredibly common! (Detroit, for instance, has 2 a day) Knowing effective carjacking defense is a useful skill for self-defenders to have, and this video shows a good path.

 

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News stories on this effective carjacking defense: https://get-asp.com/udgr and some more info at https://get-asp.com/nail

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a carjacking?

 

  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. The stupid teens used the cover of the door and the transitional space to launch their robbery from obscurity, which made the clerk react quickly and before he could process the information. Cars become transitional spaces when they’re stopped. If you’re in a stopped vehicle, you’re in a transitional space.
  2. Perhaps the biggest benefit of situational awareness is that it buys you time and space to respond to a threat, and time and space buy you options when considering how to protect yourself and your loved ones from a threat. Time and space give you the chance to escape and evade, or time and space to get your force multiplier in the fight, and time and space to better your defensive position and give you a better chance to be victorious.

 

  1. One of the best ways to protect yourself while you’re in the car is to simply drive off. The car can get away quickly if you are ready, taking you out of danger. So be ready to drive off if you need to! Keep the car in drive until you’re ready to get out. Keep the engine running. If you’re aware of your surroundings you can escape a lot of problems.

 

  1. If you’re in the car, it’s worth considering the usefulness of the car lies in its speed. If you sit in it while it’s not running, you cannot use it to escape potential danger such as a carjacking. If you’re going to sit in the car, leave the car running, with an avenue to move (preferably forward), and preferably with the car still in drive if possible. At the very least, leave the car running. The car should be running the entire time you’re in it! When you get in, the order should be get in, lock the doors, start the engine, seat belt, drive off. When you park, the order is stop the car, gear in park, seatbelt off, stop the engine, IMMEDIATELY exit the vehicle and lock it.

 

  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! Most attackers can’t shoot well, and if you get more than 10-15 yards from them can’t hit you when you’re moving. So get that distance to protect yourself from carjacking!

 

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Clerk Faces Charges for Shooting Teen Robber

If you go read the news stories, this clerk said he was in fear for his life when he shot this teen robber. But fear must be reasonable and have objective evidence to back it up, and this video provides a lot of lessons on moral and legal self-defense for firearms carriers!

 

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News stories on this robber, the clerk, and the incident the charges stem from abound. https://get-asp.com/fdc8 and https://get-asp.com/qnt9 and https://get-asp.com/juip give the details.  https://get-asp.com/ohxx is an interview with the teen robber’s dad, which is sad but at least the father recognizes the son’s bad decisions that led him there.

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a robber?

 

  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. The stupid teens used the cover of the door and the transitional space to launch their robbery from obscurity, which made the clerk react quickly and before he could process the information.
  2. One of the five pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “proportionality,” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ). Proportionality requires that the response is proportional to the threat, and escalating conflict is not allowed legally or morally. When we fail the test of proportionality by escalating conflict, we lose our innocence in the eyes of the law and put ourselves at risk of spending significant time in prison. Proportionality is also why I carry a pepper spray, because non-lethal threats require non-lethal responses. (I carry this one: http://amzn.to/1kxJ3v8 ) To use deadly force there must be objective evidence of a deadly threat, and in this incident, the clerk can’t objectively say that the teen has the ability to do him deadly harm without a force multiplier on him. Therefore he fails the test of proportionality.

 

  1. One of the pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “reasonableness.” 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) The reasonableness standard can feel vague, but think of it this way: would a sane, sober, good, moral person do what you did in the moment? Would Ned Flanders from “The Simpsons” do what you did? Would a reasonable person, in the situation you were in and knowing what you know, do what you did in the moment? The challenge here is that the clerk is charged because the DA believes he acted unreasonably, and now it’ll be up to the jury to decide if they agree. However, from an objective standard, shooting an unarmed person stealing a bong from your smoke shop is not reasonable.

 

  1. One of the most significant paradigms of using deadly force is called the may-should-must paradigm. “May” asks whether your force is lawful (and, if LEO, within policy). “Should” asks whether the rewards outweigh the risks of not acting or of unintended consequences. “Must” asks whether this is the only course of action that can affect the necessary outcome. Knowing how to apply this paradigm in deadly force encounters, in the moment, is an important responsibility for self-defenders! Here, none of them are met, but CERTAINLY the “must” isn’t met and therefore you have to restrain yourself.

 

  1. Please consider the cost of using your firearm to defend your property. Sure, you might be out an insurance deductible on your car (say, $500 or $1000) if someone steals it with no one inside, but if you shoot someone who doesn’t present an objective deadly threat to you and yours, it can cost you FAR more. Decent criminal defense attorneys charge $400 an hour for their services; the ones I trust charge $600 or more and require 10 hours of fees up front as a retainer. Pre-trial work can cost $10-20,000 in dealing with the prosecutor and the media. If the case actually goes to trial, it can cost $100,000 or more to work through. That’s not worth doing for property that can be replaced. So be smart about using your firearm in self-defense. (and consider getting some kind of legal protection for use of force…I compare them at get-asp.com/protcomp so check that out) This clerk may well do years in prison.

 

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ATM Mugging Turns Ugly in a Hurry (Not for the Faint of Heart)

ATM muggings are common in China like they are everywhere. This one went ugly in a hurry, and from it self-defenders can draw some lessons. This one is not for the faint of heart, friends.

 

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News stories on this mugging and its outcomes (not good ones, either): https://get-asp.com/bk1y and

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an ATM mugging?

 

  1. 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. There was no talking this guy down. None. The end of this attack was stopping him or running away, and the leveraging arm made that very difficult.
  2. 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. There’s a well-worn joke that ATM stands for “Accessory to Mugging,” and it’s not far from the truth. The ATM is of course a likely place to be attacked because it is a transitional space. Thieves and armed robbers can easily ambush you if your attention is engrossed in the machine, and they are built to allow for easy access and escape. When you’re at the ATM, be sure to be extra aware of what is going on around you. I even suggest standing with your back to the machine, or at least with your shoulders perpendicular to it so that you can constantly see what is happening around you!

 

  1. A knife attacks does not happen like you’ve seen in Hollywood. They are brutal, fast, and mean. Stabbing attacks do not generally come from slashes or from any notice whatsoever, but tend to come from concealment and repeatedly stab at a rate of 2-3 stabs per second.

 

  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.

 

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Robber Targets Guard for His Pistol

There are lots of lessons to learn from this video, both from the guard’s perspective as well as the actions of the robber. You must know your risk factors for being the target of a robber!

 

UPDATE: the robber was sentenced to 30 years for this crime (apparently the criminal justice system works fast in Panama): https://get-asp.com/b60b (Google translate required)

 

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News story on this guard and the robber: https://get-asp.com/ywpt

 

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

 

  1. 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 guard couldn’t talk his way out of this murder.
  2. The “master key” to situational awareness, as taught to me by my teacher Lawrence Robinson and his teacher Skip Hancock, is simple curiosity. You don’t have to be paranoid! Instead, simply be curious of your world like a small child is curious of their world. Look around you and really SEE. Look for what makes sense in your surroundings, but most importantly look for what’s out of place and doesn’t belong. I like to think back to the Sesame Street song “Three of These Things” and remember to look for the thing that doesn’t belong. As self-defenders, you’re looking for someone who doesn’t belong in their environment. A person standing still while everyone else moves. A person in a hoodie with the hood up when everyone else is in shorts and flip flops on a hot day. A person loitering where people come and go quickly. If you are curious and looking for what doesn’t belong, you’re 99% of the way there to being aware of your surroundings!

 

  1. Attackers often stalk their intended victims for some time, silently “interviewing” them to see if they are an easy target. (there’s a great article in Psychology Today about the psychology of victim selection…read it!) Criminals absolutely look for opportune people and opportune times to ambush easy prey, so the solution to that is not to look like prey! The common adage is true, “If you don’t want to be eaten, don’t look like food.”

 

  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.

 

  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.

 

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

 

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Traffic Stop Shows Importance of Keeping a Tourniquet Handy

A traffic stop can go sideways in a hurry like this one did, and having a lifesaving tool like a tourniquet handy can be as important as having your firearm on your person!

 

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News story on this officer involved shooting and tourniquet use: https://get-asp.com/zbue

 

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

 

  1. 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.
  2. It’s dark for half the day, and bad guys of all kinds love to launch ambushes from the dark. That means, as a self-defender, that part of having good situational awareness involves keeping a flashlight on your person. That flashlight doesn’t have to be crazy tacticool and shouldn’t be firearm-mounted, because its purpose is to help you see at night to give you better awareness of any potential threats far before they can hurt you. A VERY compact option that runs on AAs is this Streamlight: http://amzn.to/1U9S39H and I carry this 1000 lumen Fenix: http://amzn.to/1S73jjb which is rechargeable and has multiple modes of brightness. A middle ground that I have used very effectively is this Olight: http://amzn.to/29htS3q. I highly recommend a flashlight for everyone, simply as an awareness tool at night. Notice that the flashlight gave the officer a lot of information that even his headlights couldn’t.

 

  1. Even if you’re injured, you must stay in the fight and not stop as long as you have consciousness. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of injury and still function, so never stop fighting just because you’re injured! Even if you’re shot or stabbed, you have a 67-95% chance of surviving! (https://get-asp.com/ew3l and https://get-asp.com/p0hn give the details) So practice emotional fitness by knowing that even if the bad guy gets the jump and you’re injured, you’re still in the fight and still likely to survive if you take definitive action to protect yourself. As they say, the best cover is fire superiority and the best first aid is to end the threat!

 

  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: 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.

 

  1. Having a good tourniquet as part of your trauma medical kit is simple and necessary. NAEMT has a great PowerPoint on their need and use. (and another great resource here) There is a lot of misinformation and old information on tourniquets in the defensive world, but modern tourniquet technique says they can be applied for two hours without causing loss of limb. As for which one to carry, I strongly recommend either the Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) or the SOFT-T Wide. The best way I have found to carry it compactly is in a PHLster Flat Pack carrier. Keeping a tourniquet on your person and knowing how to apply it could save your life or the life of someone you love, so don’t forget it!

 

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Armed Employee Tries to Find the Right Time to Counter-Ambush

This employee knew that she couldn’t get the gun our right away, and finding the right time to counter-ambush is the key to successfully pulling it off. I think she did it right. How about you?

 

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News story on this armed robbery: https://get-asp.com/elbt

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against 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.
  2. Perhaps the biggest benefit of situational awareness is that it buys you time and space to respond to a threat, and time and space buy you options when considering how to protect yourself and your loved ones from a threat. Time and space give you the chance to escape and evade, or time and space to get your force multiplier in the fight, and time and space to better your defensive position and give you a better chance to be victorious.

 

  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.

 

  1. If the attacker has a gun drawn on you, there is nothing you’re going to do in that moment to get your gun into the fight. It’s just not going to happen, and this video shows that tragically well. You cannot draw from the drop! When someone has the drop on you, with a gun out and attention on you, it’s suicide to go for your gun. You have to earn your draw against the drop, and you earn that draw by either waiting for a moment of distraction for the armed robber (like if he looks away to check for people coming) or by closing the gap and using empty-handed skills to take his opportunity to use his gun away. If you don’t do either of those, you will likely be shot before your gun is in the fight.

 

  1. It’s a morally acceptable choice in an armed robbery to simply give the armed robber what they want. Only you can decide in the moment if the attacker is using their force multiplier as an intimidation tool or if they really intend to do you harm, and giving up your phone or wallet to escape the danger zone can be an acceptable choice. Either way, you must count the potential cost of your life vs. your possessions and take the best action that protects your life, which is infinitely more valuable than your things.

 

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Hotel Clerk Thinks Fast to Protect Himself from Robbery

This clerk stayed cool and thought fast to protect himself! How would you have handled this robbery?

 

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News stories on this robbery, the clerk, and the suspect: https://get-asp.com/7pzb and https://get-asp.com/8r02 for his arrest

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a robbery?

 

  1. 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. The hotel clerk here stopped the robbery simply by getting out of range of the tool, and that was a wise and simple solution! It might not have been the gunfight that some folks wanted to see, but it worked and that is what matters.

 

  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 the moment 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. An under-utilized aspect of understanding dimensional stages of action is using hard barriers to stay out of contact of the potential harm that an attacker wants to do to us. That could mean keeping the counter between us and a knife-wielding armed robber, or keeping a car between us and a mugger in a parking lot. Closing a door to a safe room in our home would be similar. Don’t underestimate the value in simply keeping a hard barrier between you and the threat so that the threat is out of contact, which gives you time to consider other defensive strategies!

 

  1. In MANY armed robberies, a counter is between the armed robber and the intended victims. That counter is a double-edged sword, because it can keep a knife-wielding attacker out of contact, but keeps a firearm-wielding attacker safe from your contact unless they put it over the counter. Even then, your empty-handed skills will be sorely tested by a situation when you can’t close the distance because of the counter top. The answer if you work in one of those environments is to train over the counter so that you know what your options and possibilities are.

 

  1. Remember, at the end of a defensive encounter your goal is to get to safety and end the threat against you and your loved ones. Pursuing a fleeing bad guy for whatever reason is unwise because they very well may counter-ambush you or hurt you to make their escape. Once the threat ends, let the threat go and take action to make yourself safer.

 

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A Stark Reminder Why Off Body Carry is Not Recommended

Off body carry is better than not carrying at all, but this ambush is a stark reminder of why it is not recommended by any trainer that I know of. Learn the limitations!

 

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News stories on this assassination and reminder about off body carry: https://get-asp.com/fny4 and https://get-asp.com/mp89

 

More on his political life and the extremist who killed him, who was also killed in the exchange of gunfire with the bodyguard: https://get-asp.com/kb78

 

Wikipedia page on the victim: https://get-asp.com/iabt

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an ambush?

 

  1. 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. The victim, Denis Voronenkov, knew he had death threats against his life. No amount of wishful thinking would stop them.

 

  1. The “master key” to situational awareness, as taught to me by my teacher Lawrence Robinson and his teacher Skip Hancock, is simple curiosity. You don’t have to be paranoid! Instead, simply be curious of your world like a small child is curious of their world. Look around you and really SEE. Look for what makes sense in your surroundings, but most importantly look for what’s out of place and doesn’t belong. I like to think back to the Sesame Street song “Three of These Things” and remember to look for the thing that doesn’t belong. As self-defenders, you’re looking for someone who doesn’t belong in their environment. A person standing still while everyone else moves. A person in a hoodie with the hood up when everyone else is in shorts and flip flops on a hot day. A person loitering where people come and go quickly. If you are curious and looking for what doesn’t belong, you’re 99% of the way there to being aware of your surroundings! Perhaps the greatest thing in this incident that I see is that neither Voronenkov nor his bodyguard were curious of their surroundings. That guy was right on top of them before they knew of his existence.

 

  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. The sidewalk was the transitional space that allowed the assassin to sneak up on Voronenkov and his bodyguard and ambush them.

 

  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 )

 

  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.

 

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

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Attack Caught on Camera Teaches Principles of Knife Defense

Defending against someone who wants to hurt you with a knife is no small feat, and this video shows that well. However, if we know the principles of knife defense we give ourselves some hope!

 

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News stories on this attack caught on camera (Google Translate from Chinese required): https://get-asp.com/ht6e

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a knife attack?

 

  1. An under-utilized aspect of understanding dimensional stages of action is using hard barriers to stay out of contact of the potential harm that an attacker wants to do to us. That could mean keeping the counter between us and a knife-wielding armed robber, or keeping a car between us and a mugger in a parking lot. Closing a door to a safe room in our home would be similar. Don’t underestimate the value in simply keeping a hard barrier between you and the threat so that the threat is out of contact, which gives you time to consider other defensive strategies!

 

  1. It’s actually quite rare to see someone with two knives in a knife attack. Almost always they use one knife with a leveraging arm, but this attacker was clearly deranged and drunk and so he used two. Just goes to show that real life is unpredictable!

 

  1. A knife attacks does not happen like you’ve seen in Hollywood. They are brutal, fast, and mean. Stabbing attacks do not generally come from slashes or from any notice whatsoever, but tend to come from concealment and repeatedly stab at a rate of 2-3 stabs per second.

 

  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. You must know 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.

 

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Conflict Escalates from Verbal to Physical to Potentially Deadly

There are ample reasons that we tell you not to let conflicts escalate, but to purposefully de-escalate. This one went from verbal to physical to potentially deadly in a hurry!

 

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News stories on this conflict going from verbal to physical: https://get-asp.com/1zo3 and https://get-asp.com/mv3r and https://get-asp.com/s55x

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an escalating conflict and assault?

 

  1. 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! A drunk can escalate a conflict SO fast, and even people who aren’t dangerous when sober can become dangerous in a hurry when they’re impaired.

 

  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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  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.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, 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)

 

 

 

Copyright Disclaimer. Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.