I think that this bus driver did a pretty phenomenal job of staying in the fight as long as it took! (the original video is almost 13 minutes long) Do you have the Active Self Protection as well as the gas in the tank to win a fight like this?
Original video of the fight: https://get-asp.com/vphv
What does this video teach us about winning a fight against a knife-wielding attacker?
- Fights are physically demanding. Sure, a pure gunfight might last 10 seconds and not place a huge burden on you physically, but the vast majority of encounters we see here at ASP involve physical self-defense as well. Getting into a honest-to-goodness fight with someone is incredibly physically demanding, so being physically fit is an important part of maximizing your chances to protect yourself. Fit people are harder to beat and harder to kill! The bus driver here was a large guy, but notice that he had the stamina to stay in the fight and didn’t fade as the fight continued. That’s what you need…your “shape” isn’t as important as your condition, if you get my drift. (anyone want to fight Roy Nelson?)
- You must be able to fight and defend yourself from all different stages of action. One of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, likes to say that we must be able to fight wherever the fight happens to be! So whether we are at contact stage (just able to come in physical contact with our attacker), penetration stage (where attacks can contact and penetrate significantly), or manipulation stage (a clinch or similar where joint and body manipulations are possible), we must be able to use effective technique to protect ourselves. This entire fight was at the manipulation stage, and having clinch fighting and grappling and wrestling and jiu jitsu skills are important in this kind of fight.
- To defend against this kind of attack, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way. This bus driver showed great emotional fitness in staying in the fight and not getting shanked!
- 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. Even if the bus driver had a gun, he didn’t have time or distance to draw it in this fight. You must win the fight you’re in, not just the fight you WANT to be in.
- The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of people around here, but no one stepped in. You cannot count on anyone breaking the Bystander Effect to help you, especially if the attacker is armed and any help would be at a force deficit from it. You can’t count on getting help from anyone in the periphery of your encounter, and if help comes you should see it as an addition not as a necessity. You must protect yourself.
- 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 danger when it comes 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. This bus driver had to fight a man with a knife for 12 minutes before officers arrived. That’s a LONG time.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.