This bystander is Chuck Norris approved! Might not be the smartest approach, but his attitude against this armed robber is certainly commendable, and hey, it worked right?
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What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robber?
- You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown.
- Every person gets to decide who they are willing to protect. For some, their “flock” is only themselves and their immediate family. That’s an acceptable answer. For others, they are willing to protect their friends, coworkers, and extended family. For a few, it might mean being willing to protect anyone who is weak, powerless, and in need. Each of us must decide the size of our flock and have that decision firmly in mind when it is time to act. This bystander didn’t have to disarm the armed robber; he could easily have just walked away.
- The first and most foundational part of Active Self Protection’s defensive strategy of “Attitude, Skills, Plan” is Attitude. You must cultivate the attitude that you are responsible for your own self-protection and you are the primary agent in your own rescue. You and only you can choose to cultivate an attitude that no one has the right to harm you or your loved ones and you have a right and a responsibility to stop anyone who threatens to harm you and yours. The bystander certainly had the right attitude!
- Against multiple attackers every self-defender must know and train and practice that it’s death to focus on one too much. When every attacker is an equal threat, we practice the “Boarding House Rules” that everyone gets firsts before anyone gets seconds. If possible, stack the attackers one behind the other rather than getting between them, because if you get between them then one will have your back. It’s better if possible to work to the outside of the group and keep one between you and the others. When they’re not equal threats (like a gun man/grab man combination), the key is to be able to address the bigger threat until it’s no longer the bigger threat and then transition to whatever the biggest threat is.
- We tend (rightly) to focus on purpose-built force multipliers like firearms, knives, batons, etc. as self-defenders, but sometimes those aren’t available. While we always have our natural weapons (our body parts and empty-handed skills), we shouldn’t neglect environmental weapons that we might find at hand as well! Environmental weapons are force multipliers that aren’t necessarily designed to be used as defensive tools, but can be if necessary. For instance, a chair can become a barricade. A fruit knife can be used for personal protection. A flashlight can be used as a baton. Environmental weapons may not be as much force multiplication as purpose-built force multipliers, but in a pinch they might be all you have!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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