Video Shows That the Danger You Face Might Not Be Directed at You

Just because you live a life of awareness and readiness does not mean that danger might not come your way! This video really gives us a reminder of protecting ourselves as a bystander.

 

 

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News story from GMA in the Philippines: https://get-asp.com/9vo5 (it’s in Tagalog, so if you don’t speak it, you won’t get too much)

 

What does this video teach us about protecting ourselves as bystanders?

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Our defensive strategy is always dictated by our mission. It’s worth remembering that the mission of military members (to overwhelm the enemy with force and drive them from the battlefield) is different than the mission of law enforcement officers (to protect and serve the public interest by subduing and arresting those suspected of crime) is different than the mission of armed private citizens (to protect their loved ones from harm by breaking contact effectively with violent criminals). Those varied missions will dictate what skills are needed and what tactics are employed!

 

  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!
  2. As each of us considers whether to be a Good Samaritan and step into encounters that do not directly involve us, we must consider the implications on our lives and families. Does your desire to step in override your duty to your spouse and children and loved ones? Or is it part of your care for your family to protect others wherever you can? We must also all realize that when we come across an incident in progress that it can be VERY difficult to determine who is the aggressor and who is the defender, who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, and that must give us pause as well.

 

  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!

 

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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Distance is the Key Factor in Defending Against an Armed Attacker

If you have to defend yourself against an armed attacker when you’re not armed yourself (or outdrawn), this video shows why controlling distance is the FIRST key to successful self-defense.

 

 

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Scant information on this incident: https://get-asp.com/h5jn

 

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

 

  1. 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. I’m sure the hundreds of bystanders in this video didn’t expect to be subject to random gunfire, but it came their way. You, too, must be prepared for an armed attacker to threaten you, even if they’re actually shooting at someone else!

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. The “Five Ds Plus 1” are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed attacker when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) First, before the others, we need to control Distance. (it’s the plus 1…it stands by itself and is the gateway to the others working) Then Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable. We pursue them from first to last, in order, to give us the best chance of successfully defending ourselves against an armed opponent. Close the Distance to the place where we can effectively use our empty-handed skills. Deflect their force multiplier, Dominate as much as possible (best is the whole person, second is the arm with the tool, last is the tool itself), Distract the attacker (usually using pain, redirection, movement, etc.), Disarm the attacker, and Disable the attacker.
  2. 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. Usually the best way to break the Bystander Effect is to have a force multiplication advantage, which is a great reason to keep your force multiplier on you at all times.

 

  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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Victim Keeps His Cool During an Armed Robbery

Victim Keeps His Cool During an Armed Robbery

In an armed robbery, a cool head is perhaps the best attribute a victim can possess to begin their Active Self Protection. This guy had it, if nothing else!

 

 

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News story on the armed robbery: https://get-asp.com/82z0

 

What does this video teach us about the realities of 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. Seeing the armed robbery when it was already wrapped around his neck was a bad idea!
  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. Convenience stores are such common places for armed robbery that it’s almost impossible to overstate their vulnerability!
  3. A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. Having good situational awareness will give you more time and opportunity to see problems coming and formulate a plan to stay away and protect yourself without danger to yourself or others. This is always our first choice as self-defenders. This victim should have perhaps tried to escape by whatever means possible from the armed robbery!

 

  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an armed robbery, then your only option is to submit to their demands and hope it works out for the best. I would never suggest that a helpless person try to defend themselves against a carjacking or armed robbery, though of course if it’s a matter of life and death you must do whatever you can. The point, though, is not to be a helpless victim! This is the heart of Active Self Protection, to motivate you to train and help you develop the attitude, skills, and plan so that you can choose to protect yourself if it makes sense in the moment rather than being forced into compliance with a violent felon.!

 

  1. In the moment an armed robber attacks you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself in an armed robbery.

 

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

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Gas Station Robber Beats His Victim Badly

Gas Station Robber Beats His Victim Badly

This robber gave several pre-attack cues, and videos like this are why we say our Active Self Protection must be on point at the gas station!

 

 

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News stories from local news on the robber and the gas station: https://get-asp.com/rr73 and https://get-asp.com/tj61

 

What does this victim teach us about the realities of fighting a robber?

 

  1. 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. This victim was just walking to his car, minding his own business…and the robber chose him for whatever reason.
  2. 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. I don’t know that the victim could have prevented the attack, but the robber might have chosen not to attack him if he had shown signs of preparedness like being aware.
  3. 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. All gas stations are transitional spaces, and we must be aware of the higher incident of problems there from robbers and other attackers.

 

  1. If your awareness is solid, you should get plenty of pre-attack cues from a robber or other attacker. If you’re paying attention to your surroundings and the people in your vicinity it becomes a lot easier to see who is out of place! Look for people lurking and not doing what everyone else is doing, or covering their face or head when that’s not necessary (like inside or when it’s warm out). Watch for furtive glances which are an indicator that they are looking for potential witnesses to their actions. Check hands as well to see if they have anything in them or are hiding unnaturally in pockets. If you see a pattern that makes you uncomfortable, move from condition yellow to condition orange and take action to investigate or move to safety. The robber here gave several pre-attack cues!

 

  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. Here the victim was totally overwhelmed by the robber’s ambush, which took him completely out of the fight.

 

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

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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First-Ever Wisconsin CCW Defensive Gun Use Caught on Camera

First-Ever Wisconsin CCW Defensive Gun Use Caught on Camera

This video shows the first-ever defensive gun use by a CCW permit holder in Wisconsin. His gun fight shows us some significant Active Self Protection lessons!

 

 

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News story from local news on defensive gun use, with sentencing details on the criminal and details from the CCW holder: https://get-asp.com/l57o

 

Second news story with more on the CCW holder’s fight to get his gun back: https://get-asp.com/5680

 

What does this video teach us about the realities of using a gun in a deadly force encounter for CCW holders?

 

  1. 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. This man got his CCW permit and had his gun on him because he knew that he was his own first responder!
  2. 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 CCW holder decided that his gun and his skills were for more than him and his wife, and that’s his right to decide. Those who decide to take a safer route and only protect their own family have that right, too!
  3. We must each be ready to face the cost of defending ourselves or others, as well as the cost of not defending. If you defend yourself, especially with a firearm, you might well face significant costs financially, socially, spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. You must be ready for those costs! The same holds true of defending others, and you must decide if the costs are worth paying for your family. You can expect to hire an attorney, spend time in jail perhaps, face social pressure from the media or family or your church, etc. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t step in, but it does mean that you have to count the cost and accept it. Certainly, to defend your life or the life of a family member, any cost is bearable. But whether you’re willing to pay that cost for a stranger is a matter for personal reflection and consideration. This CCW holder went through a LOT to get his gun back, had court dates, had to hire his own attorney at his own cost, etc. Count the cost of using your gun so that you are ready for it!

 

  1. Successful self-defense against many attacks involves a counter-ambush, where the victim finds the right opportunity to seize the initiative from the attacker and launch an ambush of their own. That involves thinking and knowing your own strengths and skill set, and being ready to strike the attacker when your opportunity for counter-ambush comes. It also means not allowing the attacker to see that attack until it’s launched. This CCW holder used a counter-ambush effectively, though it wasn’t as effective as it could have been because his gun malfunctioned.

 

  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! The bystanders here all stood around; only the CCW holder took action. If you don’t have a gun (and sometimes, even if you DO have a gun), get out of the danger zone!

 

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

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Stalker Brutally Attacks His Victim

Stalker Brutally Attacks His Victim

This victim teaches us all a lot of lessons, not just against a stalker. Even as a bystander you need strong Active Self Protection!

 

 

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Original video of the knife attack is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story of the details of the victim and stalker: https://get-asp.com/fi9e

 

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

 

  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 stalker wasn’t going to stop because others were around; he was intent on killing this victim because she denied his marriage proposal.
  2. 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. I don’t know what this victim could have done once the knife attack started, but if she had been aware that the man was a stalker she could have seen him coming and fled perhaps.
  3. There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them. This stalker shows us predatorial violence, in that he gave the victim no chance to survive.

 

  1. 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. Usually the best way to break the Bystander Effect is to have a force multiplication advantage, which is a great reason to keep your force multiplier on you at all times. The victim here had several other people around, but no one would stop the stalker because they didn’t want to get hurt themselves!

 

  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. The stalker here shows us a classic sewing machine knife attack.

 

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

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Suspect Disarms Officer, Shoots Bystander

Suspect Disarms Officer, Shoots Bystander

This officer made some critical mistakes, and points us toward considering equipment and skills as both essential elements of our Active Self Protection!

 

 

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Original video of the suspect disarming the officer is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story of the suspect taking the gun from the officer, with details: https://get-asp.com/82yo

 

What does this officer teach us about defending ourselves against a gun grab?

 

  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! The suspect here is a known problem and known to be unstable, and that might have colored the issue of the officer letting him in close like that.
  2. If your awareness is solid, you should get plenty of pre-attack cues from a robber or other attacker like this suspect. The officer had cues if he was looking! If you’re paying attention to your surroundings and the people in your vicinity it becomes a lot easier to see who is out of place! Look for people lurking and not doing what everyone else is doing, or covering their face or head when that’s not necessary (like inside or when it’s warm out). Watch for furtive glances which are an indicator that they are looking for potential witnesses to their actions. Check hands as well to see if they have anything in them or are hiding unnaturally in pockets. If you see a pattern that makes you uncomfortable, move from condition yellow to condition orange and take action to investigate or move to safety.
  3. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands! The suspect leads with his hands.

 

  1. Always remember that while good people practice firearms safety at all times, criminals do not. If they cared about firearms safety, they wouldn’t use firearms to hurt people! They will endanger a bystander or a crowd to get what they want. They will take reckless shots. They will flag everyone in the place to threaten them with harm. They will negligently discharge their firearm. That is a prime reason that we need to smartly end the threat, because as long as the attacker has a firearm out, everyone is in danger. This suspect shows that clearly from the moment he takes the gun from the officer.

 

  1. Firearm retention is an important skill to have as a self-defender. In a real-life defensive encounter it is quite possible for an attacker to have the opportunity to try to take your firearm from you, so training in firearm retention is critical for every firearm carrier. (even CCW holders) If you are open carrying your firearm, I can’t say enough that I recommend a holster with active retention and a passive release (http://amzn.to/1n684Pu is the only one I recommend). But having a retention holster does NOT mean you can ignore good training on keeping your firearm from being taken.

 

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

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Argument Leads to Sucker Punch

Argument Leads to Sucker Punch

A sucker punch like this is avoidable; in all likelihood, so was the argument. There are Active Self Protection lessons from this video before the attack, during, and after!

 

 

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Original video of the sucker punch is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story with details on the argument and info on what this sucker punch was all about: https://get-asp.com/1xyf

 

Second news story with details on charges police expect to file from this sucker punch: https://get-asp.com/a8nu

 

What does this argument teach us about defending ourselves against a sucker punch?

 

  1. 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. This woman boldly walked where there was significant danger, and the sucker punch was the end of it. Don’t get into that kind of situation if you can help it.
  2. 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. I am not blaming this mom one iota for the sucker punch; I am simply saying that staying at contact penetration range to an agitated person who doesn’t like you isn’t wise.
  3. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict like this argument, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands! In this sucker punch you can see him clenching his fists and getting highly agitated.

 

  1. If you know there might be danger around, you cannot stand there flat-footed with your hands at your side. That’s a great way to die. Instead, if you think danger might be coming but not imminent, get your hands up protecting your head, neck, and chest. I do this by tucking one hand under the other elbow, and the free hand on my chin as if I were in deep contemplation. Others do it using the “interview position” with both hands as if they’re holding a pad and pen. Getting your hands up shaves split seconds off of your reaction time, but that might make the difference between life and death if you can prepare. This woman kept her hands at her side while she pursued an argument with a large man. That doesn’t mean she is responsible for the sucker punch, but it does give us pause when things like this happen.

 

  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 and not getting into a situation to defend against a sucker punch. 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.

 

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

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Inmate Helps Detention Officer During Attack

Inmate Helps Detention Officer During Attack

This detention officer certainly shows us the importance of empty-handed skills that we talk about all the time at Active Self Protection, and the inmate who helped him deserves recognition as well.

 

 

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Original video of the inmate helping the detention officer is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

News story with more details on the detention officer’s fight: https://get-asp.com/lv68

What does this detention officer teach us about protecting ourselves against an ambush like this?

 

  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! It’s really easy at work to get lulled into a sense of sameness, and that can really impede your awareness. I am not saying that this detention officer was unaware, just reminding all of us to continue to be curious in our work environments!
  2. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. The inmate who attacked the detention officer shows that pretty well. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands!

 

  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. Here, the detention officer had to survive the initial ambush and get his head back in the fight, and he did pretty well at that!

 

  1. 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. For this detention officer it might have meant staying another 2 feet back from the door to be able to assess a bit as the inmate comes out of the cell.

 

  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. In the jail, this detention officer is not armed with a firearm, and most of us sometimes are in that same condition (whether our jobs require it, our state laws don’t allow us to CCW, etc.). Empty-handed skills are important for us!

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

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Bystander Hurt in Defensive Encounter Caught on Camera

Bystander Hurt in Defensive Encounter Caught on Camera

Do you think about what might happen to a bystander if you’re in a gunfight? Especially when the bystander is a loved one, you have to think about them as part of your Active Self Protection so that you don’t expose them to harm!

 

 

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Original video of the defensive encounter is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story on the incident from local news: https://get-asp.com/ii3y

 

The bystander who was hurt spoke to reporters: https://get-asp.com/8xkq

 

A video reportedly shot by the man with the AK pistol says more from his perspective (it’s not verified to be him, though, so take it with a grain of salt): https://get-asp.com/vyes

 

What does this defensive encounter teach us about protecting ourselves against an armed attacker?

 

  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! The officer here defaulted to his training, and that saved his noggin for sure.
  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. Gas stations are absolutely transitional spaces, and defensive encounters happen there with frightening regularity. That doesn’t mean that you should be paranoid while getting gas, but it DOES mean that you should be more ready there!

 

  1. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands! The attacker here flashed the gun, and that’s when the defensive encounter really started.

 

  1. 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. Neither the bystander nor the defender here could afford to wait for police!

 

  1. You must know what parts of your car offer cover, and what parts of your car are only concealment. Car doors and windows are no help against bullets, friends. They are concealment. The engine block provides cover, as do steel wheels and the transmission and axles. If you have to use your car to protect yourself from incoming fire, movement is your best friend and you must be ready to shoot from unconventional positions. Taking a course on using a handgun in a vehicle is much advised.

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

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and 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.