Thugs Rob and Brutally Sucker Punch Woman in Church

True evil exists in our world, and I would say that this robbery and sucker punch is a great embodiment of evil. At Active Self Protection we abhor videos like this, but recognize the value in reminding us all of the evil that exists in our world. Does your church have a security team to discourage these kinds of incidents and respond if they happen?

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UPDATE: The second suspect has been arrested: http://get-asp.com/h29j he was the dirtbag who threw the punch.

Original videos: http://get-asp.com/nk4n and http://get-asp.com/665p

How do I protect myself from 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. Even in church, even if you’re a kindly old lady, evil can come your way. It’s a sad truth, but it is truth.

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. The narthex of a church is a transitional space because it is designed to get people in and out, and the number of people coming and going allows easier ambush. Be careful in transitional spaces.

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. This lady had little chance to weather that storm, but her story reminds us all that surviving the initial ambush is important.

4. 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. Knowing when a door opens to take a quick look so that you see who is coming your way is an important skill to practice.

5. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! It was the second attacker here who really hurt the woman. Her purse is replaceable, but the harm she endured at the hands of the second is where the real damage is. Always be ready for multiple attackers.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Armed Robbers Zip Tie Their Victims

This scares me. Seriously. I can handle armed robbers, but to me being tied up is a bright line of action. How about you?

Original video with details: http://get-asp.com/m0xs

How do I protect myself from armed robbers?

1. Keep your firearm 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. If you go read the news link, the armed robbers stole a firearm from the gym in the robbery, which means they HAD a gun in the place to protect themselves. But that does them NO good if they don’t have it in the moment of need.

2. In the moment armed robbers attack 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. When the man with the gun put it away, these armed robbers weren’t in any position to act with deadly force and that was the chance to defend.

3. You must establish some “bright lines” of when you’ll fight for your life, no matter the odds. Sometimes it might be best to give in, but there are some situations that are so dire that any odds are better than none. For me, being tied up is one of those bright lines. The second is being taken to a second location. In those situations I will fight to the death right where I am. You must establish your own “bright lines” of defense that you know it’s time to go right now.

4. 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. These ladies didn’t act like they knew danger could come their way, in my opinion. Most people don’t think it can, in reality.

5. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! Armed robbers often work together, and it’s often enough that we must expect it.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Grandma Fights Off Armed Robber

Do you think this grandmother did the right thing by not pulling the trigger on this armed robber? We talk a lot at Active Self Protection about stopping the threat, and Mrs. Aldana certainly accomplished that!

Original video, along with an interview with this brave woman: http://get-asp.com/9286

How do I protect myself against an armed 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. Mrs. Aldana owns a convenience store, and because people come in and out quickly it’s always a transitional space where an armed robber is more likely to strike. When you’re in transitional spaces, be sure to be extra alert!

2. Keep your firearm 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. In this case it worked out just fine against this armed robber, but if he had decided to come over the counter she might not have been so lucky. Keep your gun on you!

3. 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. In this instance, the counter kept the knife from being immediately deliverable and so as a defender you can know that you have the upper hand.

4. This incident required emotional fitness to be able to successfully defend yourself. 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. 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. Train against situations like this so that if they ever happen in real life, you’re ready!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

Unaware Woman Walks Right Into A Mugging

This woman definitely wasn’t practicing Active Self Protection, but her mugging at least teaches us some important lessons to keep ourselves safe. How would you have protected yourself in her situation?

Original video and details from Camden PD: http://get-asp.com/a9rd

How do I protect myself from a mugging?

1. The main lesson in this video is situational awareness. When you’re in public you must be aware of your surroundings and do appropriate threat assessment of anyone else you encounter. This mugging was telegraphed a long way away, but she walked into it because she wasn’t doing any threat assessment and wasn’t aware of her surroundings at all. We must be better than that!

2. Your car becomes a transitional space every time you get in or out of it. Remember, 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. Because we are often preoccupied when entering or exiting the vehicle, the car becomes an easy place for attack. When you’re approaching transitional spaces, you need to be MORE aware and ready for what might come your way.

3. This woman might have been able to see this mugging coming from as much as 25 yards away. The earlier you see the potential problem, the more options you have to protect yourself! Had she seen the potential mugging coming from 25 yards she could have stopped with her child and avoided it entirely. As she approached the vehicle and saw it, she could have responded definitively at about 7 yards and had lots of options to use her voice or get to her force multiplier. But when she saw it as he attacked her, she had almost no options at all.

4. You should practice hand-fighting with a purse on you or a bag slung if you ever sling a bag or purse, because the ability to throw your balance and posture off is significant and can really affect your ability to protect yourself.

5. Also, do NOT keep your firearm in your purse if it’s at all possible. If she had a firearm in her purse, it could not have helped her once the mugging started because she couldn’t have gotten to it. So keep your force multiplier on your person if at all possible!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

Domestic Fight Breaks Out in Police Department Parking Lot

That old adage that “when seconds count, the police are only minutes away” is shown to be utterly true in this video. Even in the parking lot of a police department, your Active Self Protection is what stands between you and a beating when a fight breaks out. How would you have protected yourself in this instance?

Original video here: http://get-asp.com/yqne

News story on the incident here: http://get-asp.com/vnpz

How do I protect myself when a fight breaks out?

1. It’s wise if you’re being followed by someone dangerous to head to the closest police precinct office (or equivalent), but make sure you get on the phone with them and let them know you’re coming so that they can meet you outside. Call 911 and tell them the situation and your description as well as the description of the person following you. This couple got to the PD, but not in time to prevent a significant assault because they didn’t phone ahead. The police aren’t psychic, so they don’t know what you don’t tell them.

2. Lock your doors! Never leave your car doors unlocked. The problem in this instance might have been that the woman turned the truck off, which opened the door locks on the truck. Pay attention to your door locks and keep your doors locked, especially if you have any inclination that there might be a credible threat in your vicinity.

3. Empty-handed skills are a critical component of covering your ASP. When finally the fight breaks out, it was clear that the man in the red truck had no ability to really protect himself. If you’ve never trained, use this as your impetus to get to some martial arts or combatives training so that if you have to use your hands and feet to protect yourself, you have the skills to do so.

4. The couple in the red truck had been assaulted by the man in the Bronco and they thought he had shot at them. Turned out it was a pellet gun, but that kind of information was not something they could have had in the heat of the moment. If you’re facing an armed attacker, it’s a bad spot to be in to be unarmed yourself. So as your local laws allow, have a force multiplier like a firearm on you if at all possible. Heck, even a pepper spray would have been very effective when the guy in the Bronco opened the door of the truck!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

Armed Mugging At ATM Caught On Camera

There are simply some places that are more common for mugging than others, and at Active Self Protection we want to be aware of what we can do to minimize our risks and protect ourselves! How would you have protected your kids if you were this woman?

News story and original video: http://get-asp.com/r0xs

How do I protect myself from a mugging?

1. Recognize that ATMs are by their definition transitional spaces, which needs to lead us to be cautious in approaching and using them. 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. A drive-up ATM is clearly a transitional space because it allows the attacker easy hiding and approach as well as quick escape through the parking lot.

2. The Rule of Stupids does come into play here, though only obliquely. The Rule of Stupids is fairly simple: (1) don’t go to Stupid places, (2) with Stupid people, (3) at Stupid times, and (4) do Stupid things. You can usually get away with one Rule of Stupid being broken, but two or more are a recipe for trouble. In this case, because of their frequency of trouble, an outdoor ATM is a Stupid place. Going to an ATM at night allows for easier ambush, and so it is a Stupid time. Two Rules of Stupid broken make for real danger. I use this grid to mitigate my risks regularly and encourage you to do the same.

3. Recognize that your vehicle is one of the most effective force multipliers and escape devices you have. Whether you’re at the ATM or the drive-through feed trough, keep your car in drive and be ready to use your accelerator to escape danger if you need to! A mugging can’t happen to people who are driving away, and bad guys almost universally can’t hit past 15 yards with a pistol. Get away and get to safety.

4. Situational awareness could have saved the day here. Knowing that there were two Rules of Stupid being broken here, if you absolutely HAD to get to the ATM for some reason, it would be wise to really be aware of your surroundings. Drive around the bank once or twice to get a feel for whether there are any lurkers or potential dangers, and be very aware of pulling into the space. Stay all over your mirrors the entire time, and be ready at a moment’s notice to hit the accelerator (even with your card in the machine!).

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

This is why fighting back can help you survive

We talk a lot at Active Self Protection about being willing to defend yourself. So are you? One of these ladies was, and the other wasn’t, and while both were “okay,” I think the outcome from fighting back was preferable to not, personally. How about you?

Original of first video: http://get-asp.com/ntr0

Original of second video: http://get-asp.com/jlxf (WARNING: this site is very, very NSFW and filled with adult content…strongest warning possible)

Why should I fight back against a mugger?

1. First of all, you shouldn’t always fight back. Every situation is unique, and you must consider your attitude, skills, and plan in relation to the threat you face. I am not blaming these women for being victimized and not saying that the attackers were anything other than reprehensible for attacking them. If you don’t have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an attacker then you’re at their mercy, which is not a place I want to be. If you want to defend yourself, though, read on.

2. That said, in studies of rape and attempted rape it has been shown that victims who resist are not at increased risk of the offender being physically violent (http://get-asp.com/ufr4 for more) and that it has been shown to be effective at deterring rape attempts as well as fighting off attackers. Therefore, it is a wise strategy to be ready to defend yourself and resist an attacker.

3. As with any attacker, muggers are not looking for fights but for victims. When they meet significant resistance they often abandon their plans and flee. We certainly see that in the second clip, that when the woman mounted a semi-effective resistance the attacker broke off his attack and fled. Note, though, that I said that it requires a significant resistance. This cannot be a token resistance that hopes for the mugger to give up. You must commit to fighting back to the point of winning the fight and stopping the attack completely.

4. Of course, the presence of multiple attackers greatly increases the level of attitude, skills, and plan needed when fighting back. You learn these skills in the training center, so commit to empty-handed skills training!

5. Force multipliers are important tools for women to carry. (men, too, but these videos are both female victims) Against bigger, stronger, faster attackers a person really needs the most effective force multiplier they can have. A firearm is best, and if either of these woman had been armed the outcome could have been much different. If a firearm is not available, a pepper spray or a TASER or a knife would make them a far more formidable opponent than her bare hands. You’re a tool user, so carry tools!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

Armed Robbers Murder Clerks On Camera

I have heard talking heads on television tell people that if an armed robber robs you, just give them what they want and you’ll be fine. At Active Self Protection we know that’s certainly no guarantee, and these incidents give a lot of evidence to that fact!

Video 1 original: http://get-asp.com/ipja

 

Video 2 original: http://get-asp.com/us5t

 

Video 3 original: http://get-asp.com/m0g9

 

Should I comply with armed robbers?

 

  1. The fallacy in the advice to comply is that it seems to be blanket advice. No advice will work in every situation, and someone pointing a gun at you can be reasonably inferred to mean you deadly harm. You have the right to protect yourself from a deadly threat, but if you don’t have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from the threat then compliance might be the only option you have. I would prefer that everyone have far more options, though!

 

  1. No product or inventory is worth getting shot for, so giving the armed robber the cash in the till or the product off the shelf is wise. Even if you’re only buying time to find an opportunity, don’t deny the armed robber what he wants without more to back it up than your angry stare. If you can’t win the encounter, then just give him the stuff!

 

  1. You must always look for your opportunity, but don’t look so long that the opportunity passes you by! Defend yourself at the earliest possible moment.

 

  1. The best solution to the first two videos would have for sure been the clerk having a firearm of their own and using it effectively. I think that every ASPer should be proficient with firearms and carry one if their laws allow. In the third clip, empty-handed skills and the Five Ds would certainly have made for a better outcome.

 

  1. We talk about spiritual fitness from time to time at ASP, and these videos remind us that you don’t always get to pick the day you meet your Creator. Part of ASP is being ready spiritually for that day in the event that today is the day, so make peace with God as part of your preparation.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.