Could you have done what this clerk did to this armed robber? She handled herself admirably and showed excellent Active Self Protection in keeping her wits about her and protecting herself!
Original video with some details from the clerk: https://get-asp.com/gwjn
What does this clerk teach us about protecting ourselves against an armed robber?
- 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. This armed robber definitely got to start the attack!
- 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. The clerk had great emotional fitness with an armed robber pointing a gun at her, and kept thinking. Well done!
- Situational awareness is useful for more than seeing the attack coming, but also for knowing what is happening during the attack by the armed robber. In particular, if your awareness is strong you might get to see an armed robber put their gun away to use both hands as here, or you might see that the robber’s gun malfunctions or is empty. That information can give you the cue to act definitively to defend yourself by running or by counter-attacking the armed robber. This is not only why awareness is important, but knowledge of firearms and tools is as well!
- 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 (or, as here, they put it down on 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.
- It’s wise to be a “competent generalist” when it comes to firearms, because in a real fight you might well disarm a gun-wielding attacker and need to use that gun you’ve just taken to protect your life! Knowing how to use many kinds of guns could well save your life. So get training to use a revolver (both single and double action), a hammer-fired semi-auto, and a striker fired semi-auto both with and without external safeties. The clerk here didn’t use the gun she got from the armed robber and that’s fine because she made it out okay, but that’s not a given!
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