Female Tourist Defends Herself Against Muggers in Italy

She gave these muggers more than they could handle! That said, they didn’t look particularly motivated to me. Still, I think she practiced decent Active Self Protection.

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I can’t find the original video of the muggers getting nothing for their efforts; I know it’s from Polizia Di Stato (Italian State Police) and Blog Sicilia, but can’t find the original of this one. If you can find it (I don’t speak Italian so my Google Fu in Italian is nonexistent), please send it to me!


What do we learn here about fighting off muggers?


  1. Do not stay in the danger zone where there are muggers if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give muggers 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.


  1. Regular people really battle Normalcy Bias. Normalcy Bias is a mental state that causes people not to react to disaster, or to underestimate the ability of that disaster to affect them personally. In defensive encounters, Normalcy Bias makes people stand around in the danger zone and not take defensive action like the woman who stands there and watches her friend get beat up by muggers. Don’t let Normalcy Bias happen to you.


  1. You must be able to fight and defend yourself from all different stages of action when confronted by muggers or other attackers. 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.


  1. On body carry is the preferred method of keeping your force multipliers, whether a firearm or another tool. Purse carry is shown repeatedly to be less effective at retention, less effective at draw and accuracy, and much more likely to be a target in an attack. (for more on purse carry, read this: https://get-asp.com/s0gk ) In this video there is no telling if the woman had any force multipliers in her purse, but even if she did the work of the muggers would have made sure she couldn’t access it! If at all possible, carry on body rather than in a purse.


  1. 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! Muggers like to work together to overwhelm their intended victim, so working against multiple attackers in training is wise so that we’re ready for them in real life.


Attitude. Skills. Plan.


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


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