This stabbing is very much a common type of attack, and having your Active Self Protection ready to protect you from this kind of stabbing is important. Do you think there were any pre-attack cues that could have helped the security guard?
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How do I protect myself from a stabbing such as this?
- Most attacks are perpetrated by men (source: http://get-asp.com/821s for that) but that doesn’t mean that women are always safe. It does mean that statistically women are much less of a threat than men for violence. However, each person is an individual, and each individual must be considered for their unique threat profile rather than lumped into a category. Just because women are less likely to commit violent crime doesn’t mean that they are unlikely in a given instance to commit violent crime. This stabbing shows that statistics are not guarantees, so make sure that you don’t dismiss women as potential attackers out of hand.
- 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. You can’t see everyone all the time, but this stabbing was perpetrated after the guards found a knife in that woman’s purse. She was clearly a higher threat, so he might have been more leery that a stabbing was a possibility.
- 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 stabbing came out of nowhere and attacked the easiest target around.
- Knife attacks do 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 keep stabbing at a rate of 2-3 stabs per second. In this stabbing the attacker was stopped after the first stab, thankfully!
- If you have a partner with you when you’re attacked (be it a LEO partner if you work on a team, or your spouse or martial artist buddy), you want to do everything you can to work as a team. Knowing each other well and communicating clearly will help you protect yourself from danger. This takes training and practice and commitment, but two partners working together present a formidable challenge to any attacker. Here, one partner stopped the stabbing after the initial ambush, and then the two partners subdued the attacker while warning others away in case the woman was rigged with a bomb according to the original link. (that’s a real danger where they are)
- As one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, is fond of saying, the ground must be your friend and not your enemy. You must know how to fight on the ground and not panic if the fight goes to the ground! You must have skills from bottom position, from top position, and in the scramble. You must be able to regain your feet and fight from wherever you find yourself. Too many fights require this skill to ignore it! This stabbing is typical in the sense that hurt people often go to the ground, and then ground skills are necessary.
- First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. This stabbing is a great example of the need for carrying an IFAK (I carry this individual first aid kit if you’re in the market) to help yourself or a partner in the moment of need.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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