This attack comes fast and furious, and the man has no time to prepare his Active Self Protection. When an attack like this comes, you’ve got to be ready!
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What does this on camera attack teach us about defending ourselves from a mugger?
- 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 attacker wasn’t going to be negotiated with…he needed to be stopped and thankfully he finally was.
- 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. Had this man been aware of his surroundings, he might well have seen the attack coming long ago when he realized the attacker was following him.
- Attackers often stalk their intended victims for some time, silently “interviewing” them to see if they are an easy target. (there’s a great article in Psychology Today about the psychology of victim selection…read it!) Criminals absolutely look for opportune people and opportune times to ambush easy prey, so the solution to that is not to look like prey! The common adage is true, “If you don’t want to be eaten, don’t look like food.” Here the man definitely wasn’t giving off a powerful vibe, and his attacker didn’t really look like he was scared of any resistance whatsoever.
- 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. Most muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead or out of commission 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 incapacitation or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them. This was a mugging, but the attack itself was predatorial in nature because there was no notice and no demand. You must be ready to protect yourself from predatorial violence.
- 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. It wouldn’t have been easy for this man to do for sure, but lots of sparring and grappling and fighting practice in training might have given him the emotional fitness to weather the storm and protect himself from the secondary attacks.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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