(GRAPHIC) Some people don’t think that evil like this exists in the world. We know better, which is why we work on our Active Self Protection every day. Lots of lessons in this one, but it is graphic so beware. Multiple attackers are no joke.
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Original video of the multiple attackers: https://get-asp.com/memu (WARNING: this site is very, very NSFW and filled with adult content…strongest warning possible…I get videos from it when I can’t find it anywhere else but do NOT endorse anything about it)
News story on the incident says the perps have all been caught: https://get-asp.com/dj7g
How do I protect myself against multiple attackers?
- 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 multiple attackers like this change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can.
- 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. We don’t know what turned a few friends into multiple attackers, but for this victim we do know that he had some warning if he had awareness.
- If your awareness is solid, you should get plenty of pre-attack cues from a robber or other attacker; with multiple attackers this is even more the case. If you’re paying attention to your surroundings and the people in your vicinity it becomes a lot easier to see who is out of place! Look for people lurking and not doing what everyone else is doing, or covering their face or head when that’s not necessary (like inside or when it’s warm out). Watch for furtive glances which are an indicator that they are looking for potential witnesses to their actions. Check hands as well to see if they have anything in them or are hiding unnaturally in pockets. If you see a pattern that makes you uncomfortable, move from condition yellow to condition orange and take action to investigate or move to safety. When a person you don’t know puts their hands on you, be very aware and start taking steps to protect yourself.
- Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with your loved ones and with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today. These multiple attackers were too much for this victim, but I doubt he got up that morning thinking that it was his last day.
- 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!
- Against multiple attackers every self-defender must know and train and practice that it’s death to focus on one too much. When every attacker is an equal threat, we practice the “Boarding House Rules” that everyone gets firsts before anyone gets seconds. If possible, stack the attackers one behind the other rather than getting between them (i.e. blockading and barricading), because if you get between them then one will have your back. It’s better if possible to work to the outside of the group and keep one between you and the others.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)