Would you Active Self Protection been up to seizing the opportunity in the moment here? In times of life and death, you might not get another chance so you’ve got to take the one you get! Murder like this just makes me angry to watch, so let’s learn how not to be a victim.
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What does this murder teach self-defenders?
- Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. This murder happened in an entryway, a choke point that the murderer chose to have time to attack his victim. Beware of transitional spaces!
- Many attackers use their support or guard side arm as a leveraging arm, holding their opponent with it either to guard their strong hand (with a force multiplier in it, as this murder shows) or to put their intended victim at the preferred distance for their dominant hand to strike with maximum effect if they have a knife or stick. It gives them leverage, which is why we call it a leveraging arm. You have to train repeatedly as a self-defender against the leveraging arm so that you can deal with it before the dominant arm comes into play.
- Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. This murder highlights the fleeting nature of real life. 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.
- A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. Having good situational awareness will give you more time and opportunity to see problems coming and formulate a plan to stay away and protect yourself without danger to yourself or others. This is always our first choice as self-defenders. Secondarily, using good verbal judo can defuse the conflict and even prevent a murder. Practice your de-escalation skills!
- When you are the intended victim, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the attacker is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. If you let your opportunity pass without acting, you might end up a murder victim like this guy was. Take the opportunity when it presents itself!
- Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders. First of all, more conflicts you will encounter as a self-defender will require empty-handed skills than will require firearms skills, simply because more self-defense encounters are physical than deadly. Second, since a firearm is a tool of last resort, self-defenders need to have non-lethal options that include empty-handed skills to protect themselves from likely incidents. Third, in the moment of the encounter you may not have the time to get to your gun before you can fight your way to it. This murder could have possibly been prevented if the victim had a combination of empty-handed skills and emotional fitness.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)