It’s amazing how fast an armed robbery starts and ends. If you buy and sell via an online classified, make sure that you know the risks so that your Active Self Protection goes with you!
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News story with more information on the armed robbery (I especially like the reactions from the local neighbors in the video): https://get-asp.com/az9f
More information from a local Fox affiliate that they have arrested a suspect in this armed robbery: https://get-asp.com/ijku
What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robbery?
- The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands! The hands were the key to this man escaping the armed robbery without being killed, for sure.
- 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 against an armed robbery! Once the ambush is over you take action to better protect yourself, but if you fail to survive the ambush then obviously the fight is over.
- Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it in an armed robbery. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately like this seller did. He ran and that was smart!
- In the moment of an armed robbery beginning, 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 armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. This kind of counter-ambush is exactly why the old Marine was able to win this fight.
- The “Five Ds Plus 1” are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed robbery or other attack when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands, as in this armed robbery) First, before the others, we need to control Distance. (it’s the plus 1…it stands by itself and is the gateway to the others working) Then Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable. We pursue them from first to last, in order, to give us the best chance of successfully defending ourselves against an armed opponent. Close the Distance to the place where we can effectively use our empty-handed skills. Deflect their force multiplier, Dominate as much as possible (best is the whole person, second is the arm with the tool, last is the tool itself), Distract the attacker (usually using pain, redirection, movement, etc.), Disarm the attacker, and Disable the attacker.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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