Surviving the ambush is one of the most important skills a self-defender can have, as this video shows well. Practicing Active Self Protection before, during, and after the encounter can save your life!
News story of this policeman being ambushed: https://get-asp.com/09wa
Original video of the ambush: https://get-asp.com/4vwk
What does this video teach us about surviving an ambush?
- 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. It’s very easy to get so engrossed in the activity you’re pursuing that you miss an impending ambush, but this officer had LOTS of opportunities to see this coming and not get shot. Keep your situational awareness at all times!
- 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. Stopped cars are transitional spaces for sure, and any place where pedestrians are walking by can become one quickly.
- 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. This officer showed great emotional fitness in staying in the fight and returning fire!
- If the attacker has a gun drawn on you, there is nothing you’re going to do in that moment to get your gun into the fight. It’s just not going to happen, and this video shows that tragically well. You cannot outdraw a drawn gun! You have to earn your draw against a drawn gun, and you earn that draw by either waiting for a moment of distraction for the armed robber (like if he looks away to check for people coming) or by closing the gap and using empty-handed skills to take his opportunity to use his gun away. If you don’t do either of those, you will likely be shot before your gun is in the fight. This officer illustrates that clearly, and he stayed in the fight long enough to win it. Lucky for him the shot wasn’t in a vital area!
- Even if you’re injured, you must stay in the fight and not stop as long as you have consciousness. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of injury and still function, so never stop fighting just because you’re injured! Even if you’re shot or stabbed, you have a 67-95% chance of surviving! (https://get-asp.com/ew3l and https://get-asp.com/p0hn give the details) So practice emotional fitness by knowing that even if the bad guy gets the jump and you’re injured, you’re still in the fight and still likely to survive if you take definitive action to protect yourself.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.