How much do you use your hearing to cover your ASP? This sucker punch could not have been stopped by seeing the danger coming; it would have had to be another sense that helped this man practice Active Self Protection.
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News story and original video of the sucker punch: https://get-asp.com/c611 In the second video they added you can see that the victim is a larger guy than the suspect, so size isn’t everything for sure!
How do I protect myself from a sucker punch?
- If you can win “the fight before the fight,” you win. You win that fight by minimizing your potential for being attacked in the first place! That means making smart decisions and living a life of awareness and readiness so that you don’t take unnecessary risks. A sucker punch is rarely completely out of the blue, so living a life of awareness, readiness, and avoidance is always the best way to never have to even deal with a sucker punch.
- In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. A sucker punch is a prime example! Attackers 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. Keep that mantra front and center: “Survive the ambush!”
- As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from an attack like a sucker punch. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t.
- If your awareness is solid, you should get plenty of pre-attack cues from a robber or other attacker. 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.
- There are some attacks that are just nearly impossible to win, and a sucker punch could be one of them. This man was out cold, and anything his attacker wanted to do was his for the taking. Never get so arrogant that you think that your ASP is strong enough to win every fight and survive every attack. That’s just not the case. Thankfully this victim is recovering, but since that’s not a guarantee either, the best bet is to make sure that your family knows you love them, and making peace with both your loved ones and God so that you’re ready for any day to be the last day of your life. (we call that Spiritual Fitness)
Attitude. Skills. Plan.