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Heartless Thieves Rip Elderly Man Off

Practicing Active Self Protection is more than just being able to fend off a physical attack. It means knowing how to protect yourself against all kinds of victimizations, including what these despicable thieves did to this elderly man. Learn to protect yourself!

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Original video from Essex PD: http://get-asp.com/9c1i

 

How do I protect myself from thieves?

 

  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. In this case, the thieves used the man’s inherent goodwill to get him to assume nothing bad could happen, and that was a bad assumption.

 

  1. 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. These thieves definitely used the man’s distraction and lack of situational awareness to victimize him. That’s certainly not blaming him for their actions, just realizing how we can protect ourselves.

 

  1. There’s a well-worn joke that ATM stands for “Accessory To Mugging,” and it’s not far from the truth. The ATM is of course a likely place to be attacked because it is a transitional space. Thieves and armed robbers can easily ambush you if your attention is engrossed in the machine, and they are built to allow for easy access and escape. When you’re at the ATM, be sure to be extra aware of what is going on around you. I even suggest standing with your back to the machine, or at least with your shoulders perpendicular to it so that you can constantly see what is happening around you!

 

  1. ASP is about more than just physical protection. You can be victimized spiritually, emotionally, sexually, physically, financially, and even more. (obviously thieves prey on your finances) Therefore, you must consider how to protect yourself in these different arenas and then do what you need to do in order to be safe.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Real-Life Knife Attacks Aren’t Like Hollywood

We’re conditioned by Hollywood to accept their view of what a real knife attack looks like, but real life is much different. We need reality if we’re to practice Active Self Protection, and this is the reality of a knife attack.

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Original video and news story here (Google Translate from Russian required): http://get-asp.com/qfyj

 

How do I protect myself from a knife attack?

 

  1. I think that the Rules of Stupid come into play here. The Rules of Stupid state that you should never (1) go to Stupid places, (2) with Stupid people, (3) at Stupid times, and (4) do Stupid things. You can usually get away with breaking one Rule of Stupid, but two or more really increase the odds of bad things happening. This knife attack happened after a night of drinking (doing stupid things), arguing with a drunk (drunks are stupid people by definition), and I would guess later at night (a stupid time). That doesn’t mean the victim is responsible for the knife attack, but that the risk factors were high. Use the Rules of Stupid to protect yourself from unnecessary risk!

 

  1. 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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. This ambush was all it took for the knife attack to be lethal, so seeing the ambush before it is sprung can be a critical component of surviving.

 

  1. 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. In this knife attack it wouldn’t have mattered if the victim was armed one bit. He had no time to get to a gun in that moment unless he saw the knife in hand and was ready before.

 

  1. If you know there might be danger around, you cannot stand there flat-footed with your hands at your side. That’s a great way to die. Instead, if you think danger might be coming but not imminent, get your hands up protecting your head, neck, and chest. I do this by tucking one hand under the other elbow, and the free hand on my chin as if I were in deep contemplation. Others do it using the “interview position” with both hands as if they’re holding a pad and pen. Getting your hands up shaves split seconds off of your reaction time, but that might make the difference between life and death if you can prepare. I am not saying it would have stopped this knife attack, but it might have helped.

 

  1. 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 God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today. This man didn’t wake up expecting a knife attack to end his life. But it still happened.

 

  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. That said, this knife attack shows how quickly someone can die in an attack, and a stout first aid kit oriented to stop severe bleeding and the skills to use it might have helped! (I start with this: https://get-asp.com/IPOK and then add https://get-asp.com/hemostatic and http://get-asp.com/6p76 at a minimum)

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

 

Two Armed Robbers Show a New Tactic in Armed Robberies

These armed robbers give those who practice Active Self Protection a different threat and different necessary response. There are important lessons to learn here!

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Original video with some details from Dayton: http://get-asp.com/jcwc

 

Original video from San Jose, CA was found on the SJPD Facebook page but has since been deleted.

 

How do I protect myself from armed robbers?

 

  1. One of the five pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “imminence” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe). Imminence means the threat is happening RIGHT NOW, that it’s neither too late nor too early for you to defend yourself! The standard of imminence is seen as a triad of ability, opportunity, and jeopardy (also known as the AOJ triad, which is explained here: http://get-asp.com/pm3k). The question is whether these armed robbers, who showed that they had firearms but didn’t actively point them, met the triad. Clearly they had ability (they could hurt their victims) and opportunity (they were in range), but were they in jeopardy? This depends on jurisdiction, but the answer here is likely YES. The armed robbers had both shown intent to do harm by threatening with the firearms if their demands weren’t met, meaning that the victims WERE in imminent jeopardy of grievous bodily harm or death.

 

  1. 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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. These victims certainly weren’t on the offensive, and armed robbers always attack when it’s best for them. This puts defenders on defense and on the reaction, which is a disadvantage we must plan for in our training.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. 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. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. The woman in the Dayton armed robbery did a good job of exiting the danger zone as soon as she could! Armed robbers are unpredictable, so don’t stay where they might hurt you if you can help it.

 

  1. In the moment that armed robbers attack you, 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.

 

  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an attacker, then your only option is to submit to their demands and hope it works out for the best. I would never suggest that a helpless person try to defend themselves against a carjacking or armed robbery, though of course if it’s a matter of life and death you must do whatever you can. The point, though, is not to be a helpless victim! This is the heart of Active Self Protection, to motivate you to train and help you develop the attitude, skills, and plan so that you can choose to protect yourself if it makes sense in the moment rather than being forced into compliance with a violent felon.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

 

Off Duty Officer Murdered By Armed Robbers

The human body is remarkably resilient, but most people stop fighting because of the psychological effects of their injuries long before their body gives out. At Active Self Protection we want good people to be able to defend themselves to their last breath from armed robbers, so let’s learn from this officer’s death.

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Original video here: http://get-asp.com/rbif (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 here (Google Translate from Portuguese required): http://get-asp.com/9pr5 thankfully the murderer is in custody

 

How do I protect myself from armed robbers?

 

  1. 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. The walkup to this business provided an easy way for the armed robbers to sneak up in plain sight and then get away in a hurry, which was pivotal in this robbery. When you’re in transitional spaces, be aware!

 

  1. 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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. These armed robbers clearly got to determine the time and circumstances of the attack, which is an important pattern we see in armed robberies of all kinds.

 

  1. 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 officer couldn’t have gotten to his gun immediately against these armed robbers. He had to earn his draw, and unfortunately he couldn’t do it in time.

 

  1. The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of people around here, but no one stepped in. You cannot count on anyone breaking the Bystander Effect to help you, especially if the attacker is armed and any help would be at a force deficit from it. Usually the best way to break the Bystander Effect is to have a force multiplication advantage, which is a great reason to keep your force multiplier on you at all times.

 

  1. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth. The corollary is that these armed robbers shot the defender multiple times and he still lived for quite some time. You’re still in the fight if you’re alive, so keep fighting!

 

  1. 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 God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today.

 

  1. 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! Not only that, but these armed robbers showed up at different times in the fight, what many trainers call a “trailing bad guy.” Multiple attackers are the norm, so expect it.

 

  1. As one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, is fond of saying, the ground must be your friend and not your enemy. You must know how to fight on the ground and not panic if the fight goes to the ground! You must have skills from bottom position, from top position, and in the scramble. You must be able to regain your feet and fight from wherever you find yourself. Too many fights require this skill to ignore it!

 

  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. These armed robbers did a number on this defender, but perhaps with a stout IFAK and good skills, he might have made it to the hospital to get help.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Armed Man Stops Armed Robbery

There are precious few perfect defensive uses of a firearm caught on video, but this armed robbery is definitely one of them! At Active Self Protection we are all about responsible, lawful firearms use, and I think this guy did an amazing job. Would you have held them?

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Original video here: http://get-asp.com/011d (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)

 

How do I protect myself from an armed robbery?

 

  1. 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. This armed robbery was stopped because the intended victim was aware of his surroundings and didn’t allow his cell phone to steal all of his attention!

 

  1. In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training! This armed robbery might well have ended with dead armed robbers, but the intended victim chose in the split second to issue verbal commands instead, likely knowing that he could use his firearm if he had to. That was excellent work.

 

  1. Your mobile phone is a useful tool but a dangerous one. It can be used to communicate, to get emergency help to you, and to avoid problems altogether in numerous ways. It can also be a very dangerous distraction, because it is designed purposefully to grasp our undivided attention and hold it. When in public, use your mobile sparingly and correctly. Don’t allow it to hold your attention for more than 20-30 seconds at a time, and hold it high so that your head is up and you can see past it to what is going on around you. The intended victim in this armed robbery definitely was aware despite being on his phone, and it might have saved his life.

 

  1. In a gunfight, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gunfight because it is against every instinct you have when in mortal danger! People who focus too much on stance or isosceles vs. Weaver forget this fact, but as self-defenders we must know that we will be moving. So practice and train movement on the draw and fire. This is a great reason to have airsoft trainers and practice draw and move in your dry-fire regimen as well. In this armed robbery, notice that the intended victim didn’t stand in a perfect isosceles; he MOVED. You will, too. So train with movement.

 

  1. 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!

 

  1. 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 danger when it comes upon you. 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.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

 

Bank Robbery Caught On Camera

We might picture a bank robbery as a Hollywood affair, but the reality is much more like this. Practicing Active Self Protection means thinking about what you would do in situations like this, seeing how different people react, and planning for your own reaction if ever you’re put in a similar situation.

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

 

Original video: http://get-asp.com/2v40

 

News story of the incident: http://get-asp.com/waxn

 

How do I protect myself in a bank robbery?

 

  1. 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. The bank becomes a transitional space because of the relative ease of ambush from outside and the easy escape the same way, as well as the obvious valuables it contains (which is why a bank robbery is so common). When in transitional spaces, recognize that danger goes up!

 

  1. In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training! This bank robbery had no time to think through action. Everyone took action in the moment that made sense to them, so train such that you get more experience to act appropriately in the moment.

 

  1. In the moment of a bank robbery, 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. In this bank robbery everyone played cool and he left without harming anyone, but there were several opportunities for action if any of them were looking for them.

 

  1. 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 danger when it comes upon you. 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. In this bank robbery the man in the green shirt hit the silent alarm, but that didn’t keep anyone in the bank safe from the armed robber.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. 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. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. The lady at the counter in this bank robbery stood there when she easily could have run away, and I encourage us all to learn from that to take the opportunities that present themselves!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Scary Home Invasion Caught On Camera

Your home is your castle, but don’t let it become your coffin! You can’t turn your Active Self Protection off when you get home, as this home invasion shows. Does this video make you reconsider carrying a firearm at home, or getting some significant empty-handed skills training?

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

 

News story and original video here: http://get-asp.com/qwzh

 

How do I protect my family in a home invasion?

 

  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. This home invasion came a week after this business owner was targeted a first time, so she had to know that more bad stuff could be coming her way. That’s probably why she was aware.

 

  1. 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. This woman definitely was aware of her surroundings, and that awareness gave her almost four seconds to protect herself from the home invasion, which is a lot of time in a fight.

 

  1. 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. We say that doorways are transitional spaces because they take our attention away and make us stop a moment to open the door, which can provide attackers with an opportunity for ambush. Be a bit more cautious when entering transitional spaces! This home invasion certainly was planned at the doorway because of the opportunity it presented.

 

  1. You must consider home defense in your planning and personal protection. Having a deadbolt that is simple and fast to operate is a good idea; something like this can be what you need: http://amzn.to/1Lminbn. In a fight for your life you want simple, fast, and easy defensive solutions.

 

  1. Even in a gunfight, empty-handed skills are important because many gunfights close to “extreme close quarters” or “bad breath distances.” Knowing how to protect your firearm from being taken, and how to win the fight that you’re actually in rather than the fight you want to be in, is crucial. If this woman had empty-handed skills and the ability to take a firearm away from an attacker, or even to hurt him significantly at close quarters, this home invasion might have ended very differently.

 

  1. 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. If you’ve never had someone in your space like this it will be very difficult to defend yourself, but if you’ve done it over and over in training, you will have the emotional fitness to act.

 

  1. 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 danger when it comes upon you. 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.

 

  1. In the moment of need, the old saying goes that you will not rise to the occasion but fall to the level of your training. Usually, you’ll fall to the level of your WORST DAY in training. That means you want to train hard, train regularly, and make no excuses (to paraphrase one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock) so that your worst day is good enough for the fight you’re in.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

 

Carjacking Derailed By Armed Victim

You don’t get a lot of time to think and plan in a carjacking. It’s not time to formulate, it’s time to put your training to work and use the Active Self Protection you’ve built before. This guy had it down pat!

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

 

Original video here: http://get-asp.com/4e8n

 

How do I protect myself from carjacking?

 

  1. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. This carjacking ended well for the victim in no small part because he put his first shot on target. Marksmanship matters, so work on your marksmanship.

 

  1. 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. This carjacking ended well because the victim had enough warning from being aware that he could effectively respond!

 

  1. 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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. The carjacking victim here saw the ambush coming and so he was able to launch a counter-ambush.

 

  1. Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might face, which accounts for 2 misses and 3 shots on target for each. (of course, you never want to miss…I am just accommodating me on my worst day) This carjacking features three attackers, which means 15 shots in the gun is what I want to deal with it successfully in most cases. Consider how much capacity is enough for you.

 

  1. 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! This carjacking featured three attackers.

 

  1. I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. When you get in the car, lock the doors. If your car automatically unlocks the doors when you put it in park or shut the engine off, read your owner’s manual and change that setting. Your car door is a great barrier to keep between you and any potential carjacking, so keep it locked for your safety! This intended victim seemed to have his locked, so kudos to him.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Armed Robbery of Cash in Transit Guard Leads to Shootout

People ask me why I give the advice I do at Active Self Protection. It’s because, having watched hundreds of real-life defensive encounters, the truths of successful and unsuccessful self-defense surface again and again. This armed robbery showcases several!

 

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

 

Original video here: http://get-asp.com/ctsp

 

How do I protect myself in an armed robbery?

 

  1. 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. Here the nearby exit provided a transitional space for the armed robbery to happen, and that’s a place to be more aware and ready for a fight.

 

  1. 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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. This guard had precious little time as the armed robbery started to respond before the bullets started flying.

 

  1. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. Here we see that the first one to put an accurate shot on target often wins in an armed robbery. The lesson: shoot fast, but shoot accurately!

 

  1. In a gunfight, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gunfight because it is against every instinct you have when in mortal danger! People who focus too much on stance or isosceles vs. Weaver forget this fact, but as self-defenders we must know that we will be moving. So practice and train movement on the draw and fire. This is a great reason to have airsoft trainers and practice draw and move in your dry-fire regimen as well. Practice shooting from odd positions as well.

 

  1. 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! This armed robbery was at least 2-on-1, and we should expect at least that.

 

  1. While we know that shooting with both hands on the gun is best for recoil control and putting fast, accurate shots on target, we also know that it’s not always possible to do. We must train and prepare to use our firearm with both our gun hand and our guard hand in case of injury or incapacitation.

 

  1. Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might face, which accounts for 2 misses and 3 shots on target for each. (of course, you never want to miss…I am just accommodating me on my worst day) This victim shot 12 times at 2 armed robbers and still wasn’t out of the fight. Having a reload here might have let him stay in the fight, and having a firearm with a higher capacity than 12 might have as well. Higher capacity is good, so carry the highest capacity firearm that your local laws and concealment needs allows.
  2. Keep your firearm ready to fire. Some people carry their firearm with an empty chamber, but doing so is not recommended for several reasons. First, it assumes that you will have both hands available to you to draw your firearm, which isn’t necessarily the case. You might have a hand engaged or injured. Secondly, it assumes that you’ll have time to chamber a round in a gunfight, but gunfights are won and lost on tenths of seconds. Third, it assumes that you’ll have the dexterity to chamber a round under duress, though in the moment many times I have seen people fumble their chambering attempt. Keep your defensive firearm ready to fire, with a round in the chamber!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

 

Brutal Stabbing Caught On Camera

Being the victim of a stabbing like this is one of the scariest self-defense situations I think that anyone can get into. Practicing Active Self Protection can certainly help, but these kinds of life-and-death encounters are no joke.

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How do I protect myself from a stabbing like this?

1. Knife attacks do not happen like you’ve seen in Hollywood. They are brutal, fast, and mean. Stabbing attacks do not generally come from slashes or from any notice whatsoever, but tend to come from concealment and repeatedly stab at a rate of 2-3 stabs per second. They tend to come with the leveraging arm as we see here, and they don’t provide opportunity to gather your feet under you.

2. 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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. This stabbing was clearly predatorial violence, where the attacker doesn’t want you to comply with him, he wants you dead.

3. 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. Had this man had a firearm, it would not have saved his life until and unless he was able to protect himself from the stabbing he was being attacked with.

4. The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of people around watching this stabbing take place, but no one stepped in. You cannot count on anyone breaking the Bystander Effect to help you, especially if the attacker is armed and any help would be at a force deficit from it. Usually the best way to break the Bystander Effect is to have a force multiplication advantage, which is a great reason to keep your force multiplier on you at all times.

5. 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 God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today. This man, I am sure, wasn’t anticipating a stabbing that day and wasn’t anticipating dying. Be ready in advance.

6. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed attacker when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) 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. 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.

7. Many attackers use their support or guard side arm as a leveraging tool, holding their opponent with it either to guard their strong hand (with a force multiplier in it, often) or to put their intended victim at the preferred distance for their dominant hand to strike with maximum effect. 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.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)