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Store Owner Shoots At Fleeing Robbers

At Active Self Protection we are all about responsible, safe, legal firearms carriers protecting themselves and their loved ones. This, though, crosses the line morally and puts you and many others at risk. When do you think the best time to break off the conflict with these robbers was?

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Original video and news story: http://get-asp.com/j7pa

How do I protect myself from robbers?

1. An important part of spiritual fitness is knowing what you are willing and able to fight for. As bearers of the image of God, humans are uniquely valuable and it is always acceptable to protect human life, whether your own or someone else’s. Property is something else entirely, and while in some states it is legal in some instances to protect property with deadly force it is not acceptable ethically for self-defenders to use deadly force to protect stuff. If a robber threatens your person to take your possessions, then by all means stop them from harming you and end the threat to your life. But if they are not a threat to life or limb, don’t become a perpetrator yourself by using deadly force without proper justification. This store owner endangered a lot of people in his neighborhood to try to stop these robbers after they left, and that was unwise.

2. 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. Convenience stores are always transitional spaces, so if you work in one or visit one, be aware of your surroundings!

3. 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 robbers ambushed the store owner with speed and surprise, which isn’t uncommon.

4. 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 store owner needed those skills to protect himself from the robbers.

5. Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. Here the store owner had to retrieve the gun, which shows how useless a firearm can be against robbers if it’s not available in the moment.

6. 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!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

CCW Holder Escalates Argument To Deadly Force

Frankly this video just makes me angry. As a self-defender and concealed carrier, this is 100% what NOT to do. Active Self Protection ceases when it escalates argument into a deadly force encounter, and even though he “won the fight” I think he lost his dignity and his moral standing with his actions. How about you?

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Original video from the Tampa Bay PD: http://get-asp.com/1l64

How do I keep myself from having to use deadly force to protect myself?

1. 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 (doubly so for deadly force encounters), so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. This is always our first choice as self-defenders. This man chose instead to escalate the fight, which is not ethically allowable and will also land him in serious trouble legally.

2. 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. Here we see two rules broken, a stupid person doing stupid things.

3. 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! If this CCW holder had ground skills he might not have gotten into the deadly force position where he felt like his life was in danger and he needed to pull his firearm and threaten deadly force.

4. Ego is a killer. Your ego isn’t necessarily a terrible thing in that it helps you make your way in the world, but when your ego gets you into a fight, it can get you into trouble in a hurry. To paraphrase an old adage from the movie “Top Gun,” when your ego writes checks your skills can’t cash you end up in a bad spot. So as part of your spiritual fitness as a self-defender, check your ego and your need to be right and be in charge of others. Just let it go. Part of spiritual fitness is being at peace with yourself and with others such that you don’t need to act like this and show them what their faults are, so work on your spiritual fitness as well. Your ego is not worth fighting for.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

Caught on Camera: Man Loses Gun in Fight Against Armed Robber

These are the kinds of videos that should make every concealed carrier in America take stock of their ability to defend themselves if they carry a firearm. This shows the truth of what we talk about at Active Self Protection constantly, so are you ready to protect your firearm from being taken by an armed robber and used against you?

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.

Original video here: http://get-asp.com/328x

News story here: http://get-asp.com/bb7z

How do I protect myself from an armed robber?

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.

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. In this instance, the defender had a hard time weathering that storm and that’s what almost cost him his life against the armed robber.

3. 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 defender wasn’t particularly aware of someone behind him checking him out, who was about to become an armed robber. So be cautious!

4. 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.

5. 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!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

Thugs Rob and Brutally Sucker Punch Woman in Church

True evil exists in our world, and I would say that this robbery and sucker punch is a great embodiment of evil. At Active Self Protection we abhor videos like this, but recognize the value in reminding us all of the evil that exists in our world. Does your church have a security team to discourage these kinds of incidents and respond if they happen?

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.

UPDATE: The second suspect has been arrested: http://get-asp.com/h29j he was the dirtbag who threw the punch.

Original videos: http://get-asp.com/nk4n and http://get-asp.com/665p

How do I protect myself from a sucker punch?

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. Even in church, even if you’re a kindly old lady, evil can come your way. It’s a sad truth, but it is truth.

2. 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 narthex of a church is a transitional space because it is designed to get people in and out, and the number of people coming and going allows easier ambush. Be careful in transitional spaces.

3. 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 lady had little chance to weather that storm, but her story reminds us all that surviving the initial ambush is important.

4. 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. Knowing when a door opens to take a quick look so that you see who is coming your way is an important skill to practice.

5. 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! It was the second attacker here who really hurt the woman. Her purse is replaceable, but the harm she endured at the hands of the second is where the real damage is. Always be ready for multiple attackers.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

Guard Ambushed By Armed Robbers

These are the worst-case situations that test everything we do at Active Self Protection. If you can survive this attack by armed robbers, you can survive almost anything. So what do you think he could have done in this instance?

Original video: http://get-asp.com/lv4j

How do I protect myself from armed robbers?

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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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!

6. 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.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

Armed Robbers Stopped By Armed Victims

When I posted this one on Saturday, I missed an important detail about who the armed robbers actually were that changed the whole story. But the Active Self Protection community caught it and called me out on it, so I redid it. Thanks for being awesome and for keeping an eye out for me when I make a mistake. Does this video convince you to keep your tools on you all the time?

Original Video: http://get-asp.com/o3lc

How do I protect myself from armed robbers?

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 intended victims saw the armed robbers coming from a ways away, and that allowed them to prepare. That made all the difference!

2. 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. Walking down the street is definitely a transitional space according to the definition because of the ability to sneak up and ambush potential victims. Be more aware when you’re walking in public!

3. 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.

4. Keep your force multiplier on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. These men had their knives on their person so that when the armed robbers launched their attack, they were ready.

5. If you have a partner with you when you’re attacked (be it a LEO partner if you work on a team, or your spouse or martial artist buddy), you want to do everything you can to work as a team. Knowing each other well and communicating clearly will help you protect yourself from danger. This takes training and practice and commitment, but two partners working together present a formidable challenge to any attacker. These partners each dealt with a threat, even without much communication verbally. They knew instinctively that they had two armed robbers so they each went for one. Great teamwork!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

Concealed Machete Used In Motorcycle Theft

How would you have responded to this man pulling a machete out from concealment like that? I think that it would take some significant Active Self Protection to be emotionally and physically ready to successfully defend yourself in this instance. So could you?

Original video: http://get-asp.com/o3lc

How could I protect myself against someone with a machete?

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. Awareness might have kept these guys out of danger by not getting in range of the thieves to begin with.

2. 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 the moment against a man with a machete who could swing imminently, it would be very difficult to get to a firearm. Better to deal with the immediate problem with your hands, then get some range, and THEN get to the firearm.

3. 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.

4. 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! The man with the machete was only half the problem here!

5. Many attackers use their support or guard side arm as a gauging tool, holding their opponent with it to either 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. You have to train repeatedly as a self-defender against the gauging 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)

Terrifying Knife Attack Caught On Video

A real-life knife attack is a terrifying ordeal. This officer-involved confrontation out of the UK provides some interesting lessons in Active Self Protection for fighting off a knife attack. How would you have dealt with this attack?

Original video: http://get-asp.com/8bvk

News report of the attack: http://get-asp.com/1txg

How do I protect myself against a knife attack?

1. You just don’t see a knife attack happen like you’ve seen in Hollywood. A real knife attack is 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. In this instance the attacker was clearly not really intending to harm the officers because he easily could have.

2. You must know the range of your force multiplier and the range of various force multipliers that might be used against you. Knives are short-range, fast moving force multipliers. A baton is a medium-range, medium speed force multiplier. A pepper spray or CS gas canister is a long-range, medium speed force multiplier. To fight against an attack you want to have a force multiplier that is longer range, faster, or ideally both!

3. 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. The officers in this video both were emotionally fit and handled their business quite well!

4. If you have a partner with you when you’re attacked (be it a LEO partner if you work on a team, or your spouse or martial artist buddy), you want to do everything you can to work as a team. Knowing each other well and communicating clearly will help you protect yourself from danger. This takes training and practice and commitment, but two partners working together present a formidable challenge to any attacker. In this instance the partners worked together well, and it paid off for sure.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

Brutal Stabbing Over Car Accident Caught On Video

Would you have stepped in if you saw this stabbing happening, or stayed out of it? At Active Self Protection we talk a lot about making these decisions beforehand. Also, there are many lessons here for the victim in this!

Original video and news story of the incident: http://get-asp.com/dry5

How do we protect ourselves from stabbing?

1. You must always assume that you are on your own in a fight. Even in crowded places, you must assume that you and you alone are your defensive solution, and you must be the primary participant in your own rescue! The police can’t possibly get to you in time to protect you in a stabbing, and so you must be your own protector. You must have the attitude, skills, and plan to win the fight you’re in. This man kept trying to run to help, but there was no help to run to. You must decide to protect yourself in the moment!

2. 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.

3. 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. The attacker here switched between slaps, punches, and stabs but the stabbing came fast and furious.

4. 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.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

Empty-Handed Skills Are Critical For Firearms Carriers And This Is Why!

Do you honestly have what it takes to win this fight? At Active Self Protection we talk a lot about marksmanship as well as empty-handed skills, and this is a perfect example of why we do. So could you have prevailed here?

Original video and news story (Google Translate from Portuguese required): http://get-asp.com/a9xd

Why are empty-handed skills so important for self-defenders?

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.

2. 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. This guard found out the hard way that a gunfight is just a fight with a gun, and he didn’t have the fighting skills to win the fight when it closed to physical contact. That’s not a mistake you can make.

3. Marksmanship is important, and putting shots on target ends a good number of threats. However, even attackers who have been shot multiple times, and even attackers who are mortally wounded, can continue to fight for several minutes and continue to present a deadly threat to self-defenders. There are plenty of reports of jacked-up assailants being shot five or ten times (even with the .45ACP, the very Hammer of Thor itself to some people) and still being a threat. Your empty-handed skills might be the difference between being badly hurt by those guys and merely roughed up a little.

4. Your empty-handed skills come in training and practice, and 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. 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. Training in empty-handed skills regularly builds your emotional fitness, and that’s valuable!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.