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Assassination Caught On Camera

Honestly, how often do you allow your electronics to make you forget about the world around you? Lack of awareness allowed this assassination to happen, but practicing Active Self Protection could at least have given this guy a fighting chance.

Original video here (no info, though): http://get-asp.com/r164 (WARNING: this site is very, very NSFW and filled with adult content…strongest warning possible)

How do I protect myself from assassination?

1. Try hard not to make enemies that might want to murder you! Assassinations like this can happen from jilted lovers or crazy ex-business partners and the like, but the truth is that more often the “business” is drugs or other illegal stuff. Follow the Rules of Stupid (don’t go Stupid places, with Stupid people, at Stupid times, and do Stupid things) and you’ll not often have to worry about it.

2. When it’s beyond your control, you must practice situational awareness and threat assessment. You must operate according to the color code of awareness in condition yellow, not white. Yellow means you are aware of your surroundings. Live in condition yellow!

3. You cannot live in condition yellow with headphones on. This is non-negotiable. I know that many young people love to listen to music, watch Netflix, and play games, and smartphones make that easier and more desirable than ever, but it is terrible self-defense to be oblivious to the world around you. If you MUST use headphones, use only one so that you can still hear the outside world. For best results, keep your dominant ear open to the environment!

4. This means the payoff is this: put your phone in your pocket. Just do it. Keep your eyes on your surroundings, and if you’re in an internet café or a restaurant or whatever, be aware of who is coming and going and do your best not to spend long stretches of time with your back to the comings and goings of others. Had this man thought of his self-defense and been aware, he might have seen the first attempt and been able to defend himself effectively.

5. Assassinations don’t come out of the blue. If you’re in a situation where someone might have it in for you, you must be even more careful and not allow yourself to be ambushed like this.

6. Spiritual fitness is important, ASPers. It really is. You don’t often get to know the day that life ends in advance, so make peace with God before you need it.

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GRAPHIC: Real-Life Knife Attacks Caught On Video

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WARNING: GRAPHIC. Are you prepared for a real knife attack? Not a Hollywood scene, but a real life, honest-to-goodness knife attack? An awful lot of training I see out there is directed towards single attacks and telegraphed movement, but Active Self Protection exists to realities of attacks so that we can learn how to defend ourselves from what really happens.

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How do I protect myself against a knife?

  1. It takes great emotional fitness to really survive a knife attack when you’re unarmed. Emotional fitness, the ability to present a situation to ourselves so as to strengthen our inner self to face and overcome the situation, can be trained and must be maximized. It is scary stuff to fight against a knife-wielding attacker, but doing it in training again and again can give us confidence and inner strength to do so successfully. So hit the mat!
  2. Recognize that real-life knife attacks are fast, brutal, repeated, and not telegraphed. I see a lot of “knife techniques” in martial arts and combative schools taught against a single thrust with the assumption that the defender will stop the attack and disarm the attacker on the first strike, but that is not really realistic in my opinion unless you’re a master who gets really lucky as well. The best you can probably hope for in real life is to deflect the first attack and buy a brief moment to weather the ambush and regain composure for the second strike that is coming immediately.
  3. The Five Ds are the larger general principle to work on when facing an armed opponent, and this holds true for knife attacks again and again. Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable. If you practice them as principles to prioritize in self-defense they will certainly help you in a real fight.
  4. Empty-handed skills are crucial in surviving a knife attack. I carry a firearm every day and recommend that you do, too, but there is no way that you will be able to immediately draw a firearm in this kind of attack. You must have empty-handed skills to weather the ambush to get to your gun!
  5. Spiritual fitness is the foundational fitness and the foundation of covering your ASP. Several of these victims simply didn’t survive the ambush, and there is no guarantee any of us will either in a real ambush against a knife-wielding attacker. Make peace with God so that if today is your day to meet your Creator, you’re ready! And then train like you want that meeting to be a long ways down the road.

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