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Store Owner Turns the Tables on Armed Robber

Do you think that this guy was wise to take the fight to the armed robber? Once he made the decision, he practiced excellent Active Self Protection in taking it to the armed robber for sure! Kudos to him for handling his business, and let’s learn some lessons from his victory.

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 of the armed robber taking a butt kicking: https://get-asp.com/8i34  The video is from the victim, who posted it for the world to see.

 

How do I protect myself from an armed robber?

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. Against this armed robber the defender clearly had some fighting skills and he waited until the armed robber put the gun away before acting. That made the threat to his person a lot less significant and tipped the balance of risk to reward in stopping the armed robber in my opinion!

 

  1. In the moment an armed robber attacks 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. This victim certainly waited for the right time to counter-ambush, and it worked to a tee. He waited until the gun was out of the fight before going after it with speed, surprise, and violence of action.

 

  1. 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. The victim here waited until the armed robber put the gun in his waistband, effectively deflecting it from being used, before going to work on the other parts of the Five Ds.

 

  1. If you have a firearm out, distance is your friend. A firearm has a functionally infinite range in a deadly force encounter. (yes, I know, that’s not 100% true…for the purposes of a self-defense fight, it is functionally true) If you are at contact distance to someone you have a firearm aimed at, you give them the ability to fight you for your firearm and negate the advantage you have. Therefore, if you have a gun on someone, stay out of range of their hands if at all possible! This armed robber got a second and third chance in the fight because the victim let him close distance. That might have been because in a significant sense he wasn’t willing to USE the gun on the armed robber, so it was an intimidation tool. If you won’t use it, get it out of the fight (drop the magazine, empty the chamber, then get rid of them) and don’t use it as an intimidation tool.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Armed Robber Gets Beat Down on Camera

Do you think that this guy was wise to take the fight to the armed robber? Once he made the decision, he practiced excellent Active Self Protection in controlling the fight and taking it to the armed robber for sure!

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 of the armed robber taking a butt kicking: https://get-asp.com/5pki I don’t have a news story or any more information, so if you do please send it to me so I can add it!

 

How do I protect myself from an armed robber?

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. Against this armed robber the defender clearly had significant fighting skills (looks like he knows jiu jitsu to me) and he waited until the armed robber put the gun away before acting. That made the threat to his person a lot less significant and tipped the balance of risk to reward in stopping the armed robber in my opinion!

 

  1. In the moment an armed robber attacks 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. This victim certainly waited for the right time to counter-ambush, and it worked to a tee.

 

  1. If you don’t have a force multiplier in the fight but the attacker does, to defend yourself you must know how to close the distance to get your hands into the fight. A firearm has significant distance advantage, and a smart attacker will keep it out of range from your hands. If you do choose to fight back, you MUST close the distance to get the gun out of the fight before he can use it against you. That usually will involve feigned compliance and redirection as well as waiting for the right opportunity to move. The armed robber in this video kept distance at the beginning of the attack and didn’t put himself in any kind of vulnerable position. The victim kept thinking, though, and kept looking for his chance to close the distance and make it a hand fight and not a gun fight.

 

  1. 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. The victim here waited until the armed robber put the gun in his waistband, effectively deflecting it from being used, before going to work on the other parts of the Five Ds.

 

  1. The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of people around here, but the defender was still on his own against the armed robber for about 11 seconds from his decision to act before the first bystander chipped 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. That said, once SOMEONE breaks the barrier and steps in, it usually gives others the courage to do the same because it’s safer for them.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Armed Robbery Stopped by Gutsy Employee

Would you have stepped in to stop this armed robbery or just let him smash and grab? If you choose to step in, you better have solid Active Self Protection principles to go with that commitment!

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 of this armed robbery being thwarted: https://get-asp.com/9n8s

 

I would love to find a news story on this one, so if you find one (my Google Fu in Chinese is nonexistent) post it in the comments and I will add it.

 

How do I protect myself from an armed robbery?

 

  1. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed robbery 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.

 

  1. In the moment an armed robber attacks you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the beginning of the armed robbery 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. This store employee did just that, and it was one of the keys to his success.

 

  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. Stores like this are by definition transitional spaces because they provide an easy entrance and exit for the armed robbery attempt.

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. In this armed robbery the employee picked a time when the threat was minimal to himself to act, which makes the “equation” a little better in his favor. Still, we must consider what we’re willing to enter into a potentially deadly force encounter for, and plan accordingly.

 

  1. Many times the best solution to being attacked (such as this armed robbery) is simply to run. Escape is a fine choice if nothing compels you to stand and fight! Clearly if you have kids or other vulnerable loved ones with you, you won’t be able to run away, but if that’s not an issue then running away may well be the best strategy available. If you can run from an attack and get to safety, then by all means do. The clerk in the top left ran away, while the clerk behind the right counter stood there and hoped for the best. If you can, RUN!

 

  1. Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders against an armed robbery or other attack. 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.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Knife Attack On Israeli Soldier Caught on Camera

Have you practiced and trained against a realistic knife attack? This is a real knife attack, and this is how they really happen. Practicing Active Self Protection can save your life if someone attacks you with a knife!

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 of the of the knife attack with details: http://goo.gl/xxslqE

What does this video teach us about fighting off a knife attack?

1. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed attacker such as a knife attack 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. In this knife attack the defender clearly got Deflect, and had Dominate, and at one point had a good Distract as well. But for whatever reason he didn’t progress to disarm, which left him in some trouble. Thankfully the news story says he got away and wasn’t severely wounded!

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. 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.

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. Against this knife attack, the rifle that the soldier had was functionally useless. He needed his empty-handed skills to win the fight!

5. Everyone likes to say, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.” But it’s equally true that you can’t bring a GUN to a knife fight! This knife attack shows that you have to win the knife fight before your firearm can come into play effectively. Trying to draw a firearm when someone is stabbing you with a knife is a great way to die, so work on your empty-handed skills to win the fight you’re in so that you can earn the right to draw your firearm and end the fight.

6. Keep your firearm ready to fire. Some people carry their firearm with an empty chamber (and this soldier had no magazine in the rifle, per his SOPs), but doing so is not recommended for several reasons if you can possibly avoid it. 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! Having your firearm ready to go, especially against a knife attack, is only smart planning.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

Active Shooter Caught on Camera

Certainly the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have brought to mind how regular people can protect themselves from an active shooter, and this video does show some strategies for that. Practicing Active Self Protection is certainly better than just waiting for your turn to die!

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 of the active shooter in Paris with a full interview with the lucky women: https://get-asp.com/2e09

 

While the Run, Hide Fight approach (popularized by Ready Houston: https://get-asp.com/x0en ) is good in general, it’s not always perfect. Greg Ellifritz has a good counterpoint to their approach here: https://get-asp.com/3grz. He also has some good advice for fighting an active shooter if you’re unarmed here: https://get-asp.com/dh8p.

 

How do I protect myself from an active shooter?

 

  1. First, I believe that the best response to an active shooter is to have the attitude, skills, and plan to defend yourself. That means being properly trained and appropriately armed. I know that the people of France are effectively disarmed, but this terrorist attack shows the folly of that strategy. (note that the active shooter somehow got his AK without a problem) Be trained, be armed if at all possible, be ready.

 

  1. To defend against an active shooter, 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. An active shooter is worst-case scenario emotionally, so being able to process it and stay mentally engaged to defend yourself is important.

 

  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 active shooter incident the women were unarmed, but had they had empty-handed skills they might have been able to disable that gunman!

 

  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 your loved ones and 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. An active shooter is by definition a time of deadly force, and you won’t get time then. So love your family and make peace with God so that you’re prepared on a spiritual level.

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from an active shooter. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from an active shooter when one 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. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it, especially with an active shooter. 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.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Religiously Motivated Violence Caught on Camera

This kind of video (any religiously motivated violence, frankly) angers me. Religiously motivated violence is never okay, and I say that wearing both my hat as the founder of Active Self Protection and my hat as the pastor of a Christian church.

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 of this religiously motivated beating: https://get-asp.com/8nj3

News story with details of the victim’s injuries: https://get-asp.com/yy05

 

What does this religiously motivated violence teach self-defenders?

 

  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 from religiously motivated violence or predatorial violence of any kind. 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.

 

  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. Nissar Hussain (the victim here) knew he was a target for religiously motivated violence because he had been targeted before. Being aware and alert is only wise.

 

  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 we can see the elements all come together. The car is a place of transition where attention gets diverted, giving attackers an element of surprise as well as an easy escape.

 

  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 Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. This religiously motivated violence showcases the same point that countless armed robberies and muggings show in this vein.

 

  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! And when there are multiple attackers who present unequal threats, as here, we must be prepared to handle the most dangerous threat first.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Store Owner Loses Fight For His Life to Armed Robber

It hurts my heart to see an armed robber murder a man like this. Please, friends, if you learn nothing more from Active Self Protection than awareness of your need to be prepared to protect yourself, I will consider my work to be worth it.

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 of the armed robber with scant details: https://get-asp.com/7ns0 (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 against an armed robber?

 

  1. Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. This store owner didn’t wake up expecting to be murdered by an armed robber! 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 your loved ones and 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 each decide what is worth protecting, and this attack brings that to mind as well. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the armed robber. This store owner’s life was at risk from the armed robber, so he could legitimately be defending his life here. But realize that you’re taking a risk when defending yourself.

 

  1. In the moment an armed robber attacks 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. The store owner did a good job here of waiting for his chance with the armed robber, even though it didn’t work out for him in the end.

 

  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. And as here against this armed robber, you might need those skills to get to your other tools!

 

  1. As one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, is fond of saying, the ground must be your friend and not your enemy against an armed robber. 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. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed robber 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.

 

  1. Many an armed robber uses 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 Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

 

This is why you want to stop a knife attack quickly

I feel like this knife attack goes on forever! At Active Self Protection we train and advocate to stop the threat as quickly as possible, and the reason is apparent here.

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 of the armed robbers with some details: https://get-asp.com/gp76 (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 against a knife attack?

 

  1. Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. Think about a pride of lions chasing wildebeest in Africa and you get the picture. They target the elderly, the young, and the sick for easier attack and greater success. Likewise, criminals pick victims who they think will not effectively resist them, or that the criminal can quickly overwhelm. This includes the elderly, the young (kids and early teens), the sick, and the distracted. Men (the overwhelming majority of attackers) also target women because women tend to be physically weaker than men. If you’re in a vulnerable population take extra precaution and train! This knife attack shows how bad guys don’t care if you’re not up to facing them!

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting, and this knife attack brings that to mind as well. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy.

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. This knife attack is very typical in that! They 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.

 

  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. And as here against this knife attack, you might need those skills to get to your other tools!

 

  1. This knife attack shows the importance of knowing 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. Firearms are extremely long-range, fast moving force multipliers. The bat that the victim used here is a medium-range, slow-moving force multiplier that requires significant space.

 

  1. 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.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

Armed Robbers Stopped by Gun-Wielding Defenders

If you saw these armed robbers from outside the store, would you step in? Of course, LEO will, but CCW holders don’t have to. Practicing Active Self Protection gives you the ability at least, and these guys did a fantastic job of ending the fight and chasing the armed robbers off.

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!

 

I can’t find the original video of the armed robbers getting their comeuppance; I know it’s from Polizia Di Stato (Italian State Police) but can’t find the original of this one. If you can find it (I don’t speak Italian so my Google Fu in Italian is nonexistent), please send it to me!

 

What do we learn here about fighting off armed robbers?

 

  1. Regular people really battle Normalcy Bias. Normalcy Bias is a mental state that causes people not to react to disaster, or to underestimate the ability of that disaster to affect them personally. In defensive encounters, Normalcy Bias makes people stand around in the danger zone and not take defensive action. These armed robbers had a whole store at gunpoint, and people stood around because they just couldn’t react! Don’t let Normalcy Bias happen to you.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone where there are armed robbers 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.

 

  1. Every person gets to decide who they are willing to protect. For some, their “flock” is only themselves and their immediate family. That’s an acceptable answer. For others, they are willing to protect their friends, coworkers, and extended family. For a few, it might mean being willing to protect anyone who is weak, powerless, and in need. Each of us must decide the size of our flock and have that decision firmly in mind when it is time to act. In this instance I am almost certain that the armed robbers were stopped by plainclothes police, but for those of us who are CCW not LEO, we need to think about the situations we will step into.

 

  1. If you have a firearm out because there are armed robbers in your immediate vicinity, distance is your friend. A firearm has a functionally infinite range in a deadly force encounter. (yes, I know, that’s not 100% true…for the purposes of a self-defense fight, it is functionally true) If you are at contact distance to someone you have a firearm aimed at, you give them the ability to fight you for your firearm and negate the advantage you have. Therefore, if you have a gun on someone, stay out of range of their hands if at all possible!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

Victim Seizes the Opportunity to Take the Gun from an Armed Robber

The first time I watched this victim outsmart this armed robber, I laughed out loud. He practiced great Active Self Protection! Would you have driven the armed robber off like this clerk did, or would you have used his gun to shoot him?

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Original video of the armed robber getting owned: https://get-asp.com/xfj9

 

What do we learn here about fighting off an armed robber?

 

  1. In the moment an armed robber attacks 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. The victim here waited for the right time, and seized his opportunity!

 

  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, as this armed robber drives home, 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. You might need to take his gun and use it!

 

  1. As a firearms user you must be able to effectively use your firearm to protect yourself from various dimensional stages of action. (there’s a great article on the basic, no nonsense draw stroke here and here) The most common use is position 4, or the “press out” position where your arms are extended and you are accessing your sights. But you must know how to use the gun in position 3 (compression ready) and in position 2 (retention ready) as well! That takes practice and training with a competent instructor, and it should involve force on force also. The armed robber had a chance in this instance to fight for the gun if he really wanted to because the victim used the press out position rather than compression to keep the gun away from him. Know all three firing positions!

 

  1. The goal in any defensive firearms use is to stop the threat. Never draw a firearm if you’re not willing to use it, but if the presence of the firearm stops the threat, don’t pull the trigger! If the bad guy flees or surrenders, that’s a very successful defensive firearm use and you’ve met the goal. The armed robber fled when his gun was taken, and that’s a successful defensive gun use (DGU) in my book.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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