This airport attack was fast and scary, but thankfully ended well for the soldier because she had backup. You and I won’t. So we must be our own protectors!
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What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an attack from behind?
- Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things, and good people must be ready and willing to stand between them and innocent people and do enough violence to stop them definitively. No amount of negotiation will make truly evil people change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can.
- 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.
- Attackers often stalk their intended victims for some time, silently “interviewing” them to see if they are an easy target. (there’s a great article in Psychology Today about the psychology of victim selection…read it!) Criminals absolutely look for opportune people and opportune times to ambush easy prey, so the solution to that is not to look like prey! The common adage is true, “If you don’t want to be eaten, don’t look like food.”
- 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.
- It’s not all that uncommon for an armed robber or attacker to take a hostage, hold them from behind (usually with an arm around their neck), and put a gun to their head or knife to their neck. Therefore, it’s good strategy in your training to work extensively at disarming and disabling an attacker who has you in this kind of hostage condition! It’s a bad spot to be in, but knowing how to practice the Five Ds+1 in that situation can keep you alive. So go get training!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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