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Gas Station Robber Beats His Victim Badly

Gas Station Robber Beats His Victim Badly

This robber gave several pre-attack cues, and videos like this are why we say our Active Self Protection must be on point at the gas station!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this gas station robber? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

News stories from local news on the robber and the gas station: https://get-asp.com/rr73 and https://get-asp.com/tj61

 

What does this victim teach us about the realities of fighting a robber?

 

  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 victim was just walking to his car, minding his own business…and the robber chose him for whatever reason.
  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. I don’t know that the victim could have prevented the attack, but the robber might have chosen not to attack him if he had shown signs of preparedness like being aware.
  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. All gas stations are transitional spaces, and we must be aware of the higher incident of problems there from robbers and other attackers.

 

  1. If your awareness is solid, you should get plenty of pre-attack cues from a robber or other attacker. If you’re paying attention to your surroundings and the people in your vicinity it becomes a lot easier to see who is out of place! Look for people lurking and not doing what everyone else is doing, or covering their face or head when that’s not necessary (like inside or when it’s warm out). Watch for furtive glances which are an indicator that they are looking for potential witnesses to their actions. Check hands as well to see if they have anything in them or are hiding unnaturally in pockets. If you see a pattern that makes you uncomfortable, move from condition yellow to condition orange and take action to investigate or move to safety. The robber here gave several pre-attack cues!

 

  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. Here the victim was totally overwhelmed by the robber’s ambush, which took him completely out of the fight.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this robber, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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First-Ever Wisconsin CCW Defensive Gun Use Caught on Camera

First-Ever Wisconsin CCW Defensive Gun Use Caught on Camera

This video shows the first-ever defensive gun use by a CCW permit holder in Wisconsin. His gun fight shows us some significant Active Self Protection lessons!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this CCW gun fight? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

News story from local news on defensive gun use, with sentencing details on the criminal and details from the CCW holder: https://get-asp.com/l57o

 

Second news story with more on the CCW holder’s fight to get his gun back: https://get-asp.com/5680

 

What does this video teach us about the realities of using a gun in a deadly force encounter for CCW holders?

 

  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 man got his CCW permit and had his gun on him because he knew that he was his own first responder!
  2. 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. This CCW holder decided that his gun and his skills were for more than him and his wife, and that’s his right to decide. Those who decide to take a safer route and only protect their own family have that right, too!
  3. We must each be ready to face the cost of defending ourselves or others, as well as the cost of not defending. If you defend yourself, especially with a firearm, you might well face significant costs financially, socially, spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. You must be ready for those costs! The same holds true of defending others, and you must decide if the costs are worth paying for your family. You can expect to hire an attorney, spend time in jail perhaps, face social pressure from the media or family or your church, etc. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t step in, but it does mean that you have to count the cost and accept it. Certainly, to defend your life or the life of a family member, any cost is bearable. But whether you’re willing to pay that cost for a stranger is a matter for personal reflection and consideration. This CCW holder went through a LOT to get his gun back, had court dates, had to hire his own attorney at his own cost, etc. Count the cost of using your gun so that you are ready for it!

 

  1. Successful self-defense against many attacks involves a counter-ambush, where the victim finds the right opportunity to seize the initiative from the attacker and launch an ambush of their own. That involves thinking and knowing your own strengths and skill set, and being ready to strike the attacker when your opportunity for counter-ambush comes. It also means not allowing the attacker to see that attack until it’s launched. This CCW holder used a counter-ambush effectively, though it wasn’t as effective as it could have been because his gun malfunctioned.

 

  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. Before your Kung Fu, and before your Gun Fu, you should consider whether your best defense is Run Fu! The bystanders here all stood around; only the CCW holder took action. If you don’t have a gun (and sometimes, even if you DO have a gun), get out of the danger zone!

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this armed robbery, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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Home Invader Beats Mom Badly

Home Invader Beats Mom Badly

This home invader had an incredibly lengthy criminal history (link below), and people like this won’t stop because someone says so. They will only stop because someone has the Active Self Protection to stop them!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this home invader? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the home invader is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story with details on the criminal history and sentencing of this home invader: https://get-asp.com/b8gy

 

What does this surveillance video teach us about defending ourselves against a home invader?

 

  1. 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.
  2. If you can win “the fight before the fight,” you win. You win that fight by minimizing your potential for being attacked in the first place! That means making smart decisions and living a life of awareness and readiness so that you don’t take unnecessary risks. I am not blaming this mom one iota for her attack; I am simply saying that keeping your garage door closed and your exterior doors locked when you’re home is a wise idea to give you another line of defense against an attacker.
  3. 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 home invader was a seasoned criminal and was definitely looking for an easy target.

 

  1. There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them. This home invader is a clear case of predatorial violence. He used violence without hesitation.

 

  1. Parents must consider their children in their defensive plan. The younger the child, the more the parent(s) must consider how holding or dragging their child will affect their ability to protect both of them. Naturally, the more children you have the more you’ll be constrained in retreat or running, and the more you’ll have to “stick your foot in the ground” and defend yourself without retreat. This home invader was a real danger to the children the whole time he was there; thankfully he didn’t hurt them.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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Carjackers Murder Car Owner During Carjacking

Carjackers Attack Car Owner During Carjacking

Never assume that carjackers are simply willing to run. Ever. If you choose to fight, make sure your Active Self Protection is strong when you face carjackers. Your life might depend on it.

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this carjacking? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video with scant detail on the carjackers is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

What does this car owner teach us about protecting ourselves from carjackers?

 

  1. Your car is not a private space, and you must continue to think of yourself like you’re in public. If ever you wonder if people don’t think of themselves as in public in the car, pay attention to drivers in their cars and see how often they are picking their nose or singing along at high volume. Don’t let your smartphone take all your attention when you’re in the car, either! Think of yourself as walking down the street and pay attention accordingly. These carjackers got the jump because the car owner felt secure as the gate closed. Until it’s fully closed, you’re still at risk!

 

  1. If possible, park your car such that you can drive forward out of the parking spot. Cars are meant to primarily be driven forward, so park in such a way that if you need to go, you can go the way the car was meant to go! Yes, that might mean parking a few spots further away. Yes, that might mean backing your car into a parking spot, but either you back in or you back out, so choose to back in if possible. Forward parking might have given these car owners a lot more warning against the carjackers!

 

  1. Cars are constant transitional spaces. When they are moving, they’re really not, but when standing still your car is a likely place for carjackers to attack. When you’re getting in or out, your awareness generally suffers because you’re distracted, providing carjackers and muggers with opportunity to ambush you. When approaching the car when it’s parked in public, it can be used as a hiding place as well. When you’re stopped at a light you have a highly valuable commodity (the car itself) and can be ambushed and carjacked. Recognize the increased risk your car brings and keep your awareness high!

 

  1. People have to fight from their car more often than we care to think about. You should consider and prepare for fighting for your life and freedom while in the seats of your car! These kinds of skills can be practiced in a good force on force class and should prepare you to win against determined carjackers who means to harm you and yours in your vehicle.

 

  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. These carjackers straight murdered this man, who wasn’t thinking it would be his last day of life.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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Carjacking Thwarted by Armed Victim

Carjacking Thwarted by Armed Victim

Have you thought about your response to a carjacking attempt like this person experienced? I hope it’s part of your Active Self Protection, because they happen from New Jersey to New South Wales.

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like these armed robbers getting their just desserts? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the carjacking is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

What does this awesome response teach us about surviving a carjacking attempt?

 

  1. Your car is not a private space, and you must continue to think of yourself like you’re in public. If ever you wonder if people don’t think of themselves as in public in the car, pay attention to drivers in their cars and see how often they are picking their nose or singing along at high volume. Don’t let your smartphone take all your attention when you’re in the car, either! Think of yourself as walking down the street and pay attention accordingly. This carjacking almost went badly, and paying attention would definitely help with response time.

 

  1. Your car can be used as a very effective force multiplier if you are willing to use it in a carjacking or attack. While a handgun might deliver 300-500 ft-lbs of energy, a car delivers on the order of 200,000 ft-lbs of energy at 40mph. (calculate your car’s KE here: https://get-asp.com/swon if you’re a nerd like me!) Being behind the wheel with a deadly threat in front of you also puts the engine block between you and the threat; engine blocks are effective cover. It makes sense to use your car if you are in it to defend yourself.

 

  1. Cars are constant transitional spaces. When they are moving, they’re really not, but when standing still your car is a more likely place of carjacking or kidnapping attempt. When you’re getting in or out, your awareness generally suffers because you’re distracted, providing carjackers and muggers with opportunity to ambush you. When approaching the car when it’s parked in public, it can be used as a hiding place as well. When you’re stopped at a light you have a highly valuable commodity (the car itself) and can be ambushed and carjacked. Recognize the increased risk your car brings and keep your awareness high!

 

  1. People have to fight from their car more often than we care to think about. You should consider and prepare for fighting for your life and freedom while in the seats of your car in a carjacking attempt! These kinds of skills can be practiced in a good force on force class and should prepare you to win against a determined attacker who means to harm you and yours in your vehicle.

 

  1. If you can use your car to escape, that’s normally your best bet in a carjacking attempt. If you CAN’T use your car to escape for whatever reason (you’re blocked in, it’s dead, etc.) then it becomes a mobile coffin where you can’t really move, and you can’t freely maneuver to engage threats all around you. In that case, do what you can to get away from the coffin. Use the car as cover or concealment if you can, but don’t stay in the car if it’s not going to be moving.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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Shop Owner Uses Trained Attack Dog to Thwart Armed Robber

Shop Owner Uses Trained Attack Dog to Thwart Armed Robber

Do you think about layering your defense against an armed robber or other attack? I think that having multiple layers of defense is an important part of practicing Active Self Protection!

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like these armed robbers getting their just desserts? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the armed robber getting chewed up is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

What does this brave shop owner teach us about surviving against an armed robber?

 

  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. It’s interesting that this armed robber decided to attack outside the store, but that may have been where he felt he had the best chance to get the drop on the shop owner.

 

  1. A trained defensive dog is a very valuable part of your defensive plan against an armed robber or mugger or other attacker. Having a dog who knows how to protect you and your family is a great part of layered self- and home-defense, but recognize that most family pets are not trained as defensive animals. They might protect their territory or pack, but they CAN be very unpredictable if not well trained. A well-trained GSD or Belgian Malinois takes over a year of constant work to train, or $15,000 for someone else to train.

 

  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.

 

  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. If you run from an attack, don’t just run AWAY from danger. Run TO something. Run TO the corner where you can fight one at a time. Run TO a store where a guard can help you. Run TO your house where you can lock the door. Run TO a place where you can better defend yourself from attack. Running FROM danger is great, but running TO safety is better! Here the owner ran TO safety.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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Father Holding His Child Shoots Armed Robber

Father Holding His Child Shoots Armed Robber

Do you think about your children when you consider how you’d respond to an armed robber? If you’re a parent, your Active Self Protection MUST include planning with your children in mind about your response to an armed robber or other attacker.

Original video of the armed robber getting his just desserts: https://get-asp.com/nk2v

 

News story with details of the armed robber and intended victim (Google Translate from Portuguese required): https://get-asp.com/0v8x

 

What does this father teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robber, especially with children around?

 

  1. Parents must consider their children in their defensive plan, be it against an armed robber or any other attacker as well. The younger the child, the more the parent(s) must consider how holding or dragging their child will affect their ability to protect both of them. Naturally, the more children you have the more you’ll be constrained in retreat or running, and the more you’ll have to “stick your foot in the ground” and defend yourself without retreat. Thankfully the father knew what to do with his child when the armed robber launched the attack!

 

  1. If you have spiritual fitness by knowing what you’re willing to fight for and that you’re willing and ready to win the fight no matter what, you place yourself way ahead of almost any armed robber. Attackers are looking for victims and not looking for fights, so many times when an intended victim puts up a significant fight they will disengage and find other prey. This makes sense even in the animal kingdom where we often see an apex predator disengage from feisty prey for fear of injury. Being ready to defend yourself is a key in self-defense because that defense will often cause the armed robber to run. This is part of why spiritual fitness is so important to self-defense.

 

  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. Notice that the father waited until he could seize the initiative to fight the armed robber effectively.

 

  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. Usually the first person to put shots on target wins the gunfight. (not always, but usually) So putting the first shot on target every time and quickly is imperative. The father put his first volley of shots on target in the armed robber and ended the threat, and that is what our intent must always be!

 

  1. It is very easy in a deadly force encounter to get tunnel vision and forget that there might be additional threats nearby. That can be a deadly mistake to make! Make sure to break that focus on the immediate threat once it’s been sufficiently stopped and LOOK for any trailing accomplices or additional threats that might be coming your way. Once the first armed robber was in retreat, the father here started looking for more threats.

 

  1. If you have a spouse or significant other who isn’t a self-defender, it’s very important to teach them what their responsibility is if you ever have to use your firearm to defend you both against an armed robber or other attacker. The same holds true for children or elderly parents or anyone who you are around a lot who doesn’t practice ASP at all. My wife and kids know that if they see my firearm at all they need to get DOWN and, if possible, get away from me because I am about to draw fire. In the car they know to get low. Obviously a baby can’t be taught, but your spouse can!

 

  1. While a two-handed draw from concealment is faster and usually more accurate, there will be plenty of times when one hand is occupied or otherwise unable to assist with the draw. This might be because it’s engaged with your attacker, because you’re holding a child or protecting your loved ones with it, or because it’s injured or out of the fight somehow. Knowing how to draw your firearm with one hand, wherever it is carried, is an important skill for those instances! The father had to get his child into his support arm and then draw his firearm one-handed to use it against this armed robber.

 

  1. Your firearm will only come out when it’s the worst day of your life, so make sure that you can draw that firearm quickly and reliably. Vet your carry position so that you know without a doubt that you can get a full firing grip and get the gun out of the holster and into the fight without fail should an armed robber or other attacker threaten you. If you have to fumble to get the correct grip on the gun, change your carry setup until you can. Then train and practice until you can’t get it wrong. As the old saying goes, in a gunfight you have the rest of your life to get your gun in the fight, so get good at it.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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Attempted Kidnapping Caught on Camera

Attempted Kidnapping Caught on Camera

How would you have responded to this kidnapping attempt? Thankfully kidnapping like this is rare, but we still need to consider how we’d respond as part of our Active Self Protection.

Original video of the attempted kidnapping: https://get-asp.com/c9nb

 

News story of how the kidnapping was stopped: https://get-asp.com/s3u4

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an attempted kidnapping?

 

  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 kidnapping attempt, thankfully, was a very poorly timed and executed ambush that provided time for the mom to act.

 

  1. Parents must consider their children in their defensive plan. The younger the child, the more the parent(s) must consider how holding or dragging their child will affect their ability to protect both of them. Naturally, the more children you have the more you’ll be constrained in retreat or running, and the more you’ll have to “stick your foot in the ground” and defend yourself without retreat in many situations. Also, as this kidnapping shows, as the parent you have to be the defender of your children!

 

  1. If you have spiritual fitness by knowing what you’re willing to fight for and that you’re willing and ready to win the fight no matter what, you place yourself way ahead of most attackers. Attackers are looking for victims and not looking for fights, so many times when an intended victim puts up a significant fight they will disengage and find other prey. This makes sense even in the animal kingdom where we often see an apex predator disengage from feisty prey for fear of injury. Being ready to defend yourself is a key in self-defense because that defense will often cause the bad guy to run. This is part of why spiritual fitness is so important to self-defense and quite evident in this attempted kidnapping.

 

  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. The police officer just HAPPENED to be in the parking lot in this kidnapping attempt, and therefore was able to take the suspect into custody, but note that he couldn’t stop it from happening to begin with.

 

  1. Never, ever, under any circumstances allow yourself to be taken to a second location; nothing good comes of a kidnapping. The odds of terrible things happening to you rise exponentially when an attacker is allowed to get you isolated and in private. You must make the decision that if an attacker tries to take you to a second location that you will fight to the death to prevent that. This takes spiritual fitness, the courage to know what you’re willing to fight for.

 

  1. One significant strategy that works (if you don’t have tools or skills to mount a more effective defense) to keep from being taken to a second location in a kidnapping is to drop to the ground and use your legs to keep the kidnapper from moving you. Nothing good happens at the second location, so dropping to the ground can keep you from being moved! The way I talk about it is this: have you ever tried to pick up a toddler who didn’t want to be moved? It’s TOUGH! Now think about doing it to an adult. Flop down, stay on your back, and use your legs to kick the attacker off. Jiu jitsu practitioners use this strategy when grounded pretty routinely.

 

  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!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Caught on Camera: Tourists Attacked and Badly Beaten by Locals

Caught on Camera: Tourists Attacked and Badly Beaten by Locals

Do you like to travel internationally as a tourist? I do, but I know that practicing Active Self Protection is an important part of my trip preparations. (my wife and I are actually going to Thailand next year!) Tourists need to think about where they’re going and what threats they may face as they prepare for their trip.

Original video of the tourists being attacked: https://get-asp.com/u2io

 

News story of the suspects being arrested for attacking the tourists: https://get-asp.com/r0kk

 

What does this video teach us about our self-defense as tourists?

 

  1. If you can win “the fight before the fight,” you win. You win that fight by minimizing your potential for being attacked in the first place! That means making smart decisions and living a life of awareness and readiness so that you don’t take unnecessary risks. Tourists must take precautions to know the local customs and to keep from getting so drunk that they offend the locals where they are. Simple as that. I am not blaming the tourists for starting this fracas, but they certainly could have avoided it if they were thinking.

 

  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. Getting drunk in a foreign country violates at least 2 rules of Stupid, because #4 is a given here (being drunk in public) and when you do that in a place you’re unfamiliar with, you combine it with #1. These tourists violated at least 2. Be smart as tourists and don’t violate the Rules.

 

  1. A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. This is triply important for tourists! You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. Having good situational awareness will give you more time and opportunity to see problems coming and formulate a plan to stay away and protect yourself without danger to yourself or others. This is always our first choice as self-defenders.

 

  1. The first pillar of lawful, moral self-defense is “innocence.” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ) Innocence requires that we not be the instigator of the fight and that we not be the aggressor or the perpetrator. In some states when we attempt to leave or run we can re-establish innocence in self-defense, but states differ on that. Regardless, getting into a fight is a poor basis for a self-defense claim later, so always live in such a way that innocence isn’t a problem for you. The news story says that the locals claim that one of the tourists started the physical altercation by slapping one of the locals. At the very least, the tourists pushed the locals some…that puts innocence in doubt as far as the physical altercation. That doesn’t justify what the locals did to the tourists, but it certainly does speak to their innocence as victims.

 

  1. These tourists really needed some 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. Here emotional fitness would have helped them understand that they were not in a situation where they could win a fight, and to swallow their ego, apologize, and carry on.

 

  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. Thai culture is all about taking care of one another, and their police are known for fairly rapid response, but still these tourists were all taking naps before anyone could come to save them. You’re the agent of your own rescue.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Home invasion beginning

Home Invasion Stopped by Family Dogs

Do you have a layered approach to protecting against home invasion? I don’t have much background on this attempted home invasion, but the homeowner at least has enough Active Self Protection to have multiple layers to his home defense! I have dogs as part of my defensive plan as well.

Original video of the home invasion from the uncle of the homeowner: https://get-asp.com/0iu6

 

What does this video teach us about protecting ourselves against 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. The fact that you CAN be the victim of home invasion should lead each of us to prepare for a home invasion in appropriate ways.

 

  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 home invasion started from ambush when the first guy started kicking doors down, but the homeowner was ready!

 

  1. 100% of home invasions happen at home, and most people feel fairly secure in their home. That’s great, but a home invasion happens in just a few seconds. Therefore, your home invasion plan must include providing you with enough time and space to repel the home invaders by getting to your force multiplier and getting it into the fight. That usually involves a layered approach that makes it harder to enter the home to give you some warning and some time.

 

  1. A layered approach to home invasion defense is smartest. Start by making it difficult to get into your home by locking your doors and not providing good hiding places for home invaders to break in stealthily. If possible, use a shatter-proof film on your windows so that they cannot be easily broken. (this is great stuff and fairly cheap at about $9 per window: http://amzn.to/1XuaIPb) These solutions will give you time to hear a home invasion as it begins and get yourself in the best place possible to respond.

 

  1. Door reinforcement is a cheap and easy way to make a home invasion much harder. Home invaders love to simply kick your door down, and most exterior doors are really easy to kick in. (don’t believe me? https://get-asp.com/gt3m shows how easy it is) Reinforcing your door jamb is a cheap and easy way to really improve your defense against a home invasion (get a kit here: http://amzn.to/22GQRvo) Failing that, at LEAST use large, 3” screws to secure your door and lock (http://amzn.to/22GQnFv has them); that fix takes about 2 minutes per door and makes it MUCH harder to kick a door in all by itself.

 

  1. Many people use their dogs as part of their home invasion plan, and that’s great. The dog doesn’t need to necessarily be a guard dog, though if you want to take the time and expense to train an effective guard dog that’s a fantastic solution. Even a family pet can be an effective early warning system to give you a loud report that something is entering your home, which then would allow you to get to your tools and get in the fight. A dog or dogs isn’t the end-all solution to home invasion, but they can be an effective part of it!

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from a home invasion. 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. This home invasion was over in 30 seconds, so your plan needs to be that you are your own protector.

 

  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! Home invasion (when someone is home, as distinct from burglary when no one is home) is often done by multiple attackers, and we should be ready for that eventuality.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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