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Bus Driver’s Fight With Knife-Wielding Passenger Caught on Camera

I think that this bus driver did a pretty phenomenal job of staying in the fight as long as it took! (the original video is almost 13 minutes long) Do you have the Active Self Protection as well as the gas in the tank to win a fight like this?

Original video of the fight: https://get-asp.com/vphv

 

What does this video teach us about winning a fight against a knife-wielding attacker?

 

  1. Fights are physically demanding. Sure, a pure gunfight might last 10 seconds and not place a huge burden on you physically, but the vast majority of encounters we see here at ASP involve physical self-defense as well. Getting into a honest-to-goodness fight with someone is incredibly physically demanding, so being physically fit is an important part of maximizing your chances to protect yourself. Fit people are harder to beat and harder to kill! The bus driver here was a large guy, but notice that he had the stamina to stay in the fight and didn’t fade as the fight continued. That’s what you need…your “shape” isn’t as important as your condition, if you get my drift. (anyone want to fight Roy Nelson?)

 

  1. You must be able to fight and defend yourself from all different stages of action. One of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, likes to say that we must be able to fight wherever the fight happens to be! So whether we are at contact stage (just able to come in physical contact with our attacker), penetration stage (where attacks can contact and penetrate significantly), or manipulation stage (a clinch or similar where joint and body manipulations are possible), we must be able to use effective technique to protect ourselves. This entire fight was at the manipulation stage, and having clinch fighting and grappling and wrestling and jiu jitsu skills are important in this kind of fight.

 

  1. 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. This bus driver showed great emotional fitness in staying in the fight and not getting shanked!

 

  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. Even if the bus driver had a gun, he didn’t have time or distance to draw it in this fight. You must win the fight you’re in, not just the fight you WANT to be in.

 

  1. 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. You can’t count on getting help from anyone in the periphery of your encounter, and if help comes you should see it as an addition not as a necessity. You must protect yourself.

 

  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. This bus driver had to fight a man with a knife for 12 minutes before officers arrived. That’s a LONG time.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Armed Robbery Turns Into Knife Fight

There aren’t too many honest-to-goodness knife fights out there…most we see are knife attacks. This is the exception! The store owner did a pretty good job of practicing Active Self Protection and not being victimized in my opiniong!

Original video of the armed robbery: https://get-asp.com/wqn9

 

News story on the armed robbery: https://get-asp.com/id5w note that the news story says that the good guy lost his knife in the fracas!

 

What does this video teach us about protecting ourselves in an armed robbery?

 

  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. The officer did a good job of riding out the initial ambush to the place where he could get control of the armed robbery.

 

  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. This armed robber was a threat to life, and so the store owner was 100% justified in defending himself!

 

  1. 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. This knife attack became a knife FIGHT, which is something else entirely.

 

  1. 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. Firearms are extremely long-range, fast moving force multipliers. The best solution to a knife attack is to keep at distance so you’re out of range of the knife attack!

 

  1. Please keep your force multiplier on your person. The store owner here was very lucky that he could get to his knife, but that luck isn’t always on your side. So keep your gun or knife on you!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Victim Shoots Knife-Wielding Attacker

The old adage about bringing a knife to a gunfight is true, but at Active Self Protection we say that videos like this show that you’ve got to win the knife fight before you can make it into a gunfight!

Original video of the knife-wielding attacker being shot: https://get-asp.com/3pv7

 

How do I protect myself from a knife attack?

 

  1. 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 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.

 

  1. The Tueller Drill is a widely known standard for gun carriers against a knife attack, which states that an attacker can cover 21 feet in 1.5 seconds to get to their target. If the gun carrier doesn’t have their gun out and ready, they will get stabbed trying to get their gun in a fight. This has led to the “21 foot rule”, though it has been revisited by Sgt. Tueller and found to be more of a guide and principle than a rule. At any rate, in a knife attack, recognize that a knife-wielding attacker can be a deadly threat from a significant range, and recognize that they can close that distance very quickly. Get your firearm out and on target as soon as you recognize a threat!

 

  1. It is unrealistic to think that you can escape a knife attack unscathed; the old adage says that the loser of a knife fight dies at the scene while the winner dies on the way to the hospital. Rather, you should expect to be cut and expect to be hurt defending yourself against a knife attack. If you get to the hospital with a pulse there’s over a 92% chance you’ll live through the encounter, so keep fighting even when you’re hurt!

 

  1. It’s important to be trained and ready to protect yourself against a knife attack as it is against an attack with a firearm. FBI homicide data says that about 4 times the number of people are killed with handguns as with knives, but since gunshots are about four times more fatal than knife wounds, it means the number of attacks are probably similar! (if you look at the FBI data, hands and feet kill a lot of people, too!) This leads us to the principle that we must be ready for knife attacks that begin at close distance, and have the empty-handed skills to defend ourselves.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. It takes great training to do successfully, but it’s worth noting that moving backwards should be our least preferred method of gaining distance in a gunfight. When you’re moving backward with a threat in front of you it is very easy to hit an obstacle and lose your footing, which allows the threat to close the distance while you’re off balance. If possible, move diagonally or laterally to get “off the line” of attack and still engage the threat with your firearm.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Clerk Fights Off Armed Robber With a Machete

Anyone else watch this and think of the old Crocodile Dundee line, “That’s not a knife…THAT’S a knife!” This clerk practiced pretty good Active Self Protection, drove the armed robber off, and wasn’t hurt. I think she did a great job!

Original video of the armed robber meeting his match: https://get-asp.com/yd0w

 

How do I protect myself from an armed robber?

 

  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 an armed robber, 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. 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.

 

  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. This convenience store is a transitional space by definition, so she was wise to be ready to be attacked.

 

  1. Keep your force multiplier on your person if at all possible! Plenty of people keep a firearm or a knife stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, but in the moment of need against an armed robber you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. This clerk did just fine and I am not against what she did at all, but recognize that she was lucky that the armed robber hesitated.

 

  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.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Knife Attack with Multiple Victims Caught On Camera

Are you prepared to effectively defend yourself against this kind of knife attack? This level of intensity and intent? This fast? Your Active Self Protection needs to be up to the task to possibly protect yourself in this scenario!

Video of the knife attack with some details from local news: https://get-asp.com/t4bq

 

How do I protect myself from a knife attack?

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. It is unrealistic to think that you can escape a knife attack unscathed; the old adage says that the loser of a knife fight dies at the scene while the winner dies on the way to the hospital. Rather, you should expect to be cut and expect to be hurt defending yourself against a knife attack. If you get to the hospital with a pulse there’s over a 92% chance you’ll live through the encounter, so keep fighting even when you’re hurt!

 

  1. It’s important to be trained and ready to protect yourself against a knife attack as it is against an attack with a firearm. FBI homicide data says that about 4 times the number of people are killed with handguns as with knives, but since gunshots are about four times more fatal than knife wounds, it means the number of attacks are probably similar! (if you look at the FBI data, hands and feet kill a lot of people, too!) This leads us to the principle that we must be ready for knife attacks that begin at close distance, and have the empty-handed skills to defend ourselves.

 

  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. This knife attack, while surprise, didn’t come completely out of the blue! He had enough warning to avoid the first stab, which was helpful to say the least.

 

  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 woman didn’t escape the ambush unscathed, but she did escape it alive and that was enough.

 

  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.

 

  1. Even if you’re injured, you must stay in the fight and not stop as long as you have consciousness. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of injury and still function, so never stop fighting just because you’re injured! Even if you’re shot or stabbed, you have a 67-95% chance of surviving! (https://get-asp.com/ew3l and https://get-asp.com/p0hn give the details) So practice emotional fitness by knowing that even if the bad guy gets the jump and you’re injured, you’re still in the fight and still likely to survive if you take definitive action to protect yourself.

 

  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.

 

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Officer Involved Shooting Teaches Important Lessons for Surviving a Knife Attack

So, after watching this knife attack, do you still think that standing flat-footed at the range will prepare you to face a real deadly threat? Practicing Active Self Protection means being ready for realistic deadly force encounters, and this suicide by cop certainly shows us some significant lessons for our training!

Original video of the knife attack with more information: https://get-asp.com/ftro

 

News story with more, including a picture of the knife used in the knife attack: https://get-asp.com/9njo

 

How do I protect myself against a knife attack?

 

  1. The Tueller Drill is a widely known standard for gun carriers against a knife attack, which states that an attacker can cover 21 feet in 1.5 seconds to get to their target. If the gun carrier doesn’t have their gun out and ready, they will get stabbed trying to get their gun in a fight. This has led to the “21 foot rule”, though it has been revisited by Sgt. Tueller and found to be more of a guide and principle than a rule. At any rate, in a knife attack, recognize that a knife-wielding attacker can be a deadly threat from a significant range, and recognize that they can close that distance very quickly. Get your firearm out and on target as soon as you recognize a threat!

 

  1. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth. This attacker was mortally wounded, shot multiple times, and continued to be a deadly threat of knife attack for several seconds.

 

  1. In a gunfight, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gunfight because it is against every instinct you have when in mortal danger! People who focus too much on stance or isosceles vs. Weaver forget this fact, but as self-defenders we must know that we will be moving. So practice and train movement on the draw and fire. This is a great reason to have airsoft trainers and practice draw and move in your dry-fire regimen as well.

 

  1. It takes great training to do successfully, but it’s worth noting that moving backwards should be our least preferred method of gaining distance in a gunfight. When you’re moving backward with a threat in front of you it is very easy to hit an obstacle and lose your footing, which allows the threat to close the distance while you’re off balance. This officer did his best, but his tumble reminds us that a knife attack is hard to avoid from our back! If possible, move diagonally or laterally to get “off the line” of attack and still engage the threat with your firearm. In this case that would have meant the officer going into the street which could have led to all kinds of different problems for the officer as well. It’s contextual and situational, but our bodies are not designed to move backward quickly, and fast movement is what we will do under a deadly threat.

 

  1. Our goal as self-defenders is to stop the threat; this officer stopped the knife attack and then stopped shooting. We are not vigilantes and we are not out to kill, we seek to stop the threat against us. Shooting to wound will not stop the threat reliably, and neither will shooting an attacker in an extremity. The only reliably means to stop an aggressor who means us death or grievous bodily harm is to put shots in the center of their available mass to cause nervous system collapse or bleeding out. (exsanguination is the technical term)

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Brutal Knife Attack Finally Stopped By Brave Bystanders

Would you have stepped into this knife attack if you were one of the bystanders? Working on your Active Self Protection means thinking about whether to intervene in a knife attack, and if it comes your way knowing how to protect yourself from it.

Original video of the knife attack with scant information: https://get-asp.com/233u if you have more information on the attack please send it to me!

 

How do I protect myself from a knife attack?

 

  1. Knife attacks do not happen like you’ve seen in Hollywood. They are brutal, fast, and mean. A knife attack does not generally come from slashes or from any notice whatsoever, but tends to come from concealment and repeatedly stab at a rate of 2-3 stabs per second.

 

  1. If you know there might be danger around, you cannot stand there flat-footed with your hands at your side. That’s a great way to die. Instead, if you think danger might be coming but not imminent, get your hands up protecting your head, neck, and chest. I do this by tucking one hand under the other elbow, and the free hand on my chin as if I were in deep contemplation. Others do it using the “interview position” with both hands as if they’re holding a pad and pen. Getting your hands up shaves split seconds off of your reaction time, but that might make the difference between life and death if you can prepare whether against a single attacker or multiple attackers.

 

  1. It’s important to be trained and ready to protect yourself against a knife attack as it is against an attack with a firearm. FBI homicide data says that about 4 times the number of people are killed with handguns as with knives, but since gunshots are about four times more fatal than knife wounds, it means the number of attacks are probably similar! (if you look at the FBI data, hands and feet kill a lot of people, too!) This leads us to the principle that we must be ready for knife attacks that begin at close distance, and have the empty-handed skills to defend ourselves.

 

  1. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against 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 it’s important to see that the knife switched hands and remember that dominating the tool and arm means keeping it from switching!

 

  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!

 

  1. Even if you’re injured in a knife attack, you must stay in the fight and not stop as long as you have consciousness. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of injury and still function, so never stop fighting just because you’re injured! Even if you’re shot or stabbed, you have a 67-95% chance of surviving! (https://get-asp.com/ew3l and https://get-asp.com/p0hn give the details) So practice emotional fitness by knowing that even if the bad guy gets the jump and you’re injured, you’re still in the fight and still likely to survive if you take definitive action to protect yourself.

 

  1. The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of people around here, but no one stepped in until one brave bystander broke the effect. 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. Once someone breaks the Bystander Effect others will likely join in, so if you can and if it’s wise, don’t hesitate to be the first.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Knife Attack in Israel Shows Why You Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

Have you trained against a knife attack in any meaningful way, to know what the distances are? Thankfully this Israeli police officer did what it took to stop the knife attack and protect himself from being stabbed! This one shows us several Active Self Protection lessons, and it’s valuable for us to use in our own training to protect ourselves.

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 knife attack: https://get-asp.com/9ybm

 

How do I protect myself against a knife attack?

 

  1. The Tueller Drill is a widely known standard for gun carriers against a knife attack, which states that an attacker can cover 21 feet in 1.5 seconds to get to their target. If the gun carrier doesn’t have their gun out and ready, they will get stabbed trying to get their gun in a fight. This has led to the “21 foot rule”, though it has been revisited by Sgt. Tueller and found to be more of a guide and principle than a rule. At any rate, in a knife attack, recognize that a knife-wielding attacker can be a deadly threat from a significant range, and recognize that they can close that distance very quickly. Get your firearm out and on target as soon as you recognize a threat!

 

  1. 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. Firearms are extremely long-range, fast moving force multipliers. If you have a firearm out against a knife attack, 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 knife if at all possible!

 

  1. In a gunfight, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gunfight because it is against every instinct you have when in mortal danger! People who focus too much on stance or isosceles vs. Weaver forget this fact, but as self-defenders we must know that we will be moving. So practice and train movement on the draw and fire. This is a great reason to have airsoft trainers and practice draw and move in your dry-fire regimen as well. In this knife attack the soldier instinctively knew that he had to move away from the attacker so that he had the time and distance to end the threat.

 

  1. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth. This knife attack was stopped because the soldier put multiple shots on target quickly to drop the threat, and when he saw the threat was not completely stopped he put more shots on target to end it more surely.

 

  1. It takes great training to do successfully, but it’s worth noting that moving backwards should be our least preferred method of gaining distance in a gunfight. When you’re moving backward with a threat in front of you it is very easy to hit an obstacle and lose your footing, which allows the threat to close the distance while you’re off balance. If possible, move diagonally or laterally to get “off the line” of attack and still engage the threat with your firearm. In this knife attack the soldier thankfully got shots on target JUST before he tripped on the curb, which kept him from being stabbed. But his fall reminds us of the danger of moving backwards when a threat presents itself!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Terrorist Knife Attack On IDF Soldier Stopped By Armed Rabbi

Is a firearm a useful tool in a knife attack? Absolutely…once you can get it into the fight! This rabbi was on site to deliver Hanukkah presents to these soldiers, and thank God that he was not only armed, he had his Active Self Protection covered.

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 significant details: https://get-asp.com/wxvu

Second news story on the knife attack: https://get-asp.com/puri

 

The fact that the defender was a rabbi isn’t in the news stories; ASP fan Moshe sent me the details. Here’s the story from him: in light of the recent spate of terrorism, a local rabbi offered to buy a firearm for any rabbi who wanted to get his carry license, and the rabbi in the video took him up on the offer a few days before. I am sure he was glad he did, and that soldier sure is!

 

How do I survive a knife attack?

 

  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 a knife attack you likely will not have the time to get to your gun before you can fight your way to it.
  2. 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. This knife attack also shows that if you have distance (like the rabbi does), you’re in a gunfight, not a knife fight.

 

  1. The goal in any defensive firearms use is to stop the threat. The threat here was from a knife attack, and once they put him down the threat ended. Good work stopping 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. If the first and second shot stops the threat, then it’s time to stop shooting and take follow up action. In this knife attack it took EIGHT SHOTS to stop the threat, and so the rabbi kept firing. That’s how you do it. Shoot until the threat ends.

 

  1. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth. This knife attack went on for six seconds after the first shot was fired. SIX SECONDS. That’s an eternity.

 

  1. 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. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. I wouldn’t be worried about the terrorist in this knife attack, but both the soldier and the guy who helped him needed medical attention right away. Learn first aid skills!
  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. Firearms are extremely long-range, fast moving force multipliers. If you have a gun facing a knife attack, stay at distance! The rabbi closed distance to be able to take better shots, but he kept out of range of a knife attack and that was wise. Know your force multiplier and use its advantages and minimize its disadvantages.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

Knife Attack Teaches Several Important Lessons for Self-Defenders

Was this a terrorist attack, or was it suicide by cop? Hard to tell, but stopping a knife attack is a scary, chaotic event. That’s doubly the case when there are multiple defenders as there are here! Practicing Active Self Protection means you’re trained and equipped to think about the lessons this incident teaches us all, and you can use them to save yourself and innocents in a moment of need.

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Original video of the of the knife attack with significant details: https://get-asp.com/btys (I was able to read it the first time I clicked, but after that it required a login…not sure why)

 

A second news story on the knife attack that says it was suicide by cop and not terrorism: https://get-asp.com/zuy0 I am not sure which is correct here.

 

How do I survive a knife attack in a crowded area?

 

  1. 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 like this knife attack. This takes training and practice and commitment, but two partners working together present a formidable challenge to any attacker. In this knife attack there were obviously MANY defenders, and clear communication was very important (and seemingly sketchy).
  2. The rules of firearm safety apply whether you’re training or fighting for your life against a knife attack or any other. One of the most difficult to follow in a real life gunfight is Colonel Cooper’s Rule #4: be sure of your target and what lies beyond it. It is exceedingly difficult to do, but self-defenders must stay aware of what is behind their threat so that they take minimal risks to innocents when defending themselves. There were innocents EVERYWHERE in this video, and minimizing friendly fire potential and danger to bystanders was difficult at best. This is why movement is so important and continually being aware not only of your threat but of your environment.

 

  1. The goal in any defensive firearms use is to stop the threat. The threat here was from a knife attack, and once they put her down the threat ended. Good work stopping shooting! 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. If the first and second shot stops the threat, then it’s time to stop shooting and take follow up action.

 

  1. You must know your firearm, how it functions, and how you’ll respond with it in the moment of need. Pressure testing your firearms manipulations in force on force and other training classes is critical because you need to know that you can get your firearm in the fight and keep it in the fight! If your habits will inadvertently drop the magazine (as in this knife attack) or your grip will cause the slide not to lock back on empty or other induce other malfunctions, you do NOT want to find that out when the balloon goes up.
  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. Firearms are extremely long-range, fast moving force multipliers. If you have a gun facing a knife attack, stay at distance! The closer these defenders got to the woman, the more worried I got that she was going to get a good stab in before they shot her. Know your force multiplier and use its advantages and minimize its disadvantages.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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