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Assassination Caught On Camera (GRAPHIC)

WARNING: GRAPHIC. An assassination doesn’t normally provide much opportunity for self-defense, but this one caught on camera still can teach us some significant Active Self Protection lessons and therefore gain some redemption from a senseless act.

Original video: http://get-asp.com/tc93 (WARNING: this site is very, very NSFW and filled with adult content…strongest warning possible)

News story about the incident (Google Translate from Spanish required): http://get-asp.com/bpcb

How do I protect myself in an assassination attempt?

1. As always, situational awareness is always your best friend. This is doubly true when your chosen profession is one that you can make enemies, such as an attorney. Had this man been in condition yellow he MIGHT have seen this client coming, and MIGHT have had a second or two to defend himself. There are no guarantees, of course, but he might have had a chance.

2. Spiritual fitness is important, ASPers. You don’t get to decide your day of death in advance very often, and being at peace with God before you meet Him is the ultimate in ASP. So please, make peace with your Maker while you have time.

3. As a bystander, you must get away from the Bystander Effect and ACT. These bystanders tried to somewhat take cover behind their tables and hide a little, but their efforts were ineffective at best. Thankfully for them the murderer meant them no harm and so they lived, but we cannot count on that one iota. When the shooting starts, have your ASP covered and take decisive action to protect yourself.

4. I don’t know that there is much that the victim could have done once the shooting starts, but if he was aware and if he had seen the man coming even with a second to prepare, he might have been able to go IN to the attacker rather than away and perhaps defended himself while only being shot once or not at all. It would have taken some significant emotional fitness for sure.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

Assassination Caught On Camera

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

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

How do I protect myself from assassination?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

Armed Robbers Murder Clerks On Camera

I have heard talking heads on television tell people that if an armed robber robs you, just give them what they want and you’ll be fine. At Active Self Protection we know that’s certainly no guarantee, and these incidents give a lot of evidence to that fact!

Video 1 original: http://get-asp.com/ipja

 

Video 2 original: http://get-asp.com/us5t

 

Video 3 original: http://get-asp.com/m0g9

 

Should I comply with armed robbers?

 

  1. The fallacy in the advice to comply is that it seems to be blanket advice. No advice will work in every situation, and someone pointing a gun at you can be reasonably inferred to mean you deadly harm. You have the right to protect yourself from a deadly threat, but if you don’t have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from the threat then compliance might be the only option you have. I would prefer that everyone have far more options, though!

 

  1. No product or inventory is worth getting shot for, so giving the armed robber the cash in the till or the product off the shelf is wise. Even if you’re only buying time to find an opportunity, don’t deny the armed robber what he wants without more to back it up than your angry stare. If you can’t win the encounter, then just give him the stuff!

 

  1. You must always look for your opportunity, but don’t look so long that the opportunity passes you by! Defend yourself at the earliest possible moment.

 

  1. The best solution to the first two videos would have for sure been the clerk having a firearm of their own and using it effectively. I think that every ASPer should be proficient with firearms and carry one if their laws allow. In the third clip, empty-handed skills and the Five Ds would certainly have made for a better outcome.

 

  1. We talk about spiritual fitness from time to time at ASP, and these videos remind us that you don’t always get to pick the day you meet your Creator. Part of ASP is being ready spiritually for that day in the event that today is the day, so make peace with God as part of your preparation.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

GRAPHIC: Real-Life Knife Attacks Caught On Video

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

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How do I protect myself against a knife?

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

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