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Scary Knife Attack in Australia Caught on Video

Scary Knife Attack in Australia Caught on Video

The follow-up to this knife attack is scary and teaches some important reminders for our Active Self Protection. Would you have been able to help this man?

 

 

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 knife attack? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

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

 

News story with more details on the knife attack: https://get-asp.com/z9go

 

Second news story on the knife attack with more on the victim: https://get-asp.com/rj1n

 

What does this scary video from Australia teach us about defending ourselves against a knife attack?

 

  1. Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Make no mistake, this knife attack was perpetrated by a man with evil in his heart. 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. Since criminals and terrorists 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, and this knife attack bears that out. 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!

 

  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 knife attack is clearly predatorial violence!

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from a knife attack. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from a knife attack (or any other attack) 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. This knife attack shows how important first aid skills are. 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: http://amzn.to/1Or4yVz ) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.

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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GRAPHIC: Terrorist Attack at Istanbul Airport Teaches Important Lessons

GRAPHIC: Terrorist Attack at Istanbul Airport Teaches Important Lessons

GRAPHIC. This terrorist attack might feel like a world away, but recent events show us how our Active Self Protection needs to be sharp because of how close a terrorist attack really is.

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 such as this terrorist attack? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original videos of the terrorist attack are available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story with details of the terrorist attack: https://get-asp.com/fn8a

 

What does this stabbing teach us about defending ourselves against a terrorist attack?

 

  1. Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things, (a terrorist attack is by definition evil) 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. No negotiation would stop this terrorist attack; only preparation and willingness to kill the terrorists can.
  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. A terrorist attack almost always gives some kind of warning if you’re aware, as the research in “15 meters in 11 seconds” shows.

 

  1. Marksmanship in a real deadly force encounter might mean that you need to be ready to make a precision shot on a threat, and you must be prepared emotionally and skill-wise to do so. Shooting a threat in the face, a target the size of a 3×5 card, under stress is no small feat! To be able to stop a terrorist attack or hostage situation, though, it is a necessary skill and you should train and practice your marksmanship until it is second nature. A good standard is Dave Spaulding’s “Skill on Demand” drill, which involves 2 shots in 2 seconds at 20 feet, in a 3×5 card.

 

  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. In a terrorist attack, you WILL need to. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum: http://amzn.to/1Or4yVz ) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.

 

  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. A terrorist attack is not a time you can always guarantee a win for the good guys. 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.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this terrorist 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)

 

 

 

Copyright Disclaimer. Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.