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Two Retired Cops Show Why De-Escalation Must Be Every Firearms Carrier’s Priority

These retired cops should have known better, but because they let their ego get the best of them, one is dead and one is facing murder charges. If you carry a firearm, learn the lessons!

 

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News stories on the retired cops not using their de-escalation skills: https://get-asp.com/48iw and https://get-asp.com/l878 (Google translate from Portuguese required)

 

What does this video teach us about de-escalation and self-defense?

 

  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. Both of these retired cops took needless risks, and that’s sad.

 

  1. Using your verbal judo to de-escalate and redirect a conflict is always the best choice if it is available, so make sure that your verbal game is strong. Knowing how to redirect, how to persuade, how to empathize, and how to talk someone down from a confrontation is critical to avoiding some fights. That said, we must also know that some people will not be dissuaded from a fight, so knowing when to talk and when to act is critical as well.

 

  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 your reaction time, but that might make the difference between life and death if you can prepare.

 

  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 second cop is facing murder charges because of the problem of innocence.

 

  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. I think that part of spiritual fitness is not being keen to get into deadly fights, either.

 

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Armed Robber Uses Jammed Gun in Armed Robbery

He made a compliance sandwich with a side of chill for sure. If you recognized the jammed gun, would you have fought this armed robber for it or complied?

 

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News story on the armed robber being served a side of chill: https://get-asp.com/0c13

 

Second news story with the charges the armed robber is facing: https://get-asp.com/bd2m

 

Interview with the employee with his impressions on the armed robbery: https://get-asp.com/i655

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an armed 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.

 

  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.

 

  1. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands!

 

  1. Don’t get into verbal battles with armed robbers, carjackers, or other attackers. As Greg Ellifritz points out, those verbal challenges are taken as personal attacks and lead to a MUCH higher chance of being hurt in a violent encounter. Learn the lessons he gives in that article about how to provide a “face-saving exit” and not get shot by challenging their ego!

 

  1. It’s a morally acceptable choice in an armed robbery to simply give the armed robber what they want. Only you can decide in the moment if the attacker is using their force multiplier as an intimidation tool or if they really intend to do you harm, and giving up your phone or wallet to escape the danger zone can be an acceptable choice. Either way, you must count the potential cost of your life vs. your possessions and take the best action that protects your life, which is infinitely more valuable than your things.

 

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

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Polish Police Take Down Man Wielding Hammer and Crowbar

Whether LE or CCW, there is a lot to learn from these Polish Police confronting a deranged man who is threatening the local population.

 

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News story on the police shooting this man and its controversy: https://get-asp.com/bzj8

 

UPDATE: there are English subtitles on this original video which shows that this is at least an attempted suicide by cop: https://get-asp.com/89js

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against someone armed with short range tools like a hammer and crowbar?

 

  1. You must know the range of your force multiplier and the range of various force multipliers that might be used against you. Hammers and crowbars are short-range, fast moving force multipliers. If thrown, they become single use, long range force multipliers. Firearms are extremely long-range, fast moving force multipliers.

 

  1. If you have a firearm out, 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 hands if at all possible!

 

  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. This takes training and practice and commitment, but two partners working together present a formidable challenge to any attacker.

 

  1. In the moment of need, the old saying goes that you will not rise to the occasion but fall to the level of your training. Usually, you’ll fall to the level of your WORST DAY in training. That means you want to train hard, train regularly, and make no excuses (to paraphrase one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock) so that your worst day is good enough for the fight you’re in.

 

  1. Whether you’re LEO or CCW, you need to know what force options you have available and when to abandon one and move to another. (“force options” are a better model than the older “force continuum” model) You need to know when your pepper spray is the best option, or when to abandon it (or the TASER) in favor of your firearm in a split-second decision. The best way, of course, to learn and embed these options in your mind is to train in force on force scenarios with the options and then respond to the situations appropriately. Against a hammer and crowbar, a less-lethal option like a TASER or OC spray wouldn’t have been appropriate.

 

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

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Random Assault Caught on Camera

This random assault caught on camera teaches self-defenders multiple lessons about pre-attack cues, awareness, and more.

 

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News story on the assault from Wichita news: https://get-asp.com/k79y

 

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

 

  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.

 

  1. Never ignore your “creep alarm,” that uneasy, queasy feeling that something isn’t right. Your creep alarm is usually your subconscious’ way of telling you that something IS wrong, and you need to take action to make yourself safer. This poor woman said that this guy had followed her for a block, and the assault came when she KNEW something was up.

 

  1. Attackers often stalk their intended victims for some time, silently “interviewing” them to see if they are an easy target. (there’s a great article in Psychology Today about the psychology of victim selection…read it!) Criminals absolutely look for opportune people and opportune times to ambush easy prey, so the solution to that is not to look like prey! The common adage is true, “If you don’t want to be eaten, don’t look like food.”

 

  1. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands!

 

  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 your reaction time, but that might make the difference between life and death if you can prepare.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, 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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Online Classified Sale Turns into Armed Robbery

Online Classified Sale Turns into Armed Robbery

It’s amazing how fast an armed robbery starts and ends. If you buy and sell via an online classified, make sure that you know the risks so that your Active Self Protection goes with you!

 

https://youtu.be/13qj4fyp4p4

 

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News story with more information on the armed robbery (I especially like the reactions from the local neighbors in the video): https://get-asp.com/az9f

 

More information from a local Fox affiliate that they have arrested a suspect in this armed robbery: https://get-asp.com/ijku

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robbery?

 

  1. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands! The hands were the key to this man escaping the armed robbery without being killed, for sure.

 

  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 against an armed robbery! Once the ambush is over you take action to better protect yourself, but if you fail to survive the ambush then obviously the fight is over.
  2. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it in an armed robbery. 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 like this seller did. He ran and that was smart!

 

  1. In the moment of an armed robbery beginning, 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. This kind of counter-ambush is exactly why the old Marine was able to win this fight.

 

  1. The “Five Ds Plus 1” are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed robbery or other 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, as in this armed robbery) First, before the others, we need to control Distance. (it’s the plus 1…it stands by itself and is the gateway to the others working) Then 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. Close the Distance to the place where we can effectively use our empty-handed skills. 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.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, 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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Armed Robbery Shows Ineffective Self-Defense

Remember, the threat during an armed robbery isn’t to the money or possessions; armed robbers are threatening your life. Your Active Self Protection is far more about life than possessions, but if you’re going to resist an armed robbery you MUST do so with ferocity and intelligence!

 

 

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News story on this armed robbery from the Philadelphia PD blog: https://get-asp.com/bgsd

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robbery?

 

  1. Many times an attacker will give pre-attack cues during the “warmup” phase of an armed robbery that defenders can use to anticipate what is coming. One of the most common is looking around, either for witnesses or for escape routes. If you’re interviewing/being interviewed, and in your talk notice someone who exhibits other danger signs looking left and right away from you or searching for witnesses or escape routes, consider that a significant clue that something is wrong and place yourself in the best possible place to avert or deal with the potential attack.

 

  1. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person (and the source of danger in an armed robbery). If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands!
  2. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it in an armed robbery. 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. This victim tried to, but the robber didn’t let them. That happens! 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!

 

  1. The “Five Ds Plus 1” are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed robbery when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) First, before the others, we need to control Distance. (it’s the plus 1…it stands by itself and is the gateway to the others working) Then 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. Close the Distance to the place where we can effectively use our empty-handed skills. 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. If you are fighting an armed attacker, you want to practice those Five Ds +1 effectively to give yourself the best chance of winning. Once you begin with Deflect (keeping the tool from initially hurting you), next you want to DOMINATE that tool and keep that domination up to keep it out of the fight. One of Ed Parker, Sr.’s sayings that bears repeating is, “Never send an opponent’s weapon into orbit, only to have it re-orbit back to you.” When it does re-orbit back to you, it is dangerous to you again! Maintain that dominance, then distract and disarm them so that the tool is no longer a problem. This armed robbery was very dangerous because the clerk and the man in blue both tried to dominate the gun and failed, but thankfully this robber didn’t want to commit murder.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, 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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Clerk Fights Armed Robber Who Put a Gun to His Head

Clerk Fights Armed Robber Who Put a Gun to His Head

When an armed robber puts a gun to your head, it’s not the time to wonder if your Active Self Protection is up to the task! Thankfully this clerk had enough attitude, skills, and plan to protect himself.

 

 

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News story from Maplewood sources on the armed robber and clerk: https://get-asp.com/jorx

 

What does this clerk teach us about fighting off an armed robber?

 

  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. This armed robber wasn’t interested in anyone’s safety, obviously; the clerk’s willingness to protect himself was the difference!
  2. 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 clerk had to get past the initial assault of the arme
  3. 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 (and this clerk wasn’t!)! 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 like this armed robber.

 

  1. In the moment of need, the old saying goes that you will not rise to the occasion but fall to the level of your training. Usually, you’ll fall to the level of your WORST DAY in training. That means you want to train hard, train regularly, and make no excuses (to paraphrase one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock) so that your worst day is good enough for the fight you’re in. The clerk did enough to fight the armed robber off!

 

  1. The “Five Ds Plus 1” 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) First, before the others, we need to control Distance. (it’s the plus 1…it stands by itself and is the gateway to the others working) Then 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. Close the Distance to the place where we can effectively use our empty-handed skills. 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. The clerk here was VERY lucky that the armed robber didn’t want to use the gun as a gun, because he left the gun arm loose and because of it, was very much at risk.

 

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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Mugging Turns Deadly While Bystanders Look On

Mugging Turns Deadly While Bystanders Look On

Muggings like this make me so mad. They show us what can happen in real life, but deadly force encounters like this are hard to watch. This is why we practice Active Self Protection, everyone!

 

 

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

 

Original surveillance video is available to members of our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story with more on the mugging and the victim: https://get-asp.com/xpoy

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves from a mugging?

 

  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. This student wasn’t looking for a mugging to come his way, but they chose him. We can all likewise be chosen for victimization, so we must be ready!
  2. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands! The attacker had that knife in hand when the mugging started; had the victim seen that, he might have given up and therefore not been stabbed to death.
  3. It’s dark for half the day, and bad guys of all kinds love to launch ambushes from the dark. That means, as a self-defender, that part of having good situational awareness involves keeping a flashlight on your person. That flashlight doesn’t have to be crazy tacticool and shouldn’t be firearm-mounted, because its purpose is to help you see at night to give you better awareness of any potential threats far before they can hurt you. A VERY compact option that runs on AAs is this Streamlight: http://amzn.to/1U9S39H and I carry this 1000 lumen Fenix: http://amzn.to/1S73jjb which is rechargeable and has multiple modes of brightness. A middle ground that I have used very effectively is this Olight: http://amzn.to/29htS3q. I highly recommend a flashlight for everyone, simply as an awareness tool at night. The victim here might have been able to avoid the mugging if he had been aware of a potential threat; having a light goes a long way toward that!

 

  1. A knife attacks does not happen like you’ve seen in Hollywood. They are brutal, fast, and mean. Stabbing attacks like this mugging 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. That’s what you have to defend against in a mugging with a knife, so don’t let your dojo training stop at anything less!

 

  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 as this mugging shows. 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 mugging, 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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Attempted Assault of Woman Caught on Camera

Attempted Assault of Woman Caught on Camera

This attempted sexual assault is not easy to watch, but it is important to know what a real attack looks like. Thankfully this woman practiced great Active Self Protection and made it out without being victimized!

 

 

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 sexual assault? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original surveillance video is available to members of our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story on the assault: https://get-asp.com/z5z5

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an assault, particularly a sexual assault?

 

  1. Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things (this sexual assault is a good example of that), 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. 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 woman might well have been able to recognize that she was being followed and avoided this attack entirely by escaping the ambush; I can’t be certain of that, but it’s worth considering every time we see an attack in a public place.
  3. Since rapists are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to attack. 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 to protect yourself from the attack!

 

  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. The sidewalk is a transitional space, and more so in an urban neighborhood, where an assault has a lot more places to start an ambush from.

 

  1. Compliance does not at all guarantee your safety in the face of a sexual assault. We know, for instance, that rape victims who fight back are no more likely to be harmed than if they don’t fight back, and they are less likely to be raped. (study here: https://get-asp.com/601c if you need proof on that) Compliance does not guarantee safety, as placing your safety in the hands of someone willing to commit a felony is a terrible idea.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this sexual assault, 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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Rangemaster 3-Day Instructor Development Course After Action Report

Rangemaster 3-Day Instructor Development Course After Action Report

 

October 28-30, 2016

 

Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ

 

Tom Givens, Lead Instructor

 

Lynn Givens and John O’Connell, Assistant Instructors

 

Cost: $575 registration, 1000 rounds of FMJ ammunition ($200 for me), travel expenses (minimal for me, as this was in my home town; if not, add airfare/gas, lodging, per diem)

 

rangeExecutive Summary: Tom Givens puts on an excellent course, and as a follow-up course and additional certification for those with more basic pistol certifications this course will add to your repertoire significantly. For all pistol shooters, this course will challenge your shooting skills as well and ensure that you have solid fundamentals in marksmanship with a pistol. I recommend it highly.

 

 

Detailed description

 

October 28-30, 2016 I attended Rangemaster Instructor Development Course with Tom and Lynn Givens at Ben Avery Shooting Facility. I have been a firearms instructor for about 5 years now, and take my training, my knowledge, and my abilities seriously. I learned some things, shot well, and came away impressed with Tom and the course content.

 

On Friday we began in the classroom with administration and introductions, and it was clear from the beginning that we had a wider swath of shooters than I had anticipated. I thought we’d mostly have NRA instructors looking for their next certificate, and there were a few of those. (::raises hand::) But we had everything from an 18-year-old young woman out for a weekend with her mom of training, to two Well Armed Woman chapter leaders, to Combat Focus Shooting certified instructors, to active duty soldiers, to a jiu jitsu black belt instructor, to LEO shooting instructors, to competitive shooters and professional trainers. We had 12 men and 3 women as students. It was a diverse group!  I was interested to see where I “fit” in the flow of the group, but with such a diverse set of backgrounds, there was plenty of room for everyone. Tom and Lynn and John were friendly and welcoming to all.

 

instructingTom is a business-like guy in the classroom and on the range, and when it’s time to go, he runs his courses like a man who gets what he wants. He started on time, wasted no time with people dragging their feet getting back from breaks, and expected people to keep up with him in the classroom and on the range. Tom has a mouth like a drunken sailor so if language offends you that might be a problem. In 8 years in the Navy I heard a LOT worse; heck, I have heard as bad on my kids’ middle school campus. Regardless, students need to come prepared and on time to keep up. With that said, Tom is also funny, kind, and likeable. His Tennessee drawl helps take the edge off, and I found him engaging and easy to learn from.

 

The course provides a 200-page instructor student manual that instructors are expected to know. The test on that manual includes fill in the blank questions that must be answered precisely, and so students should expect to spend their evenings studying the manual and getting some terminology precise for the exam. Since students must score 90% on the exam, this is an important point! I wish that perhaps Tom would have sent us the manual in advance to read over and be proficient in, to prepare us for that. Regardless, the manual has a LOT of information for instructors, broken into major sections on “hardware” and “software.” It’ll stay in my reference library for sure.

 

The classes all three days alternated between classroom instruction and range time, and we shot 900-1000 rounds in the 3 days. This course was a serious shooting course, and Tom expects every student to be able to shoot to a high standard. We also used the coach-pupil method throughout, with two lines running, so when you weren’t shooting you were expected to give your fellow student professional and significant coaching to help them improve. On the line, Tom brooked no shenanigans but he was also funny and engaging. He has a natural flair for teaching and getting students to see what he is doing and why. We shot from 3 yards out to 25 yards, and students who hadn’t really developed good marksmanship fundamentals struggled at the longer distances.

 

It’s worth noting that while Tom has some strong preferences, he isn’t dogmatic about his way and doesn’t badger students to agree with him. A good example is the thumbs-forward grip, which Tom definitely doesn’t like. He spent some time talking about why he doesn’t like it, why we shouldn’t do it or teach it, and how he thinks to do it right. But when it was time to qualify, he didn’t give me a hard time at ALL about using the grip I am practiced with.

 

Sunday was evaluation day, and Tom’s evaluations were no joke. We had a lot of learning to do on Sunday as well, but the core of the day was spent on testing to ensure instructor candidates can adequately shoot. First we shot the FBI qualification test (60 rounds) on IALEFI QP targets. Tom likes to say that the FBI qual course is a “sobriety test,” but the reality is that it isn’t easy if you can’t shoot at distance! Still, with the scoring zone being the entire bottle target, and with the times being not too difficult, it’s not too hard to pass with the required score of 90%. (that score was chosen to match what the FBI requires of its instructors). After the FBI qualification we shot the Rangemaster Instructor Qualification (50 rounds), which is a very similar test but requires movement at 3 and 5 yards and scores hits in the center circles only (without penalty). It requires a 90% score as well. Each are shot twice, with the student keeping the best of their two scores.

 

kneelingI work hard at my shooting skills, and I must say that I sweated the shooting portion after hearing from previous students that it was no joke. I worked my dry fire practice hard and got to the range several times in the weeks leading up, and that work paid off. I shot both quals clean, earning me 100 points each. (Tom takes your percentage of points possible on each test as your score) There were several other students who did as well, and I must say that the shooting at 15 yards from kneeling can be challenging.

 

Finally, at the end of the day, we took the written exam. That exam isn’t easy because some of the questions are fill in the blank and required precise answers. A 90% score was required to pass, though there were enough true/false and multiple choice that I don’t think passing was ridiculously difficult. I scored 94.1 on the exam.

 

At the end of the weekend Tom gives those who pass all three tests a certificate of completion. We had 13 of 15 students qualify (including the 18-year-old young woman!). Tom also gives out an award for the highest aggregate score combining all three assessments normalized to 100%, and the one who has the overall highest score is awarded the distinction of being “Top Gun” for the class. The Top Gun scored I believe 95.4, so he edged me out by 1.3 points and I took second in the class. I am very happy with those results.

 

Overall, this course has great strengths and a few time-constrained limitations. We focused a lot on shooting skills, and it’s important to have those skills to pass on to students. We spent a good bit of time at the range. Tom made sure in the classroom that we had a modicum of legal knowledge and a good discussion of marksmanship theory and practice, which is important. The limitation was in teaching theory, course and drill design, knowledge transfer, and assessment for instructors, but those might be in the advanced instructor course as well.

 

certificateI am very glad to have attended and very pleased to say that I am a Rangemaster Certified Instructor. I will take the Advanced Instructor Course and recommend that any handgun instructor take the course as well!