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Two Armed Robbers Show a New Tactic in Armed Robberies

These armed robbers give those who practice Active Self Protection a different threat and different necessary response. There are important lessons to learn here!

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Original video with some details from Dayton: http://get-asp.com/jcwc

 

Original video from San Jose, CA was found on the SJPD Facebook page but has since been deleted.

 

How do I protect myself from armed robbers?

 

  1. One of the five pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “imminence” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe). Imminence means the threat is happening RIGHT NOW, that it’s neither too late nor too early for you to defend yourself! The standard of imminence is seen as a triad of ability, opportunity, and jeopardy (also known as the AOJ triad, which is explained here: http://get-asp.com/pm3k). The question is whether these armed robbers, who showed that they had firearms but didn’t actively point them, met the triad. Clearly they had ability (they could hurt their victims) and opportunity (they were in range), but were they in jeopardy? This depends on jurisdiction, but the answer here is likely YES. The armed robbers had both shown intent to do harm by threatening with the firearms if their demands weren’t met, meaning that the victims WERE in imminent jeopardy of grievous bodily harm or death.

 

  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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. These victims certainly weren’t on the offensive, and armed robbers always attack when it’s best for them. This puts defenders on defense and on the reaction, which is a disadvantage we must plan for in our training.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. The woman in the Dayton armed robbery did a good job of exiting the danger zone as soon as she could! Armed robbers are unpredictable, so don’t stay where they might hurt you if you can help it.

 

  1. In the moment that armed robbers attack you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself.

 

  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an attacker, then your only option is to submit to their demands and hope it works out for the best. I would never suggest that a helpless person try to defend themselves against a carjacking or armed robbery, though of course if it’s a matter of life and death you must do whatever you can. The point, though, is not to be a helpless victim! This is the heart of Active Self Protection, to motivate you to train and help you develop the attitude, skills, and plan so that you can choose to protect yourself if it makes sense in the moment rather than being forced into compliance with a violent felon.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

Woman’s Physical and Sexual Assault Caught on Camera

Active Self Protection isn’t about owning guns (though we’re pro-2A all the way), it’s about being able to protect yourself in the moment that evil comes your way, from sexual assault or any other assault. This woman fought back and escaped with only minor injuries, and for that we applaud her!

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Original video with some details here: http://get-asp.com/vbw6

How do I protect myself from sexual assault:

1. First, it is worth mentioning that we do not blame the woman for this sexual assault. The blame rests squarely with the perpetrator, not with the victim. She didn’t “earn” her sexual assault or “deserve” it in any way, so do not take any of the advice after this as blame. Instead, it is learning from her experience for the rest of us to make proactive strategies and plans to protect ourselves from harm. That’s why we do the narrated videos at ASP, to learn from real-life incidents so that we can be better prepared if they happen to us.

2. 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. Accepting that danger existed in her life in the moment gave this woman courage to defend herself against this sexual assault!

3. 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. In this instance, ask yourself if it was wise for this woman to go somewhere secluded and private with a man she had only just met. Again, that’s not blaming her for her sexual assault, but simply asking if we can recognize “off-ramps” in the encounter to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

4. To defend against a sexual assault, 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. The attacker here was using slaps and (I am fairly certain from body language) his voice to try to overwhelm his intended victim emotionally so that he could have his way. She found the emotional fitness to fight back and get away, and that was excellent!

5. In the moment of attack, 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 attacker is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. This sexual assault was stopped because the victim found a moment when she had time, space, and opportunity to get out, and she took it. Again, that is highly commendable!

6. You must establish some “bright lines” of when you’ll fight for your life, no matter the odds. Sometimes it might be best to give in, but there are some situations that are so dire that any odds are better than none. Sexual assault is, in my opinion, one of those times. Studies definitively show that intended victims who fight back are not injured more than those who don’t, and the chances of the rape being completed are far less (http://get-asp.com/601c for the study from DOJ). Only you can establish that bright line for yourself.

7. An important part of spiritual fitness is knowing what you are willing and able to fight for. As bearers of the image of God, humans are uniquely valuable and it is always acceptable to protect human life, whether your own or someone else’s. Your person is infinitely valuable, and it is entirely acceptable morally, ethically, legally, and spiritually to stop an attacker from harming you. This certainly extends to sexual assault.

8. 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.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

Scary Home Invasion Caught On Camera

Your home is your castle, but don’t let it become your coffin! You can’t turn your Active Self Protection off when you get home, as this home invasion shows. Does this video make you reconsider carrying a firearm at home, or getting some significant empty-handed skills training?

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!

 

News story and original video here: http://get-asp.com/qwzh

 

How do I protect my family in a home invasion?

 

  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. This home invasion came a week after this business owner was targeted a first time, so she had to know that more bad stuff could be coming her way. That’s probably why she was aware.

 

  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 woman definitely was aware of her surroundings, and that awareness gave her almost four seconds to protect herself from the home invasion, which is a lot of time in a fight.

 

  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. We say that doorways are transitional spaces because they take our attention away and make us stop a moment to open the door, which can provide attackers with an opportunity for ambush. Be a bit more cautious when entering transitional spaces! This home invasion certainly was planned at the doorway because of the opportunity it presented.

 

  1. You must consider home defense in your planning and personal protection. Having a deadbolt that is simple and fast to operate is a good idea; something like this can be what you need: http://amzn.to/1Lminbn. In a fight for your life you want simple, fast, and easy defensive solutions.

 

  1. Even in a gunfight, empty-handed skills are important because many gunfights close to “extreme close quarters” or “bad breath distances.” Knowing how to protect your firearm from being taken, and how to win the fight that you’re actually in rather than the fight you want to be in, is crucial. If this woman had empty-handed skills and the ability to take a firearm away from an attacker, or even to hurt him significantly at close quarters, this home invasion might have ended very differently.

 

  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. If you’ve never had someone in your space like this it will be very difficult to defend yourself, but if you’ve done it over and over in training, you will have the emotional fitness to act.

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t.

 

  1. 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.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

Guard Murdered During Armed Robbery

This video is sad, and we do not glorify violence at Active Self Protection. But there are lessons for all of us to learn from this armed robbery that can help the next person to avoid this man’s fate. So LEARN! Learn the real dangers you’ll face in a fight for your life, then go train to overcome them.

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!

How do I protect myself in an armed robbery?

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. The guard in this armed robbery got stuck in the second D, dominate, and that was all it took.

2. 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. Whether this guard had a firearm or not, he had a fight to win in this armed robbery before the gun could come into play.

3. 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 God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today.

4. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! Most of the time an armed robbery will involve multiple attackers.

5. 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!

6. 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! It seems in this armed robbery that the victim tired, and that tiredness was part of what the challenge was. I am not blaming him at all, but reminding us to be fit!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

Brutal Stabbing Caught On Camera

Being the victim of a stabbing like this is one of the scariest self-defense situations I think that anyone can get into. Practicing Active Self Protection can certainly help, but these kinds of life-and-death encounters are no joke.

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 with scant details here: http://get-asp.com/14qz (WARNING: this site is very, very NSFW and filled with adult content…strongest warning possible)

How do I protect myself from a stabbing like this?

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. They tend to come with the leveraging arm as we see here, and they don’t provide opportunity to gather your feet under you.

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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. This stabbing was clearly predatorial violence, where the attacker doesn’t want you to comply with him, he wants you dead.

3. 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. Had this man had a firearm, it would not have saved his life until and unless he was able to protect himself from the stabbing he was being attacked with.

4. The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of people around watching this stabbing take place, 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. 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.

5. 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 God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today. This man, I am sure, wasn’t anticipating a stabbing that day and wasn’t anticipating dying. Be ready in advance.

6. 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.

7. Many attackers use their support or guard side arm as a leveraging tool, holding their opponent with it either to guard their strong hand (with a force multiplier in it, often) or to put their intended victim at the preferred distance for their dominant hand to strike with maximum effect. It gives them leverage, which is why we call it a leveraging arm. You have to train repeatedly as a self-defender against the leveraging arm so that you can deal with it before the dominant arm comes into play.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

Caught on Camera: Man Loses Gun in Fight Against Armed Robber

These are the kinds of videos that should make every concealed carrier in America take stock of their ability to defend themselves if they carry a firearm. This shows the truth of what we talk about at Active Self Protection constantly, so are you ready to protect your firearm from being taken by an armed robber and used against you?

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.

Original video here: http://get-asp.com/328x

News story here: http://get-asp.com/bb7z

How do I protect myself from an armed robber?

1. Even in a gunfight, empty-handed skills are important because many gunfights close to “extreme close quarters” or “bad breath distances.” Knowing how to protect your firearm from being taken, and how to win the fight that you’re actually in rather than the fight you want to be in, is crucial.

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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. In this instance, the defender had a hard time weathering that storm and that’s what almost cost him his life against the armed robber.

3. 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 defender wasn’t particularly aware of someone behind him checking him out, who was about to become an armed robber. So be cautious!

4. 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.

5. As one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, is fond of saying, the ground must be your friend and not your enemy. You must know how to fight on the ground and not panic if the fight goes to the ground! You must have skills from bottom position, from top position, and in the scramble. You must be able to regain your feet and fight from wherever you find yourself. Too many fights require this skill to ignore it!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

Officer Involved Shooting In Florida

This is how fast a gunfight really is. This officer involved shooting shows why we talk at Active Self Protection about being ready before you are in a deadly force encounter, because everything happens so fast it’s ridiculous. Have you tried to hit moving targets while moving, as in a force on force class?

Original video from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office: http://get-asp.com/62ay

News story with more details: http://get-asp.com/xju1

What does this officer involved shooting teach LEO and CCW alike?

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. These officers hung in the fight and put enough shots on target to be effective, which is awesome. They used bowling words because that’s what we sometimes do in these kinds of situations, and that’s okay too!

2. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. It’s usually the first person to put a shot on target that wins the fight, and thankfully that was the officers.

3. Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might face, which accounts for 2 misses and 3 shots on target for each. (of course, you never want to miss…I am just accommodating me on my worst day) This incident saw 3 of 11 shots find their target, which is in the ballpark of my estimates for all of our worst day. Might you do better? Maybe. Do you want to have any margin for error? YES.

4. 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.

5. 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. These officers communicated to one another well, and that helped them end the threat.

6. 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.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

Officer Involved Shooting Shows How Quickly a Gunfight Develops

The reality is that you may have time to decide if you need to use your firearm, but in many cases such as this officer involved shooting, you’ll have to use whatever Active Self Protection you have to choose in a literal split second what your decision will be. When is deadly force warranted? Could you have protected yourself in this instance?

Original video: http://get-asp.com/z6tm

News story with details of the incident: http://get-asp.com/mgdj

What does this officer involved shooting teach LEO and CCW alike?

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. These officers were ready for the fight and in the moment of need there was no hesitation. That’s what it takes.

2. Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might face, which accounts for 2 misses and 3 shots on target for each. (of course, you never want to miss…I am just accommodating me on my worst day) These officers hit with 5 shots and we can see several misses. How many do you want on your person when the balloon goes up?

3. 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. After being shot 5 times this man was still alive, and could still have posed a threat.

4. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible.

5. 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. Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. These officers used their skills after the fight was over to save this man’s life (it was clearly a case of suicide by cop), and for that they should be commended.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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

Terrifying Knife Attack Caught On Video

A real-life knife attack is a terrifying ordeal. This officer-involved confrontation out of the UK provides some interesting lessons in Active Self Protection for fighting off a knife attack. How would you have dealt with this attack?

Original video: http://get-asp.com/8bvk

News report of the attack: http://get-asp.com/1txg

How do I protect myself against a knife attack?

1. You just don’t see a knife attack happen like you’ve seen in Hollywood. A real knife attack is 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. In this instance the attacker was clearly not really intending to harm the officers because he easily could have.

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. A baton is a medium-range, medium speed force multiplier. A pepper spray or CS gas canister is a long-range, medium speed force multiplier. To fight against an attack you want to have a force multiplier that is longer range, faster, or ideally both!

3. 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. The officers in this video both were emotionally fit and handled their business quite well!

4. 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. In this instance the partners worked together well, and it paid off for sure.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of www.bensound.com)

Empty-Handed Skills Are Critical For Firearms Carriers And This Is Why!

Do you honestly have what it takes to win this fight? At Active Self Protection we talk a lot about marksmanship as well as empty-handed skills, and this is a perfect example of why we do. So could you have prevailed here?

Original video and news story (Google Translate from Portuguese required): http://get-asp.com/a9xd

Why are empty-handed skills so important for self-defenders?

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.

2. Even in a gunfight, empty-handed skills are important because many gunfights close to “extreme close quarters” or “bad breath distances.” Knowing how to protect your firearm from being taken, and how to win the fight that you’re actually in rather than the fight you want to be in, is crucial. This guard found out the hard way that a gunfight is just a fight with a gun, and he didn’t have the fighting skills to win the fight when it closed to physical contact. That’s not a mistake you can make.

3. Marksmanship is important, and putting shots on target ends a good number of threats. However, even attackers who have been shot multiple times, and even attackers who are mortally wounded, can continue to fight for several minutes and continue to present a deadly threat to self-defenders. There are plenty of reports of jacked-up assailants being shot five or ten times (even with the .45ACP, the very Hammer of Thor itself to some people) and still being a threat. Your empty-handed skills might be the difference between being badly hurt by those guys and merely roughed up a little.

4. Your empty-handed skills come in training and practice, and 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. 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. Training in empty-handed skills regularly builds your emotional fitness, and that’s valuable!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.