True evil exists in our world, and I would say that this robbery and sucker punch is a great embodiment of evil. At Active Self Protection we abhor videos like this, but recognize the value in reminding us all of the evil that exists in our world. Does your church have a security team to discourage these kinds of incidents and respond if they happen?
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UPDATE: The second suspect has been arrested: http://get-asp.com/h29j he was the dirtbag who threw the punch.
How do I protect myself from a sucker punch?
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. Even in church, even if you’re a kindly old lady, evil can come your way. It’s a sad truth, but it is truth.
2. 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 narthex of a church is a transitional space because it is designed to get people in and out, and the number of people coming and going allows easier ambush. Be careful in transitional spaces.
3. 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 lady had little chance to weather that storm, but her story reminds us all that surviving the initial ambush is important.
4. 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. Knowing when a door opens to take a quick look so that you see who is coming your way is an important skill to practice.
5. 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! It was the second attacker here who really hurt the woman. Her purse is replaceable, but the harm she endured at the hands of the second is where the real damage is. Always be ready for multiple attackers.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)