Two Attacks on Women Caught On Camera

Ladies, are you ready for an attack like this? Please, show this to the women in your life to help them see what a real attack might look like, and why they need to practice Active Self Protection to protect themselves from attack.

Video of the first attack:


Video of the second attack:


How do I protect myself from an attack like these?


  1. Since criminals 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!


  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 to lesson the chance of attack. 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.


  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.


  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. 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. So ladies, even if you carry a firearm for personal protection, you MUST be able to use your hands and feet to get to your gun!


  1. You must be able to fight and defend yourself from all different stages of action in an attack. One of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, likes to say that we must be able to fight wherever the fight happens to be! So whether we are at contact stage (just able to come in physical contact with our attacker), penetration stage (where attacks can contact and penetrate significantly), or manipulation stage (a clinch or similar where joint and body manipulations are possible), we must be able to use effective technique to protect ourselves.


  1. Even if you’re injured, you must stay in the fight and not stop as long as you have consciousness. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of injury and still function, so never stop fighting just because you’re injured! Even if you’re shot or stabbed, you have a 67-95% chance of surviving! ( and give the details) So practice emotional fitness by knowing that even if the bad guy gets the jump and you’re injured, you’re still in the fight and still likely to survive if you take definitive action to protect yourself.


Attitude. Skills. Plan.


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2 replies
  1. Gary Miller
    Gary Miller says:

    I have to agree about situational awareness. I was attacked in 2011 at :30am by Hispanic male in winter time Austin, TX. He jumped me and we wound up going to the ground. The fight lasted about 5 minutes. Went up and down. He attempted to knock me out with punches, strangulation, kicks and head pounding into the ground. All this time I was trying to fight back enough to get away and find my knife. I was wearing thick winter clothes, backpack, gloves and big hood. I finally was able to distract him by throwing the $1 I had and access knife. He then ran away. When you are at kissing distance, going for a gun is nearly impossible. When the assault take/goes to the ground, it is way harder to create the distance or take punches/kicks. Thick winter gear and gloves have a dual effect in protection and in lessened power for punching/grabbing. My thick jackets and backpack prevented broken ribs while my punches were weaker because of winter weight clothes and gloves attenuates the puch effect on assailant. Mentally. I refused to give up and kept fighting. I did have some relevant training thru the Central Texas Combative Training Group. The suspect got away with nothing, was eventually IDed and only after several more attacks including 1 with a knife was he finally sent to prison! I tell folks who worry about such attacks to get training, carry knives in both pockets, be aware and carry bright flashlight in their hands. Also Nok Talon is a Great tool for ladies or those who are weaker for whatever reason. BTW, I am hearing impaired with bad balance which I why I had such a hard time getting away or off the ground. I show people to carry a tactical flash
    Fight in hand and a flash and bash technique with it. The Nok Talon is a simple but very effective tool! Numerous applications and easily carried in the hand. Gloves need to be made thinner and comment about hats instead of hood right on. 2 knives is because I had my folding knive in the wrong pocket. By distracting the attacker, I got time and was able to deploy it. 2 knives would present more options plus your primary arm may be occupied by trying to prevent the attacker from gouging your eyes out or similar, so practice with both knives. ‘Managing Criminal Assaults’ by AMOK Combatives is an excellent course to take to better prepare. Tom Sotis is an excellent teacher.

    I apologize for the long post but those videos got to me and I want folks to benefit from what happened to me. Many people said I won but do not feel like I did. Another facet is the aftermath. Detectives not contacting you till 2 1/2 weeks later. PTSD issues. DA not following up with charges. Physical injuries. All of those issues will affect you! Get help when you need it. Fortunately, as a former EMT, I had help available.
    I hope that this post will help others. Thank you if you got thru this post all the way.


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