The ability to see an attacker and plan your response is an incredibly important part of successful Active Self Protection. Would you have stood and fought, or got your Run Fu on like she did?
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What does this woman teach us about protection from an attacker?
- You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you; this attacker was going to hurt this woman, and similar 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.
- Situational awareness is your best friend; it saved this woman from having to face an armed attacker.. 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.
- Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of a potential attacker. 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. Sidewalks count!
- A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. This woman escaped her attacker, and because of it won the day. You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. Having good situational awareness will give you more time and opportunity to see problems coming and formulate a plan to stay away and protect yourself without danger to yourself or others. This is always our first choice as self-defenders.
- If you run from an attack, don’t just run AWAY from danger. Run TO something. Run TO the corner where you can fight one at a time. Run TO a store where a guard can help you. Run TO your house where you can lock the door. Run TO a place where you can better defend yourself from attack. Running FROM danger is great, but running TO safety is better! When the attacker approached her this woman didn’t just run willy nilly behind the car; she ran to the safety of her home. Great job!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)