Thursday, May 14, 2009

Grounded and Pounded on the Beach

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This video demonstrates how a stronger more aggressive attacker used basic grappling and striking techniques to overwhelm and beat his smaller victim.

There is not doubt that these basic techniques are effective for the stronger attacker. But in reality, even with no prior knowledge of basic fighting techniques, most likely, the attacker would have assumed the same mount position and executed punches to his victim's head.

The victim is the one in need of self-defense techniques and training. Self-defense is used when you are the one at the disadvantage relative to your attacker.

Victim's Disadvantages:

#1. Physically: He is smaller and weaker
#2. Emotionally: His emotional state is "protective". He is trying to not get hurt. He is not attacking the attacker.
#3. Tactically: He has been pushed into the soft sand. Therefore, he has lost the ability to use his lower body to bridge, buck, roll, etc.

The situation shown is similar to what could happen to a person without use of his lower body who has been attacked and knocked out of his wheelchair. He will end up on his back, unable to bridge, buck, and roll, with the attacker mounted on his chest.

Given this situation, the defender's primary goal should not be to submit his attacker, but to cause his attacker to disengage his attack. The intervention of others will also cause the attacker to disengage his attack.

The attacker will disengage his attack when he receives sufficent negative feedback from his actions.

In the video, the victim's actions are providing "positive feedback" to the attacker, therefore the attacker continues his actions.

POSITIVE FEEDBACK TO ATTACKER:
WHAT - Pushing back against the attacker's upper body.
WHY - Pushing does not cause pain and encourages the attacker to try harder to get to you.
WHAT - Defensively hiding behind your arms to shield your face.
WHY - A sign that the victim is fearful of being hit. Thus indictating to the attacker that his strikes are effective.
WHAT - Trying to "pull away" or "wrestle" against arm grabs either standing or while on the ground.
WHY - Wrestling a weaker person is "enjoyable" for the stronger person. The resistance from the weaker person simply confirms the stronger persons strength.

NEGATIVE FEEDBACK:
WHAT: Striking the attacker in a vulnerable area such as the nose, eyes, ears, neck, throat, groin, etc.
WHY: Because such actions cause pain and potential injury.
WHAT: Clawing and ripping vulnerable areas such as the ears, nose, eyes, throat, hair, arm pit, exposed skin, groin, etc.
WHY: Because such actions cause pain and potential injury.
WHAT: Trapping and biting anything that comes close to your face.
WHY: Because a bite will cause immediate pain and possibly panic in the attacker. Your attacker will instinctively pullaway. The goal is to change his mindset from offensive to defensive.
WHAT: Pull the attacker in closer to you.
WHY: The attacker will be unable to launch effective strikes if he is too close. He is also vulnerable to being bitten and choked when very close.
WHAT: Yell and scream for the attacker to stop
WHY: Yelling and screaming may bring people to your aid. It brings attention to your attacker's actions. The attacker "knows" what he is doing is wrong. Therefore, he may not want an audience. It also makes it very clear that he is the aggressor for future legal ramifications.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Type A: Frontal Assault with Pre-Assault Cue

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Cue #1 - Throwing the bag down to free the hand is a pre-assault cue.

DEFENSIVE STRATEGY:
1. Deny the Opportunity to Attack by maintaining a safe distance.
2. Keep the hands up and palms forward to protect the head.
3. Determine Confirmation of Bad Intention through verbal and physical boundary setting.
4. Use Verbal Escalation to deter the aggressor.
5. Respond to the Trigger to Act as necessary.

Type A: Frontal Attack with Pre-Assault Cue

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Cue #1 - A heated verbal exchange is a pre-assault cue.

Cue #2 - Carrying a blunt weapon is a pre-assault cue.

Cue #3 - Switching the weapon to the left hand to free the right hand is a pre-assault cue.

DEFENSIVE STRATEGY:
1. Deny the Opportunity to Attack by maintaining a safe distance.
2. Keep the hands up and palms forward to protect the head.
3. Determine Confirmation of Bad Intention through verbal and physical boundary setting.
4. Use Verbal Escalation to deter the aggressor.
5. Respond to the Trigger to Act as necessary.

Type A: Frontal Assault with Pre-Assault Cue

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Cue #1 - Getting out of a car and running directly at a person is a pre-assault cue.

DEFENSIVE STRATEGY:
1. Deny the Opportunity to Attack by maintaining a safe distance.
2. Keep the hands up and palms forward to protect the head.
3. Determine Confirmation of Bad Intention through verbal and physical boundary setting.
4. Use Verbal Escalation to deter the aggressor.
5. Respond to the Trigger to Act as necessary.

Type A: Frontal Assault with Pre-Assault Cue

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Cue #1 - Looking around for witnesses is a pre-assault cue.

Cue # 2 - Repositioning for striking advantage is a pre-assault cue.

DEFENSIVE STRATEGY:
1. Deny the Opportunity to Attack by maintaining a safe distance.
2. Keep the hands up and palms forward to protect the head.
3. Determine Confirmation of Bad Intention through verbal and physical boundary setting.
4. Use Verbal Escalation to deter the aggressor.
5. Respond to the Trigger to Act as necessary.

Type A: Frontal Assault with Pre-Assault Cue

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Cue #1 - A heated verbal exchange is a pre-assault cue.

Cue #2 - Getting on stage without permission is a pre-assault cue.

Cue #3 - Escalating verbal intensity is a pre-assault cue.

Cue #4 - Leaning forward and clenching the fists is a pre-assault cue.

NOTE: The attacker did hesitate and stop when told to stop. He stopped well out of striking range. But as the verbal exchange continued, he regained his momentum and moved forward for the attack.

DEFENSIVE STRATEGY:
1. Deny the Opportunity to Attack by maintaining a safe distance.
2. Keep the hands up and palms forward to protect the head.
3. Determine Confirmation of Bad Intention through verbal and physical boundary setting.
4. Use Verbal Escalation to deter the aggressor.
5. Respond to the Trigger to Act as necessary.

Type A: Frontal Attack with Pre-Assault Cue

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Cue #1 - A heated verbal exchange in front of supporting companions is a pre-assault cue.

Cue #2 - Pushing or rolling up shirt sleeves to free the arms is a pre-assault cue.

Cue #3 - Stepping forward during a verbal exchange is a pre-assault cue.

DEFENSIVE STRATEGY:
1. Deny the Opportunity to Attack by maintaining a safe distance.
2. Keep the hands up and palms forward to protect the head.
3. Determine Confirmation of Bad Intention through verbal and physical boundary setting.
4. Use Verbal Escalation to deter the aggressor.
5. Respond to the Trigger to Act as necessary.

Type B: Frontal Assault with subtle Pre-Assault Cue

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Cue #1 - The context of the conversation may have hinted at ensuing violence.

Cue #2 - The dropping the hands to gain momentum for the upcoming strike is a pre-assault cue.

NOTE: This type of sudden strike can only be avoided by creating distance, and by keeping the hands up to protect the head.

DEFENSIVE STRATEGY:
1. Deny the Opportunity to Attack by maintaining a safe distance.
2. Keep the hands up and palms forward to protect the head.
3. Determine Confirmation of Bad Intention through verbal and physical boundary setting.
4. Use Verbal Escalation to deter the aggressor.
5. Respond to the Trigger to Act as necessary.

Type B: Frontal Attack with subtle Pre-Assault Cue

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Cue #1 - All police work involving contact with strangers may be considered a pre-assault cue.

DEFENSIVE STRATEGY:
1. Deny the Opportunity to Attack by maintaining a safe distance.
2. Keep the hands up and palms forward to protect the head.
3. Determine Confirmation of Bad Intention through verbal and physical boundary setting.
4. Use Verbal Escalation to deter the aggressor.
5. Respond to the Trigger to Act as necessary.

Type C: Rear Attack with Pre-Assault Cue

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Cue #1 - Being rapidly approached from behind by a stranger is a pre-assault cue.

DEFENSIVE STRATEGY:

1a. Turn toward anyone approaching from the rear.
1. Deny the Opportunity to Attack by maintaining a safe distance.
2. Keep the hands up and palms forward to protect the head.
3. Determine Confirmation of Bad Intention through verbal and physical boundary setting.
4. Use Verbal Escalation to deter the aggressor.
5. Respond to the Trigger to Act as necessary.

Type D: Rear Assault with subtle Pre-Assault Cue

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Cue #1 - Being followed into a lobby by a stranger is a pre-assault cue.

Cue #2 - Being approached from behind is a pre-assault cue.

DEFENSIVE STRATEGY:

1a. Turn toward anyone approaching from the rear.
1. Deny the Opportunity to Attack by maintaining a safe distance.
2. Keep the hands up and palms forward to protect the head.
3. Determine Confirmation of Bad Intention through verbal and physical boundary setting.
4. Use Verbal Escalation to deter the aggressor.
5. Respond to the Trigger to Act as necessary.

Type D: Rear Attack with subtle Pre-Assault Cue

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Cue #1 - Being approached from behind by a stranger is a pre-assault cue.

DEFENSIVE STRATEGY:
1a. Turn toward anyone approaching from the rear.
1. Deny the Opportunity to Attack by maintaining a safe distance.2. Keep the hands up and palms forward to protect the head.
3. Determine Confirmation of Bad Intention through verbal and physical boundary setting.
4. Use Verbal Escalation to deter the aggressor.
5. Respond to the Trigger to Act as necessary.

Type D: Rear Assault with subtle Pre-Assault Cue

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Cue #1 - Being is a potentially hostile environment is a pre-assault cue.



DEFENSIVE STRATEGY:

1a. Turn toward anyone approaching from the rear.
1. Deny the Opportunity to Attack by maintaining a safe distance.
2. Keep the hands up and palms forward to protect the head.
3. Determine Confirmation of Bad Intention through verbal and physical boundary setting.
4. Use Verbal Escalation to deter the aggressor.
5. Respond to the Trigger to Act as necessary.

Man Snatches Purse from Woman in Parking Lot

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009