New stories and headlines about victims of the “Knockout” game seem to be popping up every day or two.
This is, in part, due to the media focusing their efforts on finding knockout incidents, and also in part due to kids seeing videos online and pictures in newspapers and wanting to try it, but unfortunately, it’s popularity is on a dramatic upswing just as we’re entering the Christmas shopping season.
If you’re not familiar with knockout, it’s a grotesque evolution of the “Charlie horse” game. With the Charlie horse game, one friend would go up to another and attempt to punch them in the side/back of the leg to give them a Charlie horse.
With the knockout game, kids go up to a random stranger and attempt to knock them out with a single blow.
Here are a few examples:
So, what lessons can we learn from this and take into the Christmas shopping season? It’s not acceptable to let punks like this dictate how we live our lives, so let’s pick out what we can do to minimize our risk and maximize our ability to counter an attack, if one does happen.
First, true asocial violence is random and sudden. There’s no time to puff your chest, do some fancy Bruce Lee motions to intimidate your opponent, or rip your shirt off to show your muscles and veins.
Second, true violence is not “trading blows” like what you see in boxing or mixed martial arts. The first person to successfully hurt the other person wins. Either because they take out their opponent with a single blow, or because their opponent is temporarily unable to defend themselves and the attacker can pile on additional damage to end the fight.
Third, violence is like a steak knife. A steak knife can be a useful tool when it’s cutting steak. It can be used as an evil instrument of terror in the hands of Lorena Bobbit. Or it can be a tool that helps a heroic mother stop a violent home invader from attacking her and her children. In any case, as disgusting, inappropriate, and immoral as these attacks are, there are great lessons to be had in watching them. Ignore them at your own peril.
Fourth, your environment is a weapon. Which do you think hurt the teacher more? Getting hit in the head by the kid, or his face hitting the concrete curb at 10-15 miles per hour? If you find yourself a potential victim of violence, use your environment whenever and wherever appropriate.
Fifth, targeting matters—size doesn’t. These kids aren’t bigger or stronger than professional fighters. They’re just putting as much force as they can possibly generate through as small of a striking surface as they can and targeting a weak part of the human body. As you can see, neither the size of the attacker nor the size of the victim matter. That is one of the core fundamentals of Target Focus Training and why I recommend it so strongly. To learn more, click >HERE<
Sixth, situational awareness works, but it’s not a magic bullet. Situational awareness is key for avoiding violence, but some of these victims may have done all that they practically could and still been blindsided. I personally try to avoid being so “aware” that I appear so intense that I’m the one that people are scared of. There’s a time and a place for that persona, but it’s not a 24/7 thing. If I run across a group of choir kids in the mall or on a street, I don’t want to stare them down like I would a pack of tatted up, dead eyed kids with droopy pants and wearing colors.
Seventh, have a plan and work your plan. Last week a 17 year old tried playing “knockout” with a guy at a bus stop. The 17 year old failed. His intended victim was able to respond by firing 2 rounds into his attacker before he was able to attack again. He had a plan, practiced it, and was able to execute it under extreme stress.
I applaud the intended victim for turning the tables, but there’s a HUGE lesson here, especially with winter upon us.
Drawing a firearm from concealment and engaging a target takes TIME. If it normally takes you 1.5 seconds to draw and engage from concealment and you add just another ½ second for winter clothing (including gloves and/or the effects of cold fingers) and don’t include any time for shock or delayed reaction, you’re looking at 2 seconds. That’s 2 additional seconds that your attacker has to get lucky and end the fight before you even get into the fight.
That’s why I stress empty hands defense so strongly. With the same 2 seconds that it takes to get to and deploy your firearm in a violent encounter, you could engage your attacker with 2-3 effective strikes…any of which could end the fight and allow you the space and time necessary to safely draw your weapon to deter other attackers.
The same intensity and targeting that the kids use in the video to take out their victims (sometimes larger and stronger) in a single strike is the basis for the tools that you want to master to be able to defend yourself and your loved ones.
It’s simply a matter of knowing what parts of the human body to target (eyes, ears, throat, groin, knee, etc.), how to deliver a critical amount of force through those targets with only your bodyweight, and how to create deep, high-quality neural pathways in the brain as quickly as possible so that you can execute these techniques properly under stress without having to over-think it.
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****Tuesday Update**** The following book was recommended to me and I discounted it the first couple times. I finally checked it out and after seeing that Thomas Sowell, Alan West, and Sean Hannity all recommend it, I bought it. If you have read it, please share your thoughts about it and how it applies to the Knockout game.