I’m incredibly pro-law enforcement. I would consider my family to be in a law enforcement family, I train law enforcement, I train with law enforcement, and many of my friends are law enforcement.
But law enforcement just can’t protect you or me from violence.
It’s a simple matter of math. Many departments only have 1 officer (including admin) on duty for every 4,000-10,000 people at any given time. There’s no possible way that they can be everywhere, all the time.
As the saying goes, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”
But even if police response times are less than a minute, sometimes even that’s not fast enough to protect you. Watch this 47 second security video posted by the Springfield MO Police department and see what happens 40 seconds in.
**Warning: Graphic violence. I have no control over the videos that LiveLeak recommends at the end and can’t turn off the option…don’t click on anything you don’t want to see.**
Why is this important?
The police show up 40 seconds after the attack starts! 40 seconds! That’s AMAZINGLY fast and you couldn’t ask for anything more. But in that 40 seconds, the man was still struck 20-30 times, the girl struck several times, and the Springfield Police posted this video because they weren’t able to apprehend any of the attackers and wanted help identifying them.
There were some obvious things that the couple could have done differently…like avoiding the alley/fatal funnel, being more aware of their surroundings, having a bright flashlight, pepper spray, or a Taser in their hand, or really doing ANYTHING other than strolling down an alley outside a club after midnight completely oblivious to their surroundings.
But what it all comes down to is the fact that YOU are responsible for YOUR safety, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of where you are, how close (or far) the police are, what you’re wearing, or what you’re doing.
And that’s why I’m going to suggest that you do one or both of the following…
Empty hands combatives (not martial arts) and situational awareness are the 2 core skills necessary for surviving surprise, fast, violent attacks that are common in many parts of the world and becoming more and more common here.
1. Regardless of whether you THINK you have a solid grasp of empty hands combatives or not, you need to check out Target Focus Training.
It’s important to see that none of those 20-30 strikes were “fight enders.” As soon as they stopped hitting him, he immediately got up and acted like nothing was wrong. It’s obvious that he had SOME damage, and they looked impressive, but none of the strikes were truly effective.
Let’s flip things around and assume that you defended yourself by striking an attacker 20-30 times the way that this man was struck. At that point, you’d probably be worn out and ready to leave…but as soon as you stopped striking him, he’d be free to get up and start returning the favor…either with strikes, a knife, or a gun. That’s why it’s SO important to understand targeting and why I recommend Target Focus Training.
The founder, Tim Larkin, was going through BUD/S (Navy SEAL training) in the 80s and had a catastrophic eardrum accident while diving that medically eliminated him from becoming a SEAL. Instead of sending him back to his old unit, he was asked to stay at Coronado and fix the current SEALs empty hands combatives system and redesign it from the ground up. He found the best of the best and the system worked incredibly well for the SEALs.
Fast forward to today…Tim got out of the Navy and has spent the last 2 decades with the other Target Focus Training instructors refining both the system AND their teaching methods so that people can learn them as quickly as humanly possible. TFT is now used by military, government, and law enforcement units around the globe and is one of the most effective empty hands combatives programs available to the general public. Want to learn more? Check it out by going >HERE< You won’t believe who’s been through the training or how affordable it is to get started learning the system.
2. Use situational awareness skills to avoid potential violent attacks. Look at your environment and look at the people in your environment, and don’t be afraid to leave if you see trouble coming.
Sun Tzu said it this way,
“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”
Regardless, if you can avoid conflicts with pre-fight skills, then hopefully you will never have to find out whether your martial skills are adequate or not.
You probably realized this, but the skill of being able to avoid and deter confrontation becomes more and more valuable as you get older.
It may not be as sexy as gun play or opening up a can of whup-ass, but you get to use it a lot more and it might save you from a conflict escalating to where you have to use your gun at all.
How can you practice situational awareness?
1. Every day, watch people and situations. Study them. Evaluate the people around you and your surroundings to get a general feel for how safe or unsafe you are. Then, BE COMFORTABLE LEAVING situations when things start getting hairy.
2. As you find yourself in disagreements and conflicts, begin the practice of disciplining yourself to add water to the fire, rather than fuel.
3. In disagreements, step back mentally while they’re happening and “take the temperature” of both yourself and the other person. Pay attention to the impact of the words you use, the volume, and your body language. And be prepared to physically leave and regroup if one or both of you can’t calm down or you run out of verbal tools to calm things down.
These are vital skills that you’ll use on a regular basis throughout your life, regardless of whether or not you carry a firearm.
In fact, they’re ESPECIALLY important if you carry a firearm so that you can avoid and deter conflict whenever possible and avoid the legal and financial mess that comes with defending yourself with a firearm.
Concealed Carry Masters Course hits this head on. In addition to the other SEALed Mindset instructors, retired Navy SEAL, Larry Yatch spent extended time operating covertly in hostile countries in both urban and rural areas where his life depended on his skills. In other words, this isn’t his first rodeo and he teaches material that he has personally battle tested.
In addition to cutting edge firearms training, Concealed Carry Masters’ Course will teach you a simple 2-step process for determining your REAL threat level accurately and automatically.
It’s the holy grail of situational awareness–WAY more awareness while being way more relaxed.
Best of all, it integrates seamlessly with the firearms training in the course.
Learn more now by going >HERE<
Between Larry’s situational awareness training and Tim’s empty hands combatives training, you’ll be ready for anything, any time, whether you’re fully armed or stepping out of the shower in your birthday suit.