Aware, Ready & Responsive for Survival Against Surprise Attacks
I recently saw and posted a video on my Face Book group & page showing surprise knife attacks. In almost every encounter the victim was either stabbed before they ever knew it was coming or they were simply to slow to react because they could not honestly believe that they were being lethally attacked.
In the attacks where it took the victim awhile to believe, adjust and respond to the attack, the time it took for their mind to adjust to the situation was simply too long. They were lethally stabbed before they could adjust. Had they been able to “instantly” realize and adjust to and for the seriousness of the situation they might have survived. There are a number of tricks for being aware and ready fast enough to survive this kind of situation. I will cover a couple of them here.
The first skill you must have to survive a lethal surprise attack is to train to be Aware of your surroundings. Are you aware of what is going on around you when you are out in public? For most people, unfortunately, the answer is no. The immediate second thing to train is to be responsive and ready for whatever it is that you become aware of.
Contemplate for a moment how you can do that.
At first it seems almost impossible to be immediately aware, ready and responsive to something that has not happened yet. It is important to realize that even surprise attacks do not materialize out of thin air. So, proper awareness followed by responsive action due to your readiness to take appropriate action can remove you from a bad situation before it fully develops. This is pre-emptive and key to surviving a lethal surprise attack. Even if the attack still happens, at least you are mentally as prepared as you can be and responding as fully as you can without the several second lag time (time that you simply do not have) if the attacker intends to severely harm or kill you.
For me this skill came easily. I grew up in very bad neighborhoods where you could be attacked at any time and you got used to being aware of that fact and responding appropriately by being aware, ready and responsive if something did start to happen.
The question is: How can someone train this. Of course I teach it in my Street Self Defense Programs.
The next one here is July 8th, 2014 and I am working on a video for the program for those of you who are long distance.
How can you train this at home?
The best training is to learn and practice being aware of your surroundings for more than 30 feet away from you every time you are anywhere out in public where you could potentially be attacked. This means not talking on the cell phone, ignoring your surroundings because you are talking with a friend, thinking about a good or bad experience you have had or are about to have such as a good or bad date, discussion, argument with someone or in any way being distracted from your immediate surroundings. I think of it the same way that you want to be when driving at 60 miles per hour in heavy traffic. If you ignore the traffic even for a moment then you will most like be in and the cause of a very bad accident.
The other thing you can do is to train scenarios that involve an element of surprise in them or sparring with more than one person where your primary goal is to keep both attackers in front of you and learning to move in a way that does not let either one of them get behind you. Of course your sparring partners are trying to flank you. We do teach and train this in our programs. This kind of sparring is involved and does require quite a bit of training to do well.
Our Ba Gua does this quite a bit.
You can watch my free videos on it here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrNPUBAMZb8UzWNp8ngKf_cYBL_B_eSCg