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Self Defense, Attacker, Protection, Assault, Deadly Weapon
Warrior, Mentality, Life, Death, Survival, Marine, Fighting, Tactics

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A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

 

This is a practical self-defense guide is targeted towards the untrained individual who desires to embody a warrior mentality, and learn how to survive vicious life and death situations with the principles and strategies of close quarters fighting. This text is designed to teach my personal fighting principles and strategies for the sole purpose of increasing your chances of survival to the maximum potential. This is not a style of martial arts; these fighting tactics are extremely violent in nature because they were born on the battlefield, and designed for combating the most savage and deadly encounters in real world scenarios. It combines human biological instincts with self-control to form a completely fluid fighting strategy that is perpetually changing based on your threat and the environment around you. Everyone thinks and operates differently. Every threat will originate from a different source and in a different environment, each with a different set of objectives. The distance between you and the enemy, who or what is in the immediate vicinity, how tall or how many threats are present, and whether or not your enemy has a weapon are all factors that will influence your fighting tactics and techniques. The way you fight when you are attacked sitting down at a restaurant with your family is going to be completely different than the way you fight when you are jumped by three people who follow you into an elevator. Martial arts are just tools to help you succeed in combat, and those tools are only as effective as the individual wielding them. No one style is more deadly than another. There is no such thing as a dangerous move, a dangerous weapon, or a dangerous body. There are only dangerous minds. Using only a single style of martial arts in violent combat would only be self-limiting. Therefore, the creative and fluid individual is far more important than any style or system. (Lee 1975)

If you teach someone a fighting move, that person gains the knowledge to utilize that move in a very narrow set of circumstances. If you teach someone the concepts behind that fighting move, that person now has the power to attack and defend in all environments, plus gain the insight to incorporate that same fighting concept in other aspects of that person’s life. These principles are based on my own personal experience and inspired by Bruce Lee's Jeet Kun Do (Way of the Intercepting Fist). Bruce Lee taught to “absorb what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is essentially your own” (Lee 1975).

If you completely disagree with my methodology or are offended by the violent nature of the material, stop reading. If you refuse to open your mind to self-defense concepts that can save your life, and are unwilling the get a few bruises on your elbows practicing these techniques, then I suggest you lock yourself in your home and never come out again.

I think it is also important to note that throughout this text I will continually refer to all aggressors and assailants as men. Although it is statistically correct to assume you are most likely going to be attacked by a male, your brain is biologically wired to perceive males as more threatening than females, making the presence of a male aggressor an effective tool in these hypothetical scenarios. Nevertheless, make no mistake; if you base your tactical decisions on the sex of your enemy, you are only setting yourself up for failure.

 

CHAPTER ONE

Intuition is the ability to immediately understand something without any conscious reasoning, and it is our most valuable tool in identifying danger. Fear is nothing but the median in which our intuition communicates with us. As a species, we are designed for self-preservation. Though we all interpret these signals differently, we are constantly receiving intuitive impulses from our environment and the people around us. When you get a strong unexplainable feeling that something is wrong or you might be in danger, you need to explore this impulse and how it seems to relate to the present situation you are in. This “. . . gut feeling is in fact a cognitive process, faster than we recognize and far different from the familiar step-by-step thinking we rely on so willingly” (de Becker 1997). Your intuition is not always right, but it is always looking out for your safety and wellbeing. Being open minded will do nothing but increase your chances of survival. Trust your instincts. Once you learn to objectively listen to your fear, it will never hinder or slow you down again. There are no guaranteed tactics for avoiding dangerous humans. Conflict is all part of human experience, and as imperfect beings with our own individual ambitions, we are constantly conflicting with one another every single day. When you find yourself in the middle of a serious confrontation and you feel you might be in danger, having a good understanding of what motivates your aggressor and what kind of tactics he may use against you can help you determine your best course of action.

Aggressor Archetypes

90% Prey. It is my estimation that nine out of ten people you will come into contact with are what I deem as prey. They do not want trouble with anyone, nor do they expect anything bad to ever occur to them. Most prey just go about their business never really paying attention to their surroundings, walking around in public with headphones on or with their heads down while they text on their phone. As a result, they become easy targets and they are often caught completely off guard. A confrontation with prey will rarely go far beyond intimidation, such as puffing out the chest and throwing hands up in the air to appear larger, or shouting and shoving in an attempt to hide impotence. In most cases, simply walking away can prevent escalating the situation further.

9% Predator. Look around next time you are out, there is a fraction of the population that have their heads on a swivel and will take notice to your observations. These predators look where they are going, pay attention to who is around them and what is around the corner. Not all predators are “bad guys” of course. Most police officers and individuals with military experience operate in this regard. This type of individual is going to fight back when attacked. Confronting a predator can reveal an aggressive bully who may attempt to get in your face, or adopt a fighting stance for the added intimidation factor. If the individual feels confident he can quickly gain the upper hand, he may just outright attack you. However, predators only hunt weaker prey. Stand up straight and take notice to what is transpiring around you. As long as a predator identifies you as another predator, he is most likely going to move on in search for a weaker target.

1% Hunter-Killer. It takes a special kind of person to attack a more dangerous predator. A hunter-killer does not have any interest in fairness or reason, and may openly attack a stronger opponent for the very challenge. Or, conversely, this individual may kill off predators and prey simply for the amusement. This type of individual does not have value in life, and is not afraid to die. Unfortunately, this aggressor should be considered the most dangerous archetype due to its stealth, rather than its prowess. A hunter-killer is a master at blending into the baseline. This person will be a friendly neighbor or a polite customer, capable of far more than you are immediately aware of. If you were at a bar and found yourself in a confrontation with a hunter-killer, it is more likely that this person is going to wait for you to stumble to your car and slit your throat in the parking lot, or follow you home to find where you live so that person can silently kill you rather than bringing attention to himself by aggressively attacking you out in the open. For this very reason, it is wise to always pay close attention, trust few, and do wrong to no one.

It is also important to note that when someone confronts you in an aggressive manner, your aggressor has certain subconscious expectations about your reaction. He probably expects you to reciprocate the aggressiveness, attack him out of anger, freeze in fear, or maybe even run. Acting completely nonchalant about the whole situation, however, is going be a completely unexpected reaction. Your aggressor will be outside of his comfort zone because he has no pre-planned thought processes set in place for this particular behavior. He will have no idea what to expect from you anymore. Centuries ago, Sun Tzu said “The more possibilities you present to the enemy, the more diffuse he is forced to become. The more diffuse he becomes, the more difficult it is for him to concentrate sufficiently to make a successful attack”. More often than not, your aggressor is going to cut his losses and move on. Now that you have been confronted, there are only a few options your enemy has immediately available to use against you.

 

Chapter 7

The distance between you and your opponent can have a huge effect in determining the fastest and most efficient way to respond to a threat. Being comfortable with your individual fighting distances is just as important as understanding that everyone’s fighting distances are completely different. Height, the length of the arms and legs, vertical jump, and how quickly an individual can traverse these distances are going to determine one’s danger space, or the region of space around an individual where he is most effective and dangerous at each individual fighting distance.

Fighting Distances

Beyond Kicking Range. Beyond Kicking Range is the maximum distance in which you can effectively leap and kick from a static position. A relatively safe range to be at, leaping towards an opponent in order to land a flying kick is the only way to traverse to the next fighting distance. Jumping far is simply a matter of increasing the amount of time you are able to travel through the air, therefore determined by lateral speed and the height of your vertical jump. Although it is more difficult to execute an attack at Beyond Kicking Range, a flying kick is capable of generating far more energy than nearly any other attack at any given distance.

Kicking Range. Kicking Range is the maximum distance in which you can effectively launch a kick from a static position. Being that most people do not train to kick, it is a distance often completely disregarded. This leaves an advancing enemy open to be intercepted by your kick before he even gets within range to launch his attack. Any kick that requires you to balance on one stationary foot will turn you into a stationary target until the foot you kicked with returns to the ground and you can move once again. If your opponent can clearly see one of your feet leave the ground, it is an obvious telegraph and it requires a great deal of flexibility, balance, coordination, and timing to make it an effective attack. Instead try the Front Push Kick. It is perfect for stopping an advancing attacker before he can get close enough to punch or grab you. It is also great for creating distance between you and your attacker by effectively “pushing” him back with your kick, giving yourself more time to launch more attacks, maneuver, or make a tactical withdrawal. Assume you are standing in a static position with your feet shoulder width apart when you are confronted by your attacker. Take a small step towards the threat with your weak foot, use the 2” Drop, bring your hands up to protect your face, employ the posterior pelvic tilt, and get on the balls of your feet (employ the Blitzkrieg Posture). While you have your attacker’s attention focused on your raised hands as he moves in to attack, project your body towards the threat by kicking off the ground with your rear foot and kick with your entire bodyweight into your advancing opponent. By taking the most direct path towards the enemy you telegraph very little, your opponent may not even see it coming. Even if your kick fails, your kicking foot must quickly return to the ground directly in front of you and become your new lead foot in order to keep you from falling forward onto your face. This gives you the ability to immediately snap another full bodyweight attack in any direction, including another Front Push Kick with the opposite leg. You could even evolve a failed Front Push Kick into the Spartan Defense, or make use of its Spartan Shield to give your knees and kicks added protection. Kicks, flying knees, and employing the Spartan Defense are the best way to safely traverse between Kicking and Boxing Range.