If you can create three things, you can win any physical altercation no matter what weapons are involved. Your mind is the weapon, a gun and knife are just tools. Here are the elements you need to win the fight; Speed, Shock Force, Violence of Action. Yesterday we talked about Speed, today we’ll look at Shock Force.
Shock Force or surprise is a great ally. You don’t just need the surprise part, you need the shock to go with it. That moment after someone is scared or surprised, that they just stare in amazement and do nothing. You need to create that in your enemy. In the Marine Corps, we are taught to just yell. It works. I’ve run down the streets of Baghdad with a hundred Marines attacking hundreds of Iraq National Guard and they where so shocked they decided to huddle up in the open and try and figure out what to do. A Huey Cobra solved that problem. Obviously, a hundred plus Marines in battle raddle running down the street yelling is a shocking sight, but you can do this in a fight. A simple yell works well. A mugger picked you to rip off because you looked like an easy target. If you start screaming and running at him, he’ll probably think you are crazy. You only need that second for him to think “what the…” for you to land a punch or draw your weapon.
The other forms of shock you can use are your flashlights and distractions. I just finished watching the Karate Kid II again and there is a part the bad guy robs Daniel, takes his money out of his wallet and throws it on the ground. Daniel bends over to pick it up and then hits the bad guy in the crotch and runs away. It could work.
The other kind of distraction is that people generally see what they expect to see. Police officers have to train themselves constantly to overcome this. Even when a cop has a gun on someone and says take your hands out of you pocket and put them over your head. The cop expects the criminal to do what he is told, and expects his hands to be empty when they come out of pockets. One old cop taught me that he could never get over that, so he either had the person turn around and take his hands out of his pockets or would hold onto the guys arm as his hand came out of the pocket. This could work to your advantage. The dirt bag has a knife and says give me your wallet. You say okay and put your hand inside your coat and come out with your gun. I do practice this technique on and off for that situation.
The flashlight at night is a great distraction and creates enough shock force for you to act. The darker it is, generally the more a criminal likes it, and the more effect your flashlight will have on him. I currently carry a LED Lenser P5R. It’s not my favorite light I’ve ever carried, but at 200 lumens, it’s one of the brightest. I tried it on a volunteer and even in a lighted house, it made her shut her eyes for a couple of seconds to get the stars to go away. A flashlight is by far my favorite distraction device and weapon to carry on me all the time.
Come back tomorrow to read about Violence of Action and how to put it all together