I receive several newsletters from tactical training groups. In one of them there was a short article about the above mentioned subject. This is a subject that is a virtual minefield because of the different views, philosophies and social standards.
We can start by looking at the thugs on the street that don’t share a common persons perspective on conflicts. If we divide a conflict into 5 levels, we can see how slowly we progress from level 1 (being a low level verbal conflict) to level 5 (being the extreme in a physical conflict). For most people “the most serious” is no where close to my perspective or perhaps another person’s perspective of a level 5 threat. A typical example is how seriously it is taken when a 17 year old person tries to stab or actually stabs another person. Stabbing a person repeatedly, or attempting to, is a level 5 threat in my book. It is often looked upon with a lack of seriousness. The Danish law says the defending person is allowed to use equal force to defend them self. The Danish social standard says something else completely. I’ve heard the expression, “you are built kinda big aren’t you?” and “you have training don’t you?” Size can save you in some cases when being stabbed in certain places on the body but you have to be big and lucky. The guiding perception is training and size some how changes the knife to a rubber training knife. There is a false perception regarding what people see on TV and in the movies. Another problem is what some call “equalisers,” or threat amplifiers They can be used by the assaulting person or the defending person. Common equalizers can be: guns, knives, blunt weapons, bottles, etc. The list goes on, equalizers can also be 3 other gang members that don’t have your best wishes in mind. Now add equalizers and the ability to jump straight to level 5 aggressiveness, then serious problem arises. The next factor is experience with such situations. Hooligans are good at functioning during such situations because of sheer experience. It has been their teacher. They know how normal people react to the threat they pose. What kind of experience does a normal person have ? The answer is … most don’t have much! Even people who have fought in tournaments are behind the game. They are trained for a sport arena, a different world completely. An example could be a total surprise regarding your own reaction to the adrenaline dump that takes place. How many people train to cope with an adrenaline dump in a real life assault? Being hit worsens the effect with confusion and pain. Having your family close by causes all sorts of conflicts in the decision making process. The last part of the equation, we are looking at, is the human body. How do we best physically prepare ourselves for and assault? The human body can take enormous amounts of punishment and a moment later be damaged with the least amount of pressure. Shear dumb luck plays a role too. How does one best prepare for a potential assault?
- Adrenaline training will get you farther than you think.
- Thinking situations through ahead of time helps greatly. The “what if game “ does a lot to prepare a person.
- Do not project your standards on to other people. You may feel like a moral person that requires quite a lot to become physical. This is not always true for others, especially with those having past experience in violence.
- A certain amount of physical activity is good for our mental state of mind as well as our ability to heal and avoid sickness. A fit body can also react/act faster and take more punishment.
There are other things we can do but you get the general idea.