Lowering your Victim profile – become the “Grey Person”!

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In a August 1996 Guns & Ammo article written by Jim Grover a.k.a Kelly McCann, the following points were outlined to help you lower your victim profile.

  • Dress to blend whenever possible
  • Watch the overt display of affluence
  • Walk with another whenever possible
  • Move away quickly from sudden impediments to your movement
  • Keep away from walls (i.e., stay out of arm’s reach) when turning corners while walking
  • Use physical barriers whenever possible
  • Develop contingencies
  • Don’t let embarrassment or pride deter you from using good security precautions
  • LOOK for trouble
  • Always carry a less-than-lethal weapon
  • Don’t second-guess yourself if you truly believe, This is it!!!!

I believe the image you want to project is the one (the grey person) that the average person will forget the second he takes his eyes off of you, however, you also want to project one that the bad-guy “DO” notice and know you are not to be messed with.  You can do this by projecting a positive, aware and alert image! Everyone agrees that the criminal is looking for the easy target.  Don’t be that target! Just be careful not to be the one identified as the Guy or Gal with the gun.

How do you become the individual that is aware, alert, and is not a soft target? You do this by training and actually being capable of putting up a fight, by looking alive when you have to, yet not look like a human radar when the situation doesn’t require it. No need to be paranoid, but be ALERT!  Think in terms of Colonel Jeff Cooper’s condition yellow;

CONDITION YELLOW-   This is a relaxed state of general alertness, with no specific focal point. You are not looking for anything or anyone in particular; you simply have your head up and your eyes open.  You are alert and aware of your surroundings.  You do not expect to be attacked today but you recognize the possibility.

Anything or anyone in your immediate vicinity that is unusual, out of place, or out of context, should be viewed as potentially dangerous, until you have had a chance to assess it. When your mental radar picks up on a blip, you should immediately be prepared escalate up to the next level.

Here is one additional suggestion, watch what you wear.  Consider dull colors, current fashion and be careful about wearing the latest 5.11 fashions, tactical rigger belts and vests.  I am not suggesting that you never wear these types of clothing, I do.  My suggestion is to blend them with other civilian clothing and try not to look like the latest tactical fashion model or civilian private security contractor.  Take a little time and do a 360-degree evaluation of yourself and see yourself through the eyes of others.  This is obviously the pathway to self-awareness and will certainly enhance your self-protection skills.  The following Scottish poet by Robert Burns praised the importance of the 360-degree evaluation:

Oh that the gods
The gift would gi’e us
To see ourselves
As others see us

Being the Grey Person take a little effort but is extremely important in the world today.  The 3 Cs, criminals, crazies and crusaders are looking for the easy target, don’t be that target.  Remember the motto, “Train Today for Tomorrow’s Battles!”

Invent Daily Test!

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This idea comes from the great book titled “The Little Book of Talent” by Daniel Coyle.  Coyle states that “to invent a good test, ask yourself: What’s one key element of this skill?”  WOW!  What a great question.

In the world of Self Protection skills, there are many tests that we can conducted.  There are physical fitness test, firearms shooting test, martial arts skill test and the list goes on.  I recommend that we all set aside some time each day to design some simple Warrior skill tests.

I would love to hear you comments on simple tests that you design and develop to enhance your Warrior skills.

Incognito?

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Here is a great quote from a great book!  “The goal is to invest thousands of hours of training so that in the heat of the battle the right maneuvers will come automatically, with no interference from consciousness.”  – David Eagleman

Is your training incognito? So the big question is, what amount of time are you spending on your self-protection training?  Once a month, once a week, once a day or very infrequently?  Here is an interesting measuring tool!

Amateur Talent – 2000 hours of practice

Average Talent – 5000 hours of practice

Expect Abilities – 10000 hours of practice

Yes, that is a lot of practice time.  Just remember, focus on mastering the basics, they will be there when you need them.  In my opinion, way to much time is spent on practicing so-called advance skills and letting the basic skills deteriorate.

Practice your basic self-protection skills daily to include your situational awareness. You should also study your body’s external and internal natural reactions to fear.  Why?  This way you will know what to expect when faced with sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activation.  Remember, the SNS is most likely activated from the FEAR of Death, Serious Bodily Injury or Pain.  Our goal is to calm the fires of the SNS and get the PNS (para-sympathetic nervous) system back in control.  One simple method to do this is BREATHING!  I will discuss this more in future post.

Ok, enough talking.  Get out there and train.  Do something today to enhance your Self-Protection skills and be safe!

What is the BEST Home Defense Weapon?

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So what is the BEST Home Defense Weapon?  I can hardly wait to hear all the exciting answers to this loaded question.  So what is my answer!  The one that you have access to in the time of need.  The one that you have trained to deployed effectively.  The one that stops the threat that you are facing.

There are obviously lots of answers.  Here is something to think about.  What if we immediately start developing an Improvised Weapon (IW) mentality.  How do we do this, easy!  Look all around your home and find items that can be used fight off an attacker.  I am sure there are plenty.

Please stop what you are doing right now and look around. Look in every room and find at least one IW.  This is an extremely important exercise to do before you face a deadly force threat, not while you are in the middle of it.

So what is your BEST Home Defense Weapon?  Please send some feedback, I would love to hear from you.

Training with a Combatives Legend

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Today is August 31st and I have the true pleasure of training with a NLP & Combatives Legend,  Marcus Wynne.  If you do not know who this is, please immediately click this link. http://www.marcuswynne.com/.  The things that he has done are off the chart.

When you visit his link, I highly recommend you read one of his novels.  You will get a dose of hardcore combatives, wrapped in a military and law enforcement adventure theme, with lots of mystery and real world violence.

BTW!  This great seminar Marcus Wynne LKN Seminar adobe is at Nick Hughes’s training center in NC. http://nickhughescombatives.com/ .If you are not here, sorry you are really missing out.  Nick is an awesome instructor and combatives expert also.  It is truly going to be an incredible day!

RCAT!

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Here is a basic handgun defense principle.  “RCAT” – Redirect, Control, Attack and Takeaway. 

First we redirect the muzzle of the weapon from all body parts.  This might also mean that you move your body, not just push the weapon away.  Get the line of fire off your body.

Next we control the weapon.  Remember leverage!  Once the muzzle is redirected, you should get control of either the weapon or the weapon hand. 

The third step is attack.  An aggressive counter attack is suggested.  This might be accomplished with an empty hand , knife or even you own handgun.  If you decide to engage with your handgun, just remember, you are up close and personal, do not give your adversary your firearm.  Maintain a good weapon retention position while you are firing and watch out for your own arm.

Finally, disarm the assailant.  This might be accomplished when the bullet penetrates his chest cavity or after the empty hand counter attack you get two hands on the firearm and dislodge it from his grip.

Practice, practice and more practice is the key.  Also do not forget realism and safety.  During a violent encounter or combat and activation of the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) will occur.  The activation of the SNS is often referred to as the “Fight or Flight Syndrome”.  It is activated by FEAR of Death, Serious Bodily Injury or Pain.  Realistic Force on Force drills utilizing proper protective equipment can create a reasonable facsimile of combat.  These drills are extremely important to include in your daily training. 

Remember this quote and make this a goal of your training, “To master self-defence so well as to never have to kill anyone…” –  Imi Lichtenfeld

Effective Self Protection!

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I am constantly reminded by events that happen, that the keys to effective Self Protection have little to do with actual physical fighting skills.  Do we need the fighting skills, absolutely!  However, if you practice the following three things, you can certainly keep yourself out of a lot of trouble.

  • Practice good Situational Awareness! Look around, keep your head on swivel and look for pre-incident indicators.  There are usually warning or danger signs that precede an attack.  Do you know what they are and have you honed your abilities to see these signs.  Remember and practice Colonel Jeff Cooper’s Color Code system of Mental Readiness.
  • Maintain Distance or Space between you and a potential adversary.  If not distance, find an obstacle or barrier at get behind it.  Most trainers describe the reactionary gap as 6 feet or more.  If you can not maintain this gap, then get your hands up and prepare for a potential assault.
  • Always look for an Escape Route. Again, put you head on swivel, if you can find an opening to disengage, take it.  There is nothing wrong with running away and seeking a better tactical position.

Simple enough:  Situational Awareness, Maintain Distance or Space, and look for Escape Routes. These are all skills that can be trained daily.  Train effectively and often and remember to always pay attention!