Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Surprise

The main reason some people attack other people – barring mental instability – is because they think they can get away with it. As Clint Smith says, “if you look like food, you’ll get eaten.” We volunteer to be food by not being aware of our surroundings, and telling predators through nonverbal communication, body language, that are an easy victim. To avoid being a ‘target’ we present body language that says we’re confident and prepared, plus maintain awareness, using our senses to monitor our environment. If forced to fight we counterattack using speed and aggressive actions. We win the fight by forcing our opponent(s) to decide that we’re not the victims they expected, or by gaining compliance through gunfire, inflicting enough physical damage that they can’t continue to fight.

Body language is critical to not appearing as food. Keep your spine erect, shoulders back, eyes up, and walk with confidence. Shuffling along with your head down, shoulders drooping, and feet scuffing the ground, tells predators you are already beaten, you’re just looking for someone to finish you off. When it comes to body language, speak confidently.

Use your senses to maintain awareness of your environment. Keep your eyes up, constantly scanning. While scanning, don’t look to make sure everything is alright. This will cause you to miss something important. Get into the habit looking for something out of place, a sign that something is not right. I see possible trouble, and begin formulating my response in advance. Pay attention to your other senses as well. Being visually oriented creatures, we sometimes fail to pay attention to our other senses. You’re walking in a parking lot at night when you hear someone running behind you. Look to see who it is and what they are doing. Don’t let yourself be surprised you something you should have noticed.

When forced to fight, we immediately respond with aggressive actions. Remember, the attacker isn’t expecting you to fight back. Speed, aggression, and surprise are important tactics. “I knew this could happen,” you say to yourself, “and I have the skills to solve this problem.” There is no time to freeze up or hesitate, and submitting is not an option. By fighting back you may be injured, but we know from recent events that curling up in the fetal position and hoping nothing happens doesn’t work out well.

A couple words of advice: Don’t overestimate your abilities, and never underestimate your threat(s). These two things will put you in the hurt locker quickly. Practice and improve your skills, planning for the worst case scenario. Stay alert. Judge people on what their capabilities may be, not what you think their intentions are. When it’s time to fight, think, and make a decision, and respond immediately with aggressive actions. Make the threat(s) respond to your actions, instead of constantly responding to what’s being done to you. Think about it this way – once the fight starts, you become the predator. Surprise!

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September 19, 2010 - Posted by | Concealed Carry, Defensive Mindset

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