threat will illegally strike when conditions are most favorable
for him, and least favorable for you. You're not a "random
disarmed victim." You've been carefully selected. Perhaps
a more accurate term would be "a target of convenience."
You were available, and didn't make it sufficiently difficult
that the threat was dissuaded from pursuing you. Someday,
you'll be at home, alone. You may be asleep or in the shower.
You may just be relaxing with the tunes cranked. The threat
knows this, and this is the moment he'll pick to illegally
demonstrate that trends show growing numbers of assault by
tumult rather than deception. That means that the threat's
already "cased" your house, determined what's of
value and how to best get it. You won't be able to just tell
him to "go away," because your first inkling that
this may not turn out to be one of your most stellar evenings
is when the threat literally kicks in your door or window,
and rushes in with at least half a dozen armed, screaming
three elements to the party: surprise, momentum, (sometimes
incorrectly referred to as "speed") and violence,
the identical elements taught to all SWAT and special forces
as the basic elements of close-quarter combat.
In his tome "On War," the brilliant early nineteenth
century Prussian soldier, Carl von Clausewitz, advised: "Surprise
lies at the foundation of all undertakings, without exception."
general who catches his enemy off-guard has control of the
field, Clausewitz noticed. Not only does he cause confusion
and discouragement in the opposing troops, he also determines
the place and terms of battle, an immense
advantage. What's the difference between excitement and surprise?
Excitement's a surprise you know is coming.
you've previously thought about it, you don't have a plan
to counter surprise. Having achieved surprise, his next course
to defeat you as a threat is to cause you to be physically
unable to offer any resistance to his ability
to illegally do you harm. He'll accomplish this by aggressively
assaulting you, typically first using momentum to propel you
backwards, then to the ground, but occasionally, by immediate
application of ferocious violence, usually employing an illegal
weapon giving him disparity of force, such as an illegal firearm,
knife or bludgeon. An alarm may give you some fleeting tactical
advantage to counter his surprise, allowing you time to access
a defensive weapon that'll defeat his momentum.
not having to rob you of precious split-seconds deciding whether
to grab a defensive weapon first or call for backup first,
you now have time to prepare a little surprise involving violence
to him, knowing that it's only a matter of time until his
position is untenable. If you're surprised and must meet his
onslaught with only open-hand techniques, I recommend first
to go for his eyes and/or chin, which tilts his head backwards,
and failing that, use the clavicle notch to disable and drive
the threat backwards, creating momentum. Your implemented
plan brings to him exactly the same elements and is the only
method outside of overwhelming superior force to reverse the
you're being illegally assaulted so viciously that you have
no chance to counter it, drive in, protecting your head by
holding it under one of his arms, against his chest, holding
yourself to him by wrapping one arm around him, using the
other to fend off his illegal assault.
position? It only appears so. This position gives you time
to relax, comparatively, and regroup. What can you do to reverse
the course of the assault from here? You're in a perfect position
to bite. That should get his attention. He won't be expecting