Colour Codes of Awareness
If you are not sure how to apply awareness when actually out and about engaging in this thing called life, a good place to begin, is with the Cooper colour code system of awareness. This can be found here .
The Alpha Male and the Predator
There are basically two types of attackers. One is the Alpha Male and one is a Predator. Anyone who has watched any wildlife documentaries will instinctly know what I mean by this.
- The Alpha Male wants to beat down anyone it sees as a threat. This is typically seen in fights out the front of pubs. Young aggressive males.
- Predatory attacks are ambush attacks. This is the type of attack used by someone after a wallet or money, all the way up to kidnapping, rape and murder.
Basically all types of attack are one of either these two. It is important to know the differences as different strategies are required to deal with them. More can be read about this key aspect of Low Tech Combat by visiting my post Alpha Male v Predatory Threats.
Know what to Look for
Knowing the attackers tactics and key indicators is another important area of the pre attack stage. An attacker will generally try to position himself in an advantageous position or already be waiting there and it is important to know this so as to know what to look for.
There are also behavioural signs which can indicate that a person may be about to attack or is looking for a victim. There is a lot of information out there regarding this. Some can be found here or here .
Once someone has selected you and decided to have a go, and you are unable to leave the area, the next step of an actual attack is when he approaches you. This is where the de-escalation strategies come into it, such as non aggressive posture, and verbally talking and diffusing the situation. There are a numerous strategies for this stage of conflict which may be found here .
If this part of the process does not get resolved or deteriorates further, we move onto the next stage...
The Attack Stage
The second stage of an attack is the Attack Stage. This is the stage in which most people spend all their time training in. This is where the actual attack is under way. It is physical.
From the beginning of an encounter, perhaps the best approach or techniques and tactics to use, are those that come from Reality Based Self Defence (RBSD) systems. RBSD deals primarily with the pre attack and the first immediate actions to do once the encounter has gone physical.
This enables a seamless transition from pre attack into attack and this is where RBSD systems excel. RBSD use various scenarios which can be scenarios inside a pub on a friday night, home invasion, robbery or anything. Scenarios can range from the most likely to most dangerous.
Its all about Initiative and who has it!
The beginning of an attack or encounter will give the person with the best initial response the initiative. Who has the initiative has the advantage. At this stage, who has the element of surprise pre attack, or initiative at the beginning of the physical attack, will have a massive advantage.
RBSD specialise in these areas of low tech combat. They generally practise in an open system of no rules at all and win at all costs methodology (including using improvised weapons) which is what is needed if it gets to this stage.
When Fight Skills come into it
But what happens if your counter attack or pre emptive attack doesn't work? Keep going of course. But if this happens and the attack can't be stopped quickly, any advantage had by an aggressive start and initiative will be eroding rapidly.
Once an encounter lasts longer than several seconds, fight skill comes into the equation. From here, someone who was caught by surprise can begin to regather themselves and sort themselves out and bring there game into play. This is where the combat sports and related systems come into their own.
The combat sports are by their very nature competitive systems such as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Judo and some Filipino weapon systems. These systems routinely practise and compete against another resisting human being. This is a major factor in the success of a medium to long term encounter.