Fusion - Part 1 of 2
You've been working through the Understanding Modern Violence course for a while now. You would have already learnt lots about how humans engage in combat with one another and commit violent crime. Most people who have studied self defense and martial arts topics for many years have never learnt this fundamental subject matter about modern violence.
Let's follow this up, build on what you have already learnt and make it more relavent for you.
You know how the Alpha Male and the Predator operate. You now have a good understanding of how violent crime happens.
You have also seen specific examples of how the Alpha Male and Predatory encounters can happen.
What can we learn further by stepping back for a second, taking a few deep breaths and consider what we already know?
For ease of consumption this information will be split into 2 parts as it is a little long to be read in one sitting. Part 2 will be sent to you in a few days.
Today, I will be breaking things down into 4 important steps.
Personalising Your Understanding of Human Combative Behaviour
Step 1. Know what type of attacker is most likely for you. Knowing what you know about the two types of attacker and violent crime statistics regarding what attacks are most likely, what do you think is the most likely attack you will face? Invest a few moments to contemplate this.
Even though assault is the most likely type of violent encounter overall, if you rarely go out drinking socially, stay out late or attend house parties or gatherings, that likelihood for you is much lower than the average.
Do you regularly take the train to work at weird hours? Do you walk through car parks and quiet back streets? Your chances of being mugged may be much higher than average.
Spend some time thinking about what you have learn during the Understanding Modern Violence course and consider your own lifestyle. For you, what is the most likely attack (or attacks) you may face? At the most basic level, knowing if you are more likely to face either an Alpha Male or a Predator is very important and will drive the following steps.
Step 2. Know where you are most likely to be attacked. From the previous step, where will that (or those) attacks most likely to occur? Be specific. This will largely depend on what type of attacker you have determined you will most likely face.
Will it be at your uncles house who holds rowdy parties?
What about walking home from the shops in the early evening?
Will it be at your local pub?
Will it be walking home from the pub or from dinner at your local restaurant?
Will it be walking back to your car following dinner on a saturday night with friends?
What street precisely?
What section of the train station?
You may feel that there is not one particular location. You may feel there are two or even three locations where you feel violence may show its ugly head. These are your 'Vulnerable Points'. These are the places you are most vulnerable to coming into contact with violence.
Step 3. Know how you are most likely to be attacked. You know what type of attacker you are most likely to face for your own lifestyle. You know where this is most likely to happen. Now consider how this will play out.
Will it be an argument with someone, possibly someone you know? It may not be your best friend. It could be a friend of a friend or a friend of a relative. You may just know of them but not well at all. Consider how differences of opinion could escalate to an argument and then blows.
Consider the topic an argument may be about. A former girlfriend? Family differences or issues? Actually visualise how it could happen. Picture the location (or locations), picture what you will be doing. Picture how you will be approached. This could be for Alpha male or Predatory attacks.
Walking home from the shops, how will a mugger approach you?
Will he be stationary?
Will he follow you from the busy area into your quiet neighbourhood and be behind you?
Will you be ambushed in the car park at the train station?
What will you be looking for as your likely attacker approaches?
What will give an aggressor away?
What will they be doing that a normal person will not be doing?
What would be the signs and indicators of an attacker?
The clearer the picture you have for each likely scenario the better prepared you will be in the event those scenarios play themselves out for real.
Step 4. Know how many people you are most likely to be attacked by. You have seen the statistics surrounding this already. We know three or more attackers, in many locations, are more likely than just two.
For your most likely attack scenarios, how many people are you most likely to face? It will probably be just one but consider some alternatives.
For an assault encounter, it may just be one, but there may easily be others around who may step in.
For a mugging, it may just be one. Are there examples in your area of groups of youths mugging locals? Can you research this yourself? This can be very area specific. This type of knowledge can be powerful in preparing you for your most likely attack scenarios.
Consider more than just one option. Try to be area specific for what is likely to happen where you live.
Today's lesson has just been the first part of two. I hope you now have a much clearer view of what type of threat you are most likely to come up against. It really does help to sit down and consider these points. Visualise exactly how a likely scenario will play out. The more detailed your visualisation the more realistic you can paint the picture in your own mind.
This can really help limit the amount of surprise and shock you are going to face in the unlikely event you are attacked in the future. Avoidance and evasion is not a 100% guarenteed method to prevent an aggressor approaching you. It does lower the risk though.
Even try to imagine who else may be around, what smells there are likely to be. When you next go through those vulnerable points, look around. Look for places where an aggressor may emerge from.
You will be receiving part 2 in the next couple of days. In the mean time, happy travels and stay safe!