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Fusion - part 2 of 2

This is the 2nd of 2 parts which aim to enhance your understanding of modern violence and make what you have learn more relavent for you.

Let's get into it.

In part 1, we looked at 4 important steps.

  1. Know what type of attacker is most likely for you

  2. Know where you are most likely to be attacked

  3. Know how you are most likely to be attacked

  4. Know how many people you are most likely to be attacked by

Sound familiar? Good. These are important steps to go through. I will now list the remaining points and then finish up.

Step 5. Know what weapon you are most likely to face. We know in the US you are most likely to face a firearm. In the UK and Australia you are most likely to face an edge weapon.

Do you study defences to these weapons? Do you have an awareness of how these weapons are used? Most attacks are unarmed but you need to consider these armed possibilities because the consequences of facing these weapons are much higher than facing an unarmed attack.

Many martial artists and even self defence practitioners (and instructors) refuse to learn serious and effective defences to firearms and edged weapons. They seem to fall outside of their interest zone. Many prefer to study more classical weapons because it is more aesthetically pleasing or fits more within their paradigm.

Ignoring modern weapons is ignoring the threat. That is not self defence. That is something else.

  • How is your most likely weapon carried?

  • How is it drawn?

  • How does an untrained person use the weapon compared to someone who is skilled in its use?

  • How is it used to commit violent crime?

  • How does its use vary between those who aim to threaten with it versus those who intend to use it?

  • What damage is usually inflicted on victims with that weapon?

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of said weapon?

I cannot stress enough the importance of learning even the basics about these weapon systems. Learning physical defensive techniques is beyond the scope of Understanding Modern Violence, however, I can let you know I am working on a project that goes deep into its analysis of edged weapons use and edged weapons defense. This project is something I can talk more about another day.

Step 6. Be aware and observant. You know what is most likely to happen, how and where. This is information not many people ever know. This is powerful stuff.

Now it is up to you to be mindful of this and maintain your awareness. Now rather than just looking for anything and everything, you know specifics of what to look for, where and when.

Near your vulnerable points, always be aware and watchful. This is your highest risk time and place.

Even if you dont always maintain basic awareness at least do so during the times and locations where you know you are most likely to be attacked.

Step 7. Know what you will do! Knowing what to look for and detecting it is one thing (a vital part), but you must also spend some time considering how you will respond if you do detect a threat.

  • What will you do?

  • Will you leave early?

  • What can you say to diffuse a likely situation?

  • Do you know alternate routes to or from your train station to work?

  • Are there places you could go to take refuge?

  • Is simply crossing the road a good first response.

Can you think of three different levels of response as things escalate? This can be a very robust approach to take. Spend some time on this.

Have a plan. Know it. Rehearse it. Walk through it.

As a more proactive measure, spend some time considering how you could modify your lifestyle, your activities, to completely remove you from those vulnerable points. This is the highest level of real self defense right here. This is how you apply knowledge.

If you have identified that the most vulnerable point for you is walking back to your car from the restaruant on a saturday night, consider implementing changes to this. Can you get a friend to walk you to your car? Can you park in a closer carpark even if that carpark is more expensive? Can you park in a well lit part of the carpark and take a differen, safer, route? Can you leave the restaurent earlier?

These are just some suggestions for how your actions can mitigate the risk of becoming a victim of violent crime. And only you can answer these questions.


These 7 progressive steps will really go a long way to helping you avoid violence by using your brain and defeating your enemies without fighting. This is what it is all about.

You cannot really do these steps unless you have learnt the material in Understanding Modern Violence.

A smart self defense strategy is about applying knowledge and seeks to never revert back to using dumb physical responses unless it is 100% necessary. Remember the differences between Plan A and Plan B. Plan A is our priority.

Stay tuned for more Understanding Modern Violence coming your way.