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Self Defence Beware the Sucker Punch. The Surprise Attack
Bullying: Don't Be Another Victim or a Bullies Fool!
By Dale Ovenstone: Updated August 2014
We All Love Surprises, But Only The Good Kind. The Nasty Kind of Surprise Could Get us a Good Hiding, or Even Kill Us!
This article implies to you if you are:
1: Innocent Folk Not Looking For Trouble, Or Expecting Violence
2: Trained or Training Martial Arts Practitioners
3: Trained or Training Boxers & Fighters
This Is VERY Important, I Think You Should Read On:
I want to bring to your attention a Must Know Technique, which is so important for personal self protection, that one day, what I am about to share with you may save you from a nasty beating; or may even save your life.
And this applies to you no matter how well trained, or how much of an expert you are at fighting; martial arts, cage fighting, Mixed Martial Arts, street fighting, self defence, scrapping, boxing, & taking care of yourself; or any other practices for self protection purposes. if you don’t adhere to what I share today, you may be defeated, lose a fight or even get yourself killed!
This Is Important:
Anyone, I mean ANYONE, can be physically attacked, assaulted, ANYWHERE, I mean anywhere (please understand this as a fact of life-and do take it on board)
What is more shocking; in the eyes of your aggressor he may not need a ‘real’ reason (that makes sense to you anyway) that encourages him to launch a vicious attack onto you. Even though he may even be a complete stranger to you-you don't know what is going on in his mind, do you?
How do I know this, you may ask; because I have experienced & witnessed many aspects of 'what the heck was that all about' no reason violent scenarios, throughout my life.
And NO I am NOT the aggressor; far from it in fact- I like to share my experiences hoping you won't have to find out the hard way, like I once did.
Here is my story: I used to be bullied in school. I used to be bullied in the street. I was once even bullied whilst being a young car driver (a shame, I know,) but I did do something about it.
And since then (I am 53 now) I have witnessed many unarmed, violent situations many times, and plenty of road-rage scenarios, too. Only problem is: it makes me sad to hear of good, or totally innocent persons getting knocked down & beaten by mindless thugs.
In fact, most of these violent cases could well have been avoided, If Only The Victim Had Spotted The Danger Signs & Seen It Coming.
They could create the opportunity to respond appropriately & maybe turn the tables in their favour-and a fair fighting chance against their aggressor(s) could have been adhered, at least.
So, what is this important aspect you must take on board at all times; especially when you are out and about in the street, shopping, work place, or out socializing, or even in your home or study place?
The Number One Most Important Trait For Personal Self Protection
Would you agree?
The Opposite of Awareness in Confrontation of Any Kind
Simply Put: Surprise Will Undoubtedly Beat Awareness Any Time
Simple awareness! Or, becoming a street predator instead of street prey to mindless louts and thugs and bullies; roaming McDonald's, out in the streets, in back allies, underground car-parks, Tescos & Asdas!
Becoming More Expectant Of Nasty Violent Situations Kicking Off. Anywhere at Any Time!
Let me bring to your attention some true life examples...
These outcomes occurred due to lack of awareness-if awareness was inbuilt into the victims fore-mind, who know's what the outcome could have been. Maybe a chance at least!
A nice quiet young couple out for a drink in a quiet country pub. The guy has his back facing the crowd-his lady's sitting with her back to the wall. A few moments later 4 louts walk in, hover over the bar drinking beer-rowdy, obnoxious.
One could easily distinguish a few of the lads take a shine to this guys gal. Strangely they instil a hateful resentment towards the young guy accompanying her-and they didn't even know the fellow, or have made any eye contact.
After a little careful planning, what seemed like quiet talking; unprovoked, one bully walked right over to the young guy, from behind, and quietly WHAM!
The pub was in uproar the smack unearthly. A clean knock-out was the outcome-the poor seated chap never saw the spiteful blow coming!
Surprise surprise the bully knocked the lad right off his stool.
The Poor Fellow Was Not Aware. Unfortunately he learned the hard way. The pub exploded and he survived. From now on he is more AWARE and will keep his eye peeled. Unfortunately, and only through experience of such a violent SURPRISE ATTACK.
I know personally folk dear to me that are not the same after such unscrupulous incidences, and this breaks my heart.
A fellow I know personally-a doorman, bouncer. He is a big guy, rippling muscles, used to fighting even, not a trouble maker but a bit of an animal-someone who is use to spotting signs of trouble. This guy can look after himself.
Only problem is he let his guard down whilst out enjoying himself; nightclubbing, drinking a little too much beer, maybe; dancing with his lady having a darn good time, not bothering anyone until suddenly, from behind WHAM!
Surprise surprise, some smart ass with a personal grudge, or personal attitude towards the bouncer, bangs him one. He knocks the fellow clean out.
As I already mentioned, sometimes it is not even worth questioning why such unprovoked violence occurs. What is more important to know is IT DOES OCCUR, SO DO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE WORST, Before-Hand!
This one example happened to me a few years ago.
Out in the street, walking, minding my own business. The day was beautiful. I spotted a group of 4 younger guys from the corner of my eye. They were hanging around, fidgeting, messing about but across the road.
So far so good...
The birds were singing the sun was shining. Suddenly they made their move. Wisely, I was expecting something!
The four guys walked over, and confronted me.
I still had them all in my site. Birds chirped intense and the sun beat harder.
I remained calm & unflinching. Quietly, especially expectant.
One brazen fellow stood quite near (although not in my personal safety space.) I stood poised. He asked me random questions, quite forcefully may I add, a little too rude his attitude was becoming.
I remained calm, cold eye contact no facial expression throughout-I spoke back, slow, cold, no tone-I anticipated, respecting my personal safety space.
The other 3 guys decided to spread out, alongside him. Now, there was a vast row of unruly action about to explode in my face, it looked like. I knew their intentions were for real, and not very nice.
Incidentally, & VERY IMPORTANT-This is The Moment I KNEW I WAS IN A FIGHT.
I stared colder, more poised. The sun beat harder. The birds chirped louder.
All of a sudden there was movement, my gaze flinched only briefly. Birds perched on telegraph wires stopped flying, and stared right back.
By now all four guys were spread out in front of me chanting, jittery, laughing, joking, spitting physical and verbal crap.
I decided to have TOTAL DISRESPECT for any of them-as calm and considerate as I am!
I had every guy in my sites-wisely, each chap was in view. And now, because of their actions & body language-jittery; something was telling me something's not right.
Lo & Behold, I Spotted Their Attempted DECEPTION! The Little Bleeders.
Strange, the one guy kept talking to me, quite nicely now 'getting my attention-DIVERTING MY ATTENTION-CAUSING ME TO PLACE MY FAITH INTO HIM, AS A FELLOW HUMAN BEING-so that I may even TRUST HIM!
The Darn Fool Was Utilising DISTRACTION! Damn It!
Only problem was, one of the fellows, I noticed, was sliding around towards the side of me. Hey up, I knew what they were up to. (But all in all, not one of them was inside my personal safety space, so I could relax in this knowledge.)
The guy was sliding around dodging my roving eye. The pace was getting rougher and the rowdy three distracting; by then, I nearly lost view of the one. But I wasn't going to let that happen. Only nearly; he was worming his way around to the side, or back of me, at least.
And Yes Folks This Means Only ONE THING!
Drum roles please let the music play
I only had two choices at this time. And 2 choices is all anyone ever needs. I knew they wanted action, because they were starting it. And one must Instantly Come To Terms With This Reality.
And they weren't going away!
But hear this: Once You Are Aware, You Always Have Choices!
Choice 1: Allow the guy to sneak around to my side, out of site of my roving eye. Then let the darn thug sucker punch me-Yes, I Seen This Happen SO MANY TIMES BEFORE.
And in my situation it would be my fault because I didn't see it, or expect it even. And then to reassuringly lay back on a blistering concrete bed out in the street whilst they all pile in and kick the crap out of me.
Choice 2: Take into consideration, preferably before it gets to this stage: IT REALLY IS ABOUT TO KICK OFF so therefore; BE AWARE FIRST. Launch your own VICIOUS attack onto them-fight for your life, but with control. (As a few of my Karate Instructors, Bob Huelin & Bob Bridal would say-Fight: Like You Are A One Man Army)
The way I perceive confrontation escalating from an aggressor is; it's either him or me. And that's how I see it today. I always know who I’d choose to come out on top. And the most important thing to understand, & come to terms with, is:
You honestly have to instil a protection of fight for yourself, inside your mind; and accept the consequences should there be any, there afterwards.
I do understand the consequences of defending myself in such attacks. I will therefore fight all I can in a place of justice-because I will defend myself no matter what, should it come to that.
And to defend yourself you have to realise and come to terms with this, also.
Trouble can kick off at any time, any place & for whatever reason what so ever. Sometimes a situation of violence, especially unprovoked, or of which may not make sense to you, can occur for no reason. But best measures; personal self protection should be practised both mindfully & physically and ongoing. Learn the danger signs, how to deal with them, and get a head start.
Lesson In Summary:
1: Don’t allow a surprise attack happen to you
2: Spot the red signs of danger
3: Utilise your personal safety space
4: Do not be intimidated.
5: BE AWARE AT ALL TIMES!
Self Defence? This is NUMBER ONE
- The Number 1 factor to Protect Yourself from Violence
Safety Measures! Mental techniques & mind control! After reading this you will have more insight of taking care of yourself within a potential no weapons, violent fighting conflict!
Don't become a Victim!
- Don’t Become a Victim of Violence through Fear
Within a potential violent confrontation scenario there are usually three types of victim! Find out how to prepare yourself beforehand enabling you to deal with the situation in your own favour using mental/mind advantages!
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An Example of a Deceptive Move to Engage Violence
An Example of a Deceptive Move
Watching this short video as a learning tool, you can see both men standing inside each others personal safety space.
One fellow is quite irate & one fellow is trying to reason with him.
They part safety spaces for a moment.
The calm one steps back into their safety space, and fires off his deceptive move.
The irate guy turns his head to follow the distraction and is therefore smacked for his troubles.
What would you do in this circumstance? Please let me know in the comments box below.
Many regards. Stay safe