martial arts and combatives training is for defending
How often are you by yourself?
Most of this stuff is geared toward the warrior on the
battlefield or the cop on the street. When we go to
planned battle wives, children, the weak and the infirm
are left at home on purpose. Since most of us have family
and live semi normal lives we have loved ones in toe.
Not being a bodyguard by profession but knowing folks
who are and train others I understand that cops can
be some of the worst bodyguards. Why? Because we are
duty bound to respond to the sound of the guns, which
is absolutely the worst thing to do when you are entrusted
with the care of another.
For some reason you and your significant other leave
a restaurant and just as you walk out you forget your
keys. Your car is just outside so she continues to the
door while you go back in side. As you exit she is being
assaulted buy a bad man and all you can see is his back.
Have you trained to attack someone who is attacking
someone else? Have you trained in a system that I do
not know of that teaches you to attack people from the
rear? If you do a striking system or a weapons only
system how will that serve you. Are you trained to effectively
break his grasp on you loved one. Do you know how to
choke, do you have a flexible weapon close at hand.
After all you don't want to start stabbing him.
He has no weapon out yet. Maybe you will accidentally
stab her. Now both of his hands are occupied on her.
Maybe it is in his mindset that as you yank his left
hand off of her he accesses a blade and stabs you.
That is one simple scenario. Think about others where
al the courses you have attended by yourself or all
you toys may not help you.
As a Dad I care far more for my kids safety than that
of my own. My kids and wife know that they walk on my
reaction side at 45 degree angle so that I can draw
my pistol and shield them. They know to immediately
take commands without question and never come to my
body if I am injured.
I find myself scanning at even farther distances when
I have the family in toe. Again I am a bodyguard. That
means seeing things at a distance and having contingency
plans. It also means that most of the time to them there
protection should be transparent so as not to cause
Give them some simple rules and ideas. Bring up scenarios
but understand that in a real life event you will need
to grab them by the neck and give commands.
You are a protector. Think, act and train like it.