people, especially those here in the gun loving United
States take for granted that everyone can be armed with
a firearm. They forget about people in anti-gun states,
countries and not to mention non-permissive environments
like government buildings and transportation hubs like
Individuals who solely rely on firearms for protection
seem to also subconsciously think of their firearm as
their “secret move” that they will use against
any evildoers. Truth be known carrying firearms without
training is likely to find you drawing it too early,
too late, or not at all.
Your IPP or Individual Protection Program should first
start with who you are mentally and physically, where
you live, what you do for a living, whether you usually
travel alone or with someone else and how you travel.
That will give you a better idea of where to start the
first layer of your defense.
If you were thinking about starting with OC Spray but
every morning you have to take your asthmatic child
to and from day care before going to work in a government
building then OC is not a good choice for you. Regardless
of my dislike of OC.
I encourage people to first start off with open hand
skills. This with the understanding that many do not
have the time or inclination to start studying Martial
Arts. That is why in Modern Combatives we start off
with Combative Anatomy to learn how to best effect the
human body and then use simple, violent, easy to remember
techniques. You also have to base your open hand skill
sets on techniques that limit your exposeure to injury.
In Martial Arts you go back and forth with a training
partner. I want you to think of Combatives as wrapping
a plastic bag around the face of your attacker, thus
totally overwhelming him both mentally and physically.
Once you commit you don't stop until they are
incapable of fighting or following you. They decide
what level of force you need to accomplish that.
The next level is choosing your tools. The primary defensive
tools you carry everyday should be things that you can
always carry no matter where work, travel and live.
That rules out things like guns, knives, saps etc. Don't
get a sad face, they can be added depending on your
Your primary tools are going to be pens and flashlights.
The most basic tools and training you possess are your
hands to hit somebody with. So the first logical thing
is to add weight and concentration of force into your
hands to make those strikes more effective.
Your next level of tools will be your situational tools
like guns, knives, saps, and sticks. These are the tools
that you can carry at different times. Arm yourself
with a pistol whenever possible. Same goes with a fixed
blade knife. You must also choose a primary defensive
folder. That should be the first tool you slip in your
pocket when you can add to your primary defensive tools.
In my opinion the best weapon for an individual to use
especially against multiple people who are walking towards
them but have not yet displayed any threatening behavior
is some kind of a stick. I carry a Kali stick next to
my car seat for just this reason. If that is not legal
for you think about a nice long heavy-duty plastic ice
scraper or whatever you can come up with.
A stick is also useful against “dogs” while
running or walking. As soon as you notice someone is
coming for you use a verbal challenge. If I was getting
gas in a bad area and someone was making a b-line for
me I would not hesitate to say, “back the fuck
up”. A blast from a Surefire along with the warning
adds to its effectiveness. They may also believe that
like is attached to a pistol.
Whether or not you have a weapon in your hand or not
and they continue, understand that you are now being
attacked and need to defend yourself. In legal circles
that is called deliberate indifference.
If it is a group coming up to you then counter attack
the one closest to you or the one doing the talking
since he is the leader and without him the others are
more likely to disperse.
A stick gives you a less lethal force option while at
the same time keeps you from over committing to one
person allowing others to flank you. It is a lot harder
to cut or stab three people around you than it is to
strike them with a stick.