That’s the reality of self-defense, friends! This is why we talk about having attitude, skills, and plan in place to cover your ASP.

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News story here: police think it was a random attack rather than a hate crime. That doesn’t make the rabbi’s injuries any less! UPDATE: Police have a man in custody that they say is the perp:

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a random attack?

  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. The rabbi wasn’t thinking about his safety here and walked right into danger.
  2. Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged. People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up! The homeless man wanted by police is known to be mentally unstable and occasionally violent
  3. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers.
  4. Perhaps the best way to learn to protect yourself from a potential threat before the conflict turns violent is what Craig Douglas calls “Managing Unknown Contacts” (usually referred to by him and his students as MUC, pronounced “muck”). Read all about MUC in this PDF and recognize that taking a class and practicing that “left of bang” protocol which includes verbal skills, the “ask/tell/make” paradigm, reading pre-attack cues, and maintaining awareness and positional dominance is critical.
  5. If you have spiritual fitness by knowing what you’re willing to fight for and that you’re willing and ready to win the fight no matter what, you place yourself way ahead of most attackers. Attackers are looking for victims and not looking for fights, so many times when an intended victim puts up a significant fight they will disengage and find other prey. This makes sense even in the animal kingdom where we often see an apex predator disengage from feisty prey for fear of injury. Being ready to defend yourself is a key in self-defense because that defense will often cause the bad guy to run. This is part of why spiritual fitness is so important to self-defense.

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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