The Violent Offender’s Advantages

(and how to overcome them)

Garbage like this has certain advantages — advantages stemming from the fact that it is indeed garbage — but with the right mental conditioning, tactical readiness, and war-proven combat skills (with and without weapons) YOU CAN OVERCOME HIS ADVANTAGES AND DEFEAT HIM IF YOU EVER FIND THAT YOU MUST DO SO!

Garbage like this has certain advantages — advantages stemming from the fact that it is indeed garbage — but with the right mental conditioning, tactical readiness, and war-proven combat skills (with and without weapons) YOU CAN OVERCOME HIS ADVANTAGES AND DEFEAT HIM IF YOU EVER FIND THAT YOU MUST DO SO!

WHETHER the particular variant of scum who starts trouble with you is a bully, a mugger, a gangster, a holdup man, a car jacker, a rapist, a home invader, a kidnapper, a terrorist, or just some random sewer-rat troublemaker, it behooves us all who are concerned to prepare to eradicate this virulent bacteria when he threatens to infect us, to recognize that the violent bastard moves on us with certain undeniable advantages. These are:

1. He does not mind in the least seriously injuring — even killing — you. He requires no “reason” beyond the impulse or desire he may feel at the moment, however irrational or downright insane that impulse or desire may be. (Violent offenders are closer to wild animals than they are to truly human beings; and one of the reasons why civilized societies have continuing problems with violent predators is because they refuse to accept this fact.)

2. He, in his own mind, is the only one who knows his true intentions and objectives, and the degree to which he desires to harm you. (It is virtually impossible for anyone to tell with certainty either the capabilities or the intentions of any attacker. Miscalculate and you easily could end up dead.)

3. You are, even when you are well aware of his approach, to some degree startled by his attack. It is, after all, surprising, to be set upon without that which is understandable to you as a valid reason. (And if you are a decent human being you don’t give anyone, ever, a reason to physically attack you).

4. Even when, ideally, you are able to preempt his attack, he (the attacker) gets to initially decide that there will be violence, and thus he is inevitably the one who is fully “psyched” and ready-to-go, as it were. (One huge difference between any sort of  “contest” or sporting match and real combat. The victim of an attack is an unwilling participant in the encounter.)

5. Usually if not always the attacker is an experienced savage — a violent predator who has done this before — successfully — to others, and has garnered a confidence in himself  that has convinced him that he will succeed in doing whatever he wishes to do to you. (Confidence is an asset, and confidence inevitably grows out of successful past experience).

The foregoing five points are, we remain convinced, the tactical advantages that just about any physical assailant has when moving on an intended victim. Parenthetically we remind our students and visitors that they must always assume the following physical advantages — either when preparing in training, or when reacting to an emergency:

• The attacker is physically superior in every way to yourself

• The attacker possesses at least one weapon, even if he is not holding one in his hand at the outset of the attack

• The attacker is deadly serious — meaning, of course, that he is fully prepared to maim or to kill you

• The attacker is not alone — even if you are not immediately cognizant of a second or third assailant at the moment; you act on the assumption that he is not alone

You train incessantly with the above in mind. Your techniques must reflect an assumption of those factors, and you relent only if and when you terminate hostilities and realize that you and anyone dependent upon you for protection is now safe.

We can ready ourselves for the real world only by acknowledging what it offers us, and by recognizing that which it obliges us to contend with. This means becoming mentally conditioned insofar as self-defense is concerned. Only by this setting of the mind will it be certain that the techniques which you train hard on will be there reflexively and will be rendered without a moment ‘s hesitation or a tremor of delay.

While hard training in serious, proven techniques like those which comprise the American Combato curriculum is extremely important in training to overcome an attacker, mental conditioning — i.e. readying your mind — for that awful moment when you have no choice but to "bash or be bashed" — is at least as important. You can overcome the inevitable advantages that street scum and other assorted violent filth has if you will follow the guidelines we present i this article.

While hard training in serious, proven techniques like those which comprise the American Combato curriculum is extremely important in training to overcome an attacker, mental conditioning — i.e. readying your mind — for that awful moment when you have no choice but to "bash or be bashed" — is at least as important. You can overcome the inevitable advantages that street scum and other assorted violent filth has if you will follow the guidelines we present i this article.

So . . . overcome each of the advantages that any predatory garbage could have, who might harm you and yours, by cultivating a proper mindset that destroys each of the bastard’s five advantages:

1. Overcome his ruthless indifference toward injuring or killing you by becoming more ruthless, vicious, merciless, and ferocious than he might be, and determining to go after him like an insane, wild beast, yourself – who is intent upon ripping him limb from limb, the very second you are aware that you are in danger.

2. Overcome his unpredictability by assuming the worst. It is your attacker’s choice to injure or to kill you. You are an unwilling participant in this encounter. Your enemy has unilaterally decided to savage you, so REACT TO HIM LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS UPON WHAT YOU DO . . . it probably does. Then you’ll be ready for the unpredictable — i.e. for anything.

3. Overcome being startled into any excessive delay or hesitation by cultivating anticipation. This does not mean that you are always anticipating an attack; it means that you are ever mindful that, no matter where you are and no matter what you are doing, an attack is possible; and you are not going to be frozen in astonishment if it comes. YOU WILL BE READY!

4. Overcome your attacker’s preliminary advantage in being psyched up and “pumped” by convincing yourself — deep down — in your heart of hearts, that it REALLY CAN HAPPEN TO YOU, so that if and when it does happen to you, you SHIFT INSTANTLY into a war footing, and explode with the most savage and ruthlessly brutal actions you are capable of — relentlessly attacking your assailant until he is helpless.

5. Overcome the confidence and morale advantage that any violent lout might possess by being solidly confident in your own right! Train only on good, war-proven skills; cultivate your strength and fitness and attack mindedness, and know that you are not only ready, but that YOUR WOULD-BE ATTACKER CANNOT KNOW HOW READY YOU ARE; and when you explode like a murderous maniac and go after him, he will never be able to adjust to your reaction in time, and his confidence will be destroyed no less than his physical body!

Fighting spirit is important. And it has been said that “When you sincerely believe that you are right, you have the strength of ten!” The victim of any physical attack is always “in the right”, and a violent offender is always wrong. KNOW this. FEEL this. CULTIVATE this certainty. Never, ever allow yourself to relinquish it. React with righteous rage and fury.

If you will train hard and train on good, proven combat techniques, and in addition cultivate the philosophy and doctrine we espouse you will not necessarily eliminate the initial advantages that your assailant may possess; but you WILL be able to overcome them!

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