This is part 6 of a 7 part series.
There are many ideas out in “Self-Defense Land” as to what makes a “good” self-defense move. Here at Urban Warrior Protection we have a set of guidelines that we use when training “what-if” scenarios. It helps us to quickly focus into a response that is most likely to work.
Do not get too stuck on the word “rules”. They are really guidelines. We will break these down one at a time to discuss them in a little more detail. Here are all seven “rules”:
- Keep it simple
- Be decisive
- Rapidly engage / rapidly disengage
- Stay on your feet
- Defend and counterattack simultaneously
- Exploit weaknesses to take advantage
- Dominate the aggressor
Hit e’m where it hurts
Rule 6. Exploit weaknesses to take advantage
Everybody has a weakness – something that you can use to take gain an upper hand. When involved in a physical encounter you want to find that weakness and exploit it. Open it up and take full advantage of it.
When you are in a physical encounter and find a person’s weakness it’s like getting a little gift. Don’t feel bad about it either. Take it and use it – unashamed.
What is a weakness?
It is any element, no matter how small, that creates an opportunity for advantage. Range. Lack of range. Footing. Drunkenness. Over confidence. Elevation. Lack of intelligence. Long hair. Loose clothing. Saggy pants. A hoodie. A backpack. Pride. Trust in their weapon. Their underestimation of you…
We are not going to go over each one here.
Isn’t it fighting dirty?
Um… Heck yes! And yet, not really. Look, we are not talking about a prearranged MMA match or a boxing match. We are not even talking about a school yard confrontation where two parties agree to meet after school. We are talking about an asymmetrical targeting where a predator purposefully targeted you because the predator thought you would make a great victim.
Which, if you have a hard time thinking it is okay to grab some punk by the hoodie and yank them to the ground and then kick them in the face because they just pulled a knife on your kid, they might be correct. But that’s not you – you know better than that. I hope.
It is okay for you to get home. To your loved ones. In one piece.
A word of caution
You should not get too caught up trying to find an aggressor’s weakness that you do not take action. Taking action is the most important thing you can do. You may find that you take action first and then discover that this aggressor has a weakness. You may discover that the aggressor seems all tough until you raise your voice and take command.
Protect yourself from the aggressor and when at all possible exploit weaknesses to take advantage.