Below are three recent real life stories that show the difference fighting back can make!
Just this week a 12 Year old Girl escaped and attempted abduction by Punching her assailant in the face. She was walking home from school when he attempted to grab her, by fighting back she was able to make her escape from her attacker and now he's the one on the run !
Three weeks ago a 10 year old boy saved his 11 year old sister from an attempted abduction in Laois.
After she was dragged into a car, he lunged through the driver's window attacking the kidnapper distracting him enabling his 11 year old sister escape.
In December last year we got the email below from a past student of our course who escaped an attempted sexual assault by two men on her way home from a night out in Dublin
" I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you. I undertook your beginners weekend course in Krav Maga about 3 years ago and, last December, it helped save me from a brutal sexual attack. "Thank you" seems such a feeble way to express my deep gratitude and appreciation, without the ability to fend off my attackers and remain in control and calm(ish) I would have been utterly abused.
I have never been so scared in my life. It was really, truly awful. BUT there was one bit of my brain that stayed calm, assessed the situation and managed to put the moves together. I couldn't believe it - even at the time. I didn't quite realise what i had done until i was well away from them and beginning to actually think again. I was shaken, bruised and very frightened but i was free and saved from a much, much worse ordeal. Please feel free to relay this to any class members you have. I didn't need to use what you taught for 3 years and, when i needed it most, it worked and it saved me.
I promote your classes to all who will listen and doubly to those who won't! L "
They Don't Want a Fight, They Want a Victim
These stories drive home the real difference you can make to by fighting back if attacked, the idea to really understand is these guys don't want a fight they want a victim and when you show them you won't be their victim very often they will simply abandon their attack.
A key concept here is the OODA Loop, a mental tool used by the the US and other military . It stands for Observe, Orientate, Decide and Act.
The fact that someone comes under attack is because that attacker observed and orientated to them as a potential victim, the decision is made and the attack launched.
But when the potential victim changes the game and becomes the attacker, fighting with all they have 'Attacking to escape' the would-be assailant how has a something very different to deal with and "reprocess" through their OODA loop.
They must now deal with the fact they are being harmed and the victim they initially observed no longer exists ... Because they are now a fighter, doing what they have to do to escape
As well as the fear of being harmed, they must also deal with the fact that the attack timeline has been disrupted, giving more chance for others to get involved are at least the situation being observed, increasing the chances of pursuit and capture....
.... a new very different situation now exists and often the "Action" part of the OODA loop for the assailant this time is to flee.
Fighting back is not just about striking it is about destroying the underlining reason the attacker picked you, they picked you because they thought they could take you and in these three cases that was a very big mistake.
Fighting back is more than striking its about changing the situation.
Often is not the strike that saves you it's the fact that you decide you wont be taken