Myth of Proportional Armament – Craig Douglas – Part 2



The “Take Aways” Post


I find it helpful to further digest good material into notes; some call it “take-aways”.  In doing so, you get in the practice of distilling waypoints to train by.  You also end up simplifying the material into a quick reference tool.  Not every nugget of wisdom gets put into the “take away”, hence the need to actually read and comprehend the material you intend to use.

Actually training with said instructor wouldn’t hurt either.


Management of Unknown Contacts “Take-Aways”

What’s the overall goal of the management of unknown contacts?  I took this statement out of the previous article written by Craig Douglas  “The objective of this process is to give one the option of, and criteria for preemption.”  With that as a goal in mind, the 4 steps below seem to make sense –

Stop an attack before it ever “sets” . . .

  1. Awareness – it is critical to recognizing a problem early, avoid task fixation in public.

When a subject approaches . . .

  1. Maintaining Range – once we see a potential problem through verbalization, body language and movement.
  • First Stop – Verbalization,  Movement (Circle, Scan & Obstacle), Low fence.
  • Second Stop – Verbal Escalation, Movement & Fence.
  • Third Stop – Verbal Escalation, Movement & Fence.

While maintaining Range . . .

  1. Assessment – is done while maintaining range, looking for signs of attack. Typical subject indicators of an attack –
  • Grooming
  • Glancing to the subject’s own 3, 6 or 9 o’clock.
  • Discernable weight shift – one side to the other, “planting himself”.
  • Furtive hand movements to the waist.

When an attack is imminent . . .

  1. Preemption of the attack – One needs to develop a preemptive procedure for handling imminent threats.
  • Unarmed preemptive procedures: (for the reader to work out in his or her own training regimen).  The  “low fence” is actually a preemptive act, because the positioning of the hands allow for a quick strike to the eyes of a charging subject.
  • Armed preemptive procedures: (for the reader to work out in his or her own training regimen).  If armed, clearing concealment and moving to position “C1” as it has been referred to, would again be a preemptive act.

Again, this is solid material from an instructor with real world experience.  The trick is, getting the words on paper into action.  That’s on you and I.

Thanks for stopping by.

– Irish




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