tactical survival thinking

tactical survival thinking

Even if you have no intention at all to know how to protect yourself, it may be wise to learn a few defensive moves to ward off an attacker if need be. Have you ever been in a situation that calls for you to defend yourself from a violent person? Thankfully most of us haven’t but does that mean that it could never happen?

Attacks are happening far more frequent with much more intensity than ever before. Whether you are young or old we could find ourselves on the receiving end of someones else’s violent behaviour

More and more now their seems to be violence filling the news columns. Innocent people minding their own business and then someone out of the blue attacks them for no reason at all. Young men and women are no longer safe out with friends at a party or gatherings. Older people are no longer safe inside their own homes as break ins are on the rise and parents live with the fear that their children could be abducted whilst walking home from school

We now live in a world that an attack can happen at any time and at any place. So what measures can we take to safe guard ourselves and our families, if we were to face a similar situation. I recently heard a friend say that these days you need to develop tactical thinking just to drive down to do the grocery shopping.

I think that all you need is to have a mindset that can flick into gear if need be to protect yourself. The key is knowing your surroundings and being alert to dangerous situations

There are a few simple things that we all can learn, that could stop an attacker from harming us despite their size or strength

Protecting Yourself from a group attack

Suppose one night you are walking home from a friends house late in the evening. You happen to walk pass a bus shelter on the opposite side off the road where their was a group of young men looking suspicious and carrying on loudly. You decide to put your head down, trying not to attract any attention from them.

Some distance later you hear footsteps coming up behind you. Turning your head to see who it is and notice its three of the guys from back at the bus shelter. They close the distance between you and them quite quickly and now they are right behind you. Turning to face them. The guy in the middle of the three starts pushing you around and accusing you of staring at them moments before. You have to act fast and so you decide to try to talk to them calmly whilst trying to keep a distance from them.

As you try to reason with them you notice that they are drunk and aggressive. They seem very committed to kicking your butt for no reason at all.

What do you do?

Talking your way out of this so far hasn’t worked so its time to think about plan b.

First need to know what our surroundings are before a situation like this occurs.

Whether we are standing in a bank line, sitting on a bus, walking with a friend to the mall. We need to be constantly alert to possible dangers. We need to stay alert to things that are happening around us all the time, because staying alert could save our lives. Always have in mind in any situation your in, how would I get myself out of here if I needed to?

Because of being alert you noticed from where the bus shelter was located to were you now stand, their were 4 possible safety locations.

  • There was a 24hr service station only 4 blocks back.
  • You know their’s a McDonalds only 3 blocks ahead.
  • You can see two men moving furniture into a house at the end of the street
  • There is a police station 5 minutes away if I run flat out

You run all these possible scenarios through your mind and decide to run the short distance ahead, where the men are moving the furniture and ask for help. All you need to do is put yourself in a position where you don’t get hit and make your escape

  • In a group attack you never want to be tackled or put to the ground. This is where you can get a kick to the head or groin.
  • You never want to stay static either, meaning if they are surrounding and advancing on you the focus in this situation is to try to manoeuvre around them so you can run.
  • Don’t stay still and always face them, moving backwards or side-wards talking to them trying to defuse the situation
  • Always try to put one of them in front of you as a pivot so the other two can’t attack from behind. Never have anyone behind you in a situation like this

Remember if you need to make the decision to hit first make it quick and hard. A hard punch to the sternum area, a kick to the groin will leave most attackers laying on the ground for a long time. This move may delay the chase from them once you make a run for it.

NOTE Unless you are a jujitsu Grand master, your best option in a group attack is always to get out of their as quick as possible and get yourself to a safe place. If you can talk your way out of a situation like this that is always best, but always be prepared to make a run for it

Protect yourself from a surprise attack

A lot of people these days get attacked now in broad daylight. People are now just too afraid to step in to defuse a situation fearing that if they do they may find themselves on the receiving end of a punch, kick or weapon. There have been plenty of good Samaritans in the past that have been killed trying to stop an act of violence on somebody innocent

Many attacks can happen by surprise and without warning. These days most attacks don’t always happen in lonely subway stations or secluded beach toilet blocks, but can happen on a busy footpath or even sitting in your car at a traffic light.

Some forms of defense items you can carry or wear on you can be

  • Sharp rings on fingers
  • Can of deodorant or pepper spray in your bag
  • Steel capped boots
  • Sharp pointed shoes
  • Stun gun
  • Small foldable stub knife that can be on a key ring or bracelet

Other things that will improve your chances of defending yourself from an attack is

  • Maintained good physical fitness
  • Learn some in close and long range fighting moves and regularly practice them


Hopefully you never have to confront an attacker but at least now you will know what you need to do in order to protect yourself and get to safety.

Please feel free to ask any questions below and I will get back to you ASAP.

Stay safe


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One Reply to “tactical survival thinking”

  1. Thanks so much for your informative post, as a girl I feel vulnerable walking the streets at night. I particularly like the point about the punch to the sternum, as I guess my first inclination is to hit the head


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