Arguably the most important aspect of our self protection plan is our ability to think. What we think about before, during, and after an incident is essential to our survival.  When it comes to personal protection, there is no such thing as over thinking. On the contrary our self protection deserves as much critical thinking as we can muster.

The Thinker in the Gates of Hell by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France – Le penseur de la Porte de l’Enfer (musée Rodin).

In considering our approach to self protection we should think about placing things in two categories; 1) Probabilities. 2) Possibilities. In creating these categories some of the things I consider are my profession, my lifestyle which includes where I live, travel, and social circles I move in as well as any hobbies or habits I regularly engage in. I also think about these things as they pertain to my family and friends. These are some of the elements of my perceived risk profile, and I encourage you to establish your own personalized risk profile. A good starting point would be the questions put forth by Tom Givens; Where am I? What am I doing? Who’s with me? Once you’ve categorized probable and possible threats you’ll know how to prioritize your training.  When we have our training priorities in place, we can plan our work and work our plan.

Once we work our way through the proactive part of the problem, we can then start to address reactive part; understanding how our opponents think so we can be a step or three ahead of them. Let’s start with a few thoughts from William Aprill of Aprill Risk Consulting discussing the five W’s.

Watch William Aprill’s discussion regarding the five W’s a few times and give it some thought. In the next post we’ll discuss some things we can do to put ourselves a few steps ahead, and hopefully set ourselves up to completely avoid a violent confrontation.

Stay dangerous my friends.



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