1 Punch Knockout: This Move Stops You From Being BEATEN In The Street

1 Punch Knockout Counter For Preventing A Street Beating

A 21-year-old man in Wisconsin – we’ll call him Tim – was minding his own business the other day, just walking down the street.

That’s when two thugs roared up in their SUV and jumped out, staring straight at him.

What did they want?

Well, Tim had a backpack – and these two scumbags wanted it.

The beating that came next was pretty horrible.

But it could have been prevented, if only Tim had known…

This 1 Fight Move Can Prevent You From Being BEATEN In The Street!

1 Punch Knockout Counter For Preventing A Street Beating
1 Punch Knockout Counter For Preventing A Street Beating

It happened just recently in Madison, Wisconsin.

“Tim” was just walking down the street with his backpack on when the driver of the SUV burned rubber, pulled up beside Tim, and slammed on the brakes!

That’s when Tim knew something was very, very wrong.

The two scumbags who climbed out of the truck IMMEDIATELY attacked him!

They beat Tim into the pavement, savagely punching and kicking him.

Then they tore his backpack from his back, jumped into their SUV, and tore out of there – running red lights and swerving wildly across both lanes as they did it.

Surveillance footage eventually led cops to Jaquan A. Wright and Teshae K. Hanna, pictured here in their mugshots:

Jaquan Wright And Teshae Hanna
Jaquan Wright And Teshae Hanna

As of this writing, they were in the Dane County Jail on battery and armed robbery charges.

And Tim?

Well, he crawled off to nurse his injuries, afraid to come forward to the cops.

(They eventually found him using the same surveillance footage, but he’s okay.)

The thing is, even though 2-on-1 odds are pretty rough, the two thugs DIDN’T shoot or stab Tim.

They simply beat him.

And if Tim had known to use one almost never-fail move from military combatives, he might have been able to surprise them, take the initiative, and get away before he got beaten and robbed.

If you were in the same situation – facing these same two thugs – would YOU know what to do?

Well, it’s actually really easy, and goes all the way back to World War II.

W.E. Fairbairn, one of the LEGENDS of World War II combatives,  called it the “chin jab” – but it really isn’t a jab at all.

It’s really a “palm heel strike” that goes up under the chin (and if you want, you can rake your fingers back down the guy’s face – but that’s not how I use it. More on that below…).

The move works because it comes up from UNDER the eye line, so your attacker won’t see it coming like they would a regular “punch”.

But then it jolts the skull back, putting the bad guy off balance and letting you follow up as needed.

(Where the head goes, the body goes, you know?)

It even has the power to (scientifically) knock a guy out with just this one single blow.

And while this one move works pretty well “one-handed” for a strong guy, like the soldiers he designed it for, Fairbairn knew that it would be a lot harder for a smaller and physically weaker than her attacker – to use.

For smaller people, Fairbairn taught a modified chin jab that is done with BOTH hands.

It’s a beautiful move – especially because it was the favorite of one of the world’s foremost authorities on vicious, efficient, life-or-death combat.

That’s why I use it, too – because if it’s good for a smaller person, it’s even better for me!

In a fight, I’m looking to win (FAST!) against ANY attacker – no matter how much bigger and stronger he is.

So for me, I don’t limit myself to using just one hand to (hopefully) make contact and get my attacker back on his heels… when I can use TWO hands to absolutely take his head off!

That’s why Fairbairn taught it for smaller people to take on larger people – and even included versions for women to use pressure points under the chin to get some dirty old bastard to keep his groping hands to himself! hahahaha!

It’s also why, to this day, this one move has NEVER failed me whenever I’ve used it in a fight – even against guys who towered over me!

In fact, in my “Defeat Larger Attackers” DVD, I even show how to use this technique when you’re getting absolutely destroyed by your attacker (actually even multiple attackers) and turn the odds back in your favor.

(If you don’t have a copy of my “Defeat Larger Attackers” DVD, I consider it an absolute must-have… so much so that I send it out for free to anyone who’s serious about protecting themselves “unarmed” against a bigger, stronger attacker. You just have to tell me where to send the free DVD and my team will get it out to you right away.)

Look… just because some guy is bigger and stronger than you doesn’t mean you can’t beat him!

Fairbairn knew that well… and developed some of the most brutal techniques in the world for life-or-death combat.

All it takes are a few of these moves in your hand-to-hand arsenal and you’ll be amazed at how much confidence it gives you, knowing that you can physically “own” any man stupid enough to get in your face – and take out multiple opponents quickly and brutally!

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Meditation For Warriors: Programming Your Brain For Self-Protection!

Warrior Meditation For Self-Defense
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Anyone engaged in a high-risk job or activity, anyone who does competitive sports, and anyone who simply needs to be focused for heavy physical or mental activity throughout the day, can benefit from what we’ve referred to on this blog before as warrior meditation.

This is a means of calming your emotions and clearing your mind so that you are better focused and more alert.

This foundational meditation readies you for each day, setting you up for the most success you can create, regardless of the particular battlefield, literal or metaphorical, where this day will take place.

But meditation can also be used to program your brain for success, improving your daily training outcomes… as well as your outcomes in life in general.

Not long ago I spoke again to famed martial arts expert Loren Christensen about “using the force” this way.

Here is what he had to tell me about using meditation to program your warrior’s brain for success.

The Benefits Of Meditation For Warriors On Self-Protection!

Warrior Meditation For Self-Defense
Warrior Meditation For Self-Defense
Loren Christensen

Remember that the primary function of meditation is to help you achieve both a calm, peaceful mind as well as a profoundly relaxed body.

Once you achieve this, you will find that it feels wonderful.

It’s just an amazing sensation.

That’s an important standalone benefit and purpose of warrior meditation.

The positive physical sensation it produces helps encourage you while making you better able to handle your day and its challenges.

Your daily meditation can range from a minute to five minutes to thirty minutes, which means it doesn’t even have to take up much of your time.

Warrior Meditation Benefits

One of the side benefits of warrior meditation is this:

When your mind is deeply calm, you are highly susceptible to positive commands you give yourself, such as how to go about your day safely and with alert focus.

Too often we think negatively about our skills, allowing our fears and our doubts to destroy our focus and confidence.

These negative thoughts can therefore harm us when we must rely most strongly on our training, our instincts, and our reflexes, such as during battle or other dangerous situations.

Practicing Warrior Meditation

You can conduct a simple warrior meditation session almost anywhere and any time.

You first make yourself relaxed so you are susceptible to positive commands.

Calm your mind.

Use four-count tactical breathing if you want, or any other breathing and relaxation method you might know.

Then give yourself commends that fit your needs, whether those needs are safety on the street, focus and resolve on the battlefield, the will to push yourself during a competition, or whatever else.

To survive, to succeed, you must be positively focused.

Some positive commands include…

  • I am aware of my surroundings, all 360 degrees.
  • I will always give new surroundings a quick tactical examination.
  • I’ll be aware of potential trouble spots.
  • I’ll be aware of everyone around me.
  • I will be cognizant of anyone who makes me feel uncomfortable.
  • I am confident in my verbal skills and my physical skills.
  • I am skilled with weapons.
  • I am skilled in empty hand techniques.
  • I am calm in chaotic situation.
  • I will fight all out when necessary, and I will keep fighting as though I’m in them.

By using these methods and these positive commands, you can immediately create better and more positive focus and awareness.

This, in turn, will help you to stay on task and goal-oriented no matter what adversity you face.

This means that warrior meditation can benefit you now and in the future, no matter when and where you need it.

Warrior Meditation Is For Everyone!

Remember: Meditation can help anyone in a high-risk job or activity, anyone in competition, and anyone who needs to focus on heavy physical or mental activity.

The primary function of meditation is to help you achieve a calm, peaceful mind and a profoundly relaxed body.

Meditating also leaves you highly susceptible to giving yourself commands.

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Multiple Attacker Gange Assaults: How NOT To Get Stomped To Death!

Multiple Attacker Gang Assault Defense: How NOT To Get Stomped To Death
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

It’s the worst-case scenario in a street fight: Ending up on the ground.

When you’re on the ground, you’re in very big danger of getting stomped to death.

That’s especially true if your attacker has buddies.

Once you’re down they’ll be more than happy to jump in.

And that means they’ll put the boots to you while you can do NOTHING.

So how do you protect yourself where groundfighting is concerned?

I talked to expert Nick Farooqui about groundfighting survival tips, and here is a summary of what he had to say.

How NOT To Get Stomped To Death!

Multiple Attacker Gang Assault Defense: How NOT To Get Stomped To Death
Multiple Attacker Gang Assault Defense: How NOT To Get Stomped To Death
Nick Farooqui

The fact is, there is no secret to staying off the ground.

No matter how hard you try, eventually, you’ll make a mistake and end up there.

You also might be taken by surprise and tackled to the ground before you have time to think about what to do.

There are infinite variables.

Environmental awareness is critical.

Eventually, though, you could end up on the ground when your attacker isn’t.

That’s when things could get deadly… because when you’re on the ground and he is standing, he could stomp you to death.

Here are three tips you need to remember when fighting on the ground:

1. You Can’t Move And Stand At The Same Time

The objective of street grappling and groundfighting is to GET BACK ON YOUR FEET AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

Only when you are on your feet do you have the maneuverability to get out of trouble.

When you’re on the ground, you are a target.

But… you can’t move and stand at the same time.

The two are mutually exclusive.

If you try to move and stand, you’ll end up getting knocked down and overwhelmed.

THAT will lead to getting stomped to death.

Focus on getting to your feet, THEN moving out of danger.

2. Always Read The Situation

This raises the critical question, though:

How do you know when your opening happens so you can get back on your feet?

It hinges on awareness.

Awareness can make a huge difference.

Read the situation to find your openings.

You’ve got to wait for an opportunity so you don’t just get kicked unconscious when you try to get up.

When you try to get back to your feet, it has to be when you have the opening to do so — not when you’re just giving him a chance to kick your lights out.

3. Do NOT Get Knocked Out

If you get knocked out, that’s it.

You’re going to get stomped into the dirt.

When you’re unconscious, you are completely helpless…

…and we’ve seen too many cop-car dashcam videos of what happens to cops, training professionals, who make the mistake of getting knocked out.

To stay awake, you’ve got to protect your head, throat, and lungs.

These are all vulnerable points that, when struck, could lead to getting knocked out.

You’ve got to stay awake to stay alive!

Keep these tips in mind if you ever find yourself on the ground.

They could be the difference between surviving and getting stomped to death.

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Real Street Fights: 3 Tips For PREVENTING A Fight!

Real Street Fights: Preventing A Street Attack

Jeff Anderson

I’m not a lawyer.

I do know, though, that one of the ways to survive a self-defense altercation during the legal aftermath is being able to show that you tried to prevent it.

This means de-escalating the process of the “street interview.”

It means disrupting that process where a thug sizes you up and things escalate until they get physical.

Staying out of jail is part of the survival equation.

To do that, you’ve got to know how to prevent a fight if you can.

I spoke with my friend Matt Numrich about this, and here is a summary of what he told me.

3 Tips For PREVENTING A Fight!

Real Street Fights: Preventing A Street Attack
Real Street Fights: Preventing A Street Attack
Matt Numrich

Most of us know about verbal de-escalation.

Backing somebody down verbally, refusing to throw a punch, and assuming a passive stance all help not to escalation a situation into something physical.

We’re not replying with something harsh.

We’re being almost apologetic, and we’re going as far as we can to stay on the legal side of defending ourselves.

There are some things you need to remember when it comes to preventing a fight, however, beyond verbal de-escalation.

1. Can You Just Leave?

Whether you go ahead and get physical or not, I always judge by this thing:

Could I leave safely from the situation without it getting physical?

For instance, if I’m going ahead and I’m walking down the street and I have two guys, one get in front of me, one get behind me, and they ask for my wallet, could I leave that situation safely?

Could I just literally, whether it be walk away or run away from the situation safely?

Probably not.

If the people want to go ahead and mug me they’re going to go ahead and mug me, or they wouldn’t have asked for my wallet in the first place.

On the other hand, once again, use the old parking lot kind of situation.

If I’m walking by somewhere, and let’s say someone thinks that I put a ding in their car or something like that, could I leave that situation without it getting physical?

  • Could I escape the situation without getting physical?
  • Could I leave the situation safely just by walking, either that or running away?

In my mind, that’s going to give you that answer to whether that preemptive strike is that the right thing to do.

2. Is Your Ego Pushing You Into A Fight?

I’m not going to lie to you.

Every single situation is a little bit different.

I think so many times our ego gets in the way.

Because our ego gets bruised, that’s what we want to defend.

There’s a big difference between defending your ego, as opposed to offending your physical life, or physical harm being done to you, or someone you love.

Learning to conquer your own pride, to back down even when you think someone is trying to goad you, can be the biggest battle some people face.

But refusing to let people push you into a fight you don’t have to have is a big part of preventing a lot of altercations.

3. Spot Pre-Fight Indicators

Even if we decide to walk away from a situation, if someone comes up in an aggressive standpoint I’m never, ever going to turn my back on that person until I feel that I’m at a safe distance.

When you become aware of a potential threat, you should be looking for pre-fight indicators the entire time.

Those indicators will warn you that, despite what you’ve done to de-escalate, that the fight is on.

Obviously, we don’t have time to go through all of them.

The number one indicator, though, is that if you are backing away and the person is closing the gap, that is a huge indicator they mean to attack you.

If you’ve gone ahead and you’ve taken your two, three, four steps back and all of a sudden the person starts inching their way on in, that’s a huge red flag.

Could they be coming on in to try to intimidate you and they have no means whatsoever, no desire whatsoever, to physically attack you?

It could happen.

The fact is, though, that if someone is decreasing the distance more and more, chances are good they mean to attack.

Another thing to watch for is rate of talk.

If you’re trying to de-escalate verbally and they keep ramping up, talking louder and more quickly, that’s a red flag.

Finally, watch their facial expressions and their skin tone.

The redder they get, the darker they get, the more you should be concerned that your de-escalation is not working.

Keep all these factors in mind.

If you can’t prevent a fight, if you can tell the fight is on top of you, you have to be prepared to fight back.

That’s why we train… and it’s why we train to prevent fights whenever we can in the first place.

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Lethal Force: Could You Use These 3 Methods Of Potentially Deadly Defense?

Jeff Anderson

We do a lot of training courses here at Modern Combat and Survival.

In our various training materials, we’ve covered many very important aspects of self-defense and preparedness.

We’ve talked about everything from unarmed combatives, knives, and guns to dealing with multiple attackers.

We have prepared you for a variety of dangerous scenarios you may face.

But we have only touched on something that is an integral part of self-defense, or can be, and that many people have trouble facing:

It may be necessary for you to kill.

Very few people actually sit down to consider the various ways it’s possible to kill a human being.

When you understand them, however, not only will you be better prepared to defend yourself from a violent attack, but you’ll also be better prepared to deploy potentially lethal force in defense of your own life or the lives of your loved ones.

Could You KILL If You Had To? (3 Methods)

Lethal Defense Killing Techniques
Lethal Defense Killing Techniques

In self-defense, the goal is never to kill for its own sake.

No one who legitimately defends him- or herself says, “Now I will murder my attacker.”

But when a violent assailant confronts you with potentially lethal force, you must choose between being maimed, crippled for life, or killed… and striking out at your attacker with superior force.

Your attacker may die, and if he is exceptionally violent, it may be necessary for you to strike to kill against those vulnerable points that you know could end his life swiftly.

But you may have no choice.

No matter what form an attack takes, it invariably targets one or more of these systems (although you won’t necessarily be aware of this).

You don’t exactly have to be a physician, or really even understand anatomy all that well, to take advantage of these biological facts.

Just keep them in mind in general terms.

The three methods involve the different parts of the human body…

1. Attack The Nervous System

The website Medicine.net defines shock as “a critical condition brought on by a sudden drop in blood flow through the body… [which] sharply curtails the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to vital organs [and] also compromises the kidney and so curtails the removal of wastes from the body.

Shock is a major medical emergency. It is common after serious injury. Emergency care for shock involves keeping the patient warm and giving fluids by mouth or, preferably, intravenously.

To horribly oversimplify, then, shock is really — for our purposes, anyway — just your body’s reaction to grievous injury.

  • Being shot multiple times can cause shock.
  • Being stabbed can cause shock.
  • Being too cold can cause shock.

Experiencing any number of ordinary, natural medical emergencies can cause shock.

Even stress can cause shock, if the stress is powerful enough.

If you damage a person badly enough, especially if you do it suddenly and viciously, you will cause traumatic shock that will end that person’s life.

2. Attack The Respiratory System

Respiration refers to breathing.

A lack of air to breathe — either because there is no air, or because the body itself is being stopped from taking it in and exhaling it — will eventually cause a person to die.

Whether that death is caused by being held under water, by crushing the throat, or by forcing something down an attacker’s windpipe doesn’t matter.

You may have heard that there is a difference between a choke and a strangle, one being a method for cutting off blood flow to the brain (causing eventual unconsciousness and death if the choke is not removed) and the other being a means of cutting off air to the lungs.

There is some overlap here.

What’s important to remember, for purposes of this post, is that when you stop a man from breathing, you stop a man from living.

Getting choked out in a street fight, therefore, is something that could KILL you if the attacker doesn’t let go.

It also means you could take a life if you choke someone out and then don’t release them.

3. Attack The Vascular System

The vascular system refers to the various means of circulating blood and other fluids through your body.

For our purposes, attacking the vascular system means causing the body to lose blood, ideally at a very rapid rate.

The faster a human being loses blood, the faster that human being will be unable to fight you.

As described in our definition of the nervous system, blood loss also causes shock.

What this all adds up to is that putting a hole in a human being will cause that human to leak blood.

The longer he leaks blood, the greater the volume of that blood, the less effective he will be in fighting you.

If you are able to poke a hole or cut open the pipelines that carry blood in the body, meaning the veins and arteries, the effect is that much stronger and faster.

Veins carry blood back to the heart, while arteries carry blood pumped from the heart.

This makes arteries the most effective targets when trying to create blood loss.

A person with a cut artery can bleed out in a remarkably short period of time.

Death often results.

Cutting open an artery, in fact, can cause a spray of pulsing blood that looks like something out of a samurai movie.

If this happens to you, you’re in big trouble.

If you cause it to happen in a desperate situation, it might the only way you can survive an potentially deadly attack.

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Real Street Fights: Throwing Your “Combat Switch” For Self-Defense Against Multiple Attackers!

Self Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Mob Violence /Flash Mob Defense

Jeff Anderson

Facing multiple attackers is the most dangerous thing you can do.

That’s because if they get you down on the ground, they could easily stomp you to death.

Facing one guy isn’t necessarily a life-and-death situation, although it could be.

Facing a bunch of people at once almost certainly is.

To succeed, you’ve got to be able to throw your “combat switch.”

You probably have a vague idea that this is the combat mindset you need to be truly ruthless in a life-or-death fight.

But how exactly do you go about developing that, and what does it really mean to you?

I spoke with my friend Ron Grobman about this, and here is a run-down of what he had to say to me.

Throwing Your “Combat Switch” For Multiple Attackers!

Self Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Mob Violence /Flash Mob Defense
Self Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Mob Violence /Flash Mob Defense
Ron Grobman
Ron Grobman

Your combat switch is that change in your mindset that is going to help you unleash your full power and your full potential.

Throwing that combat switch is what will help you destroy the person in front of you.

So, this begs the question:

  • How do you establish that switch?
  • How do you develop it?
  • How do you identify what it is and then incorporate it in your training?

Here are three tips for developing your combat switch, including two drills.

1. The Hallway Drill

The first of the two drills is called the hallway drill.

Think of it as running a gauntlet.

You have to have a number of training partners to do this drill.

  • The training partners form two rows of people, creating a hallway.
  • The person doing the drill has to make their way through the gauntlet.
  • The whole time, the people on either side are striking at them, hitting them, grabbing them.

The person going through the hallway can fight back, and their goal is to make their way through the gauntlet.

You can scale the intensity of this drill based on how much force the participants are willing to use.

(Obviously, it would be easy to get hurt doing this, so take that into consideration when determining how much force to use.)

2. The Ring Of Fire

The second drill is related to the first, but with some variations.

It’s called the ring of fire.

You get enough people together so that they can surround the student with their arms interlaced.

(This isn’t a fighting drill, because the people in the ring have their arms locked together and can’t fight back.)

The student’s job is to use sheer brute force to break through the ring.

Meanwhile, the people forming the ring do their best to stop that person.

The drill trains you to use brute strength against a seemingly impossible blockade.

You have to bust out despite them stopping you.

3. Learn That Nothing Is Impossible

The two drills just described put you in a mindset that helps you develop your combat trigger.

They do this because they teach you to do extraordinarily difficult things.

Getting beaten by 20 people while you are fighting back is amazingly difficult.

Busting out of a circle of people determined to stop you is likewise difficult.

Once you’ve proven to yourself you can do these things, you train your brain to “throw that switch” and do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals.

You learn that you are capable of these great feats, and you learn the attitude that you have to have in order to do so.

When you have to fight, you fight, even if the task seems impossible.

It hinges on fear and anger.

When fear turns to anger turns to determination in the face of impossible odds, you learn to completely unleash yourself.

That is your combat switch.

Learning to throw it, and developing it through this type of training, could save your life.

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Real Ground Fighting Street Fight Tactics: How To Pound A Grounded Attacker!

Jeff Anderson

You’ve heard the statistics before, and most of them are made up on the spot.

“X percent of fights go to the ground!”

It’s hard to attach a real number to that, but in a real street fight, it is very likely you could end up on the ground.

On your back on the pavement is the last place you want to be.

You can’t fight back while you’re on the ground…

…and you could easily get stomped to death.

But, you might be saying, maybe I’m the one on top.

Maybe it’s him who’s on his back on the pavement.

Well, even if you have the opponent on his back and you are on top, your options are still limited.

I spoke with combatives expert Damian Ross about this, and here is a run-down of what he told me.

How To Pound A Grounded Attacker!

Street Fight Ground Fighting Tactics: Ground & Pound
Damian Ross

Fighting on the ground limits your ability to use your body’s weapons.

Even in a superior position, doing effective damage to the opponent can be hard.

There are certain strikes or attacks that work best on the ground when you’re on top of your attacker.

Using these could give you the advantage you need when you are essentially performing “the old ground and pound” on the enemy.

Until you find yourself in this position, you won’t be prepared for how what you might normally do won’t work well.

1. Open Hand Strikes

First of all, when you’re on top of a grounded attacker, use open-hand blows.

These are the heel of the hand and the edge of the hands.

The reason these work is that they take advantage of the body’s natural weapons.

Your knuckles are relatively fragile, and if you strike something hard with them — like a skull — you run the risk of hurting yourself badly.

Unlike a closed fist, when you strike with the edge of the hand or the heel of the palm, you can hit a relatively hard object without hurting yourself.

There’s another reason that you need to use the heel of the hand or the edge of the hand, though, that has nothing to do with the skull and how hard it is.

That is that you might miss.

2. Arcing Strikes

If you miss the attacker’s head, you could strike the ground.

That means hitting pavement in a lot of cases, or at the very least a hard floor.

There is nothing worse than smashing your knuckles onto pavement.

You can’t operate a gun or effectively manipulate a knife after you’ve done that.

Use an arcing type of motion, not a linear strike.

(Avoid straight punches, in other words.)

That way, if you do miss the attacker’s face, you won’t be slamming your hand directly into whatever is on either side of it.

If he moves his head six inches to either side, it’s all over for your hand.

3. One Knee Up, One Knee Down

While you’re on top of your attacker, keep one knee up and one knee down.

This helps you maintain your balance.

When he covers up — and he’s going to, with you beating on him — hack his arm with the edge of your hand.

Move his arm out of the way and continue to target his neck and head.

Pin the arm if you can.

Once you get his arms out of the way, he’s done like dinner.

Remember, this isn’t a give and take like in sparring.

You have to tap into your natural bloodlust and go as hard as you can.

Even if you’re in great shape, a confrontation like this will leave you exhausted.

You’ve got to recover from the adrenaline dump and do what you have to do.

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Women’s Self-Defense “Folk Hero” Fights Off Rapist, Becomes A Meme

Fight Off A Larger Attacker / Defeat An Ambush

“Not today, motherf—er!”

Those are the words that Kelly Herron screamed as her “battle cry” when she was attacked without warning.

(I first told you about Kelly on our email list a few months back – and I’ve got an awesome follow-up for you today. First, though, let’s talk about how she fought off a much larger attacker and became an inspiration to other women who could be attacked.)

The homeless sex offender who dragged her to the floor of the bathroom beat her bloody as he tried to rape her.

But Kelly Herron wasn’t finished — not by a long shot!

And while her attack was horrific, it is also the story of…

How A Woman Fought Off A Bathroom Ambush – And Became A ‘Folk Hero’

Fight Off A Larger Attacker / Defeat An Ambush
Fight Off A Larger Attacker / Defeat An Ambush / Women’s Self-Defense

Kelly Herron was standing in a public bathroom off a Seattle running trail when she realized she was in danger.

“As I was drying my hands, I became aware that something was wrong,” she told the news.

That’s when Gary Steiner, a 40-year-old registered sex offender, attacked this 36-year-old marathon runner.

Gary Steiner

Steiner had been hiding in a bathroom stall in the ladies’ room, just waiting for a victim!

He immediately took her to the floor of the bathroom, wailing away on her with his fists.

Kelly fought like a woman possessed.

At one point, she crawled into a bathroom stall, on her back, and tried to kick the door shut with her foot.

Steiner climbed under the stall door from the next one and began beating her in the face.

Kelly started to feel like she was going to black out.

That was bad, because as soon as she was subdued, Steiner intended to rape her.

That’s when Kelly had what she later described as a “moment of clarity.”

She thought to herself,

Kelly Herron“This doesn’t have to be a FAIR fight!”

So she started to claw his face.

Fighting her way clear like a demon, Kelly punched him again and again, telling herself never to give up.

Finally, she managed to escape the bathroom.

A passerby, who had a carabiner keychain, used it to lock Steiner in the bathroom until the cops could arrest him.

And just like that, this lone woman had not only defeated a street ambush… but she had managed to get her scumbag attacker CAUGHT!

Better yet, Kelly Herron’s story beautifully illustrates three tips you can use to prevent an attack by a bigger, stronger attacker – or, if you can’t avoid it, fight it off!

1. Search Your Surroundings For Ambushers

Kelly’s “sixth sense” told her something was wrong when she was standing in the bathroom.

The problem with that kind of intuition is that it’s usually too little, too late!

What she should have done was check the bathroom when she first entered, to see if she was alone.

A quick glance under the stalls would probably have shown her Steiner’s pants and shoes, which would have looked out of place in a ladies’ room.

You should get in the habit of checking your surroundings wherever you are, including when you get into your own car (to make sure nobody’s hiding in the back seat).

2. If You’re Attacked, Fight Like A Rabid Animal

This is the thing Kelly did “most right.”

She fought, and fought, and fought.

In describing the fight on her Instagram account and in interviews after the assault, she spoke several times about the mindset she had.

She refused to give up… refused to let Steiner have his way with her… and refused to become a victim!

When it was over, she posted the picture you see here of her stitched, scarred face.

She wasn’t looking for sympathy.

She wanted people to know that you CAN fight back against an attacker… and that mindset of survival and determination is what saved her from rape (and worse).

3. If You Go “Out” Or They Take You Somewhere Else, It’s Over

Kelly understood this, and it’s why she got the “burst of adrenaline” to finally fight back and escape Steiner’s grip.

She knew — and spoke about the fact — that if she blacked out, she was going to be raped (and maybe dead).

That very real fear is what gave her the power to keep on fighting past her “limits”.

And that, honestly, makes her one hell of a woman.

But that’s not the whole story.

After Kelly’s attack, she “sparked a boom” (according to a Reuters news story) in women’s self-defense classes.

Better yet, her cry of, “Not today, motherf—er!” became a meme, inspiring many other women to get trained to defend themselves.

“…After [the] publicity about the attack, women have flocked in unprecedented numbers to the same course that helped Herron, and internet searches for the course have increased tenfold, according to Jordan Giarratano, owner of Fighting Chance Seattle, the karate and kickboxing school that prepared Herron,” wrote Daniel Trotta and Tom James for Reuters.

To me, that’s the BEST part of Kelly Herron’s story.

Not only did she fight off a bigger, stronger attacker… but she inspired countless women in her area to go take the same class that helped her fight back.

Now, I have to ask…

If you were attacked, from out of nowhere – and by a bigger and stronger person – would YOU know what to do?

Did you know that there’s a single move that will work for a much smaller person against a larger attacker, allowing you to practically take their head off?

I know… because I’ve used it myself, and it worked for me every single time.

If you’d like to learn more, check out this video – but be warned: like Kelly Herron’s attack, it’s pretty graphic.

Just remember that if she can fight off a vicious attacker, so can you.

You just need the tips and tactics to do it if some scumbag ever targets you.

That’s why I say, at the end of all my emails,

Prepare. Train. Survive.

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Real Street Fights: 3 Things To Remember When Fighting A Larger Attacker!

Jeff Anderson

When it comes to mixed martial arts and other combat sports, there are weight classes.

This is what separates sports from reality.

In real life, when you’re facing somebody, you won’t have the luxury of dividing up into weight classes so you have a “fighting chance”!

You may be facing someone who is bigger or stronger.

In fact, you PROBABLY will, because “bad guys” pick victims they think they can beat.

Facing someone who is bigger and stronger than you is one of the biggest fears most people have.

For that reason, I talked to my friend Mike Gillette to get his advice.

Here’s a summary of the three tips he gave me for facing a larger attacker.

3 Things To Remember When Fighting A Larger Attacker!

Fighting Larger Attackers: 3 Things To Remember
Mike Gillette

You know that when you match against someone, size is a factor.

Another factor, though, is how much knowledge you have.

You can’t be bigger than every person you meet.

You can’t always be stronger no matter how strong you get.

So you’ve got to fight smarter.

This is where training and preparation come in.

It also brings us to our first tip for facing someone who’s larger and stronger.

#1: You Won’t Be Fighting A Professional

In the cage, on the mat, or in the ring, it’s very rare that a fighter does something the other fighter has never seen before.

You’d have to go all the way back to the early days of the UFC, when it was just a free-for-all, to see a competition where fighters were doing things their opponents had never seen.

Those days are long gone.

Everybody knows everything if they’re a competitive fighter.

Gaps in knowledge still exist, however, out in the real world, in street fighting.

The more you know, the better off you will be if you get attacked by someone larger than you.

He won’t be a professional fighter, chances are, so if you know things he doesn’t, you’ll be able to take him by surprise and use his ignorance against him.

#2: He’s Going To Pick You Because He Thinks He Can Win

It’s rare that a much smaller guy attacks a much larger guy.

Criminals will target someone smaller because they think that they can win easily.

This means you’ve got to keep in mind, in every altercation, that you’re going to be at a disadvantage right from the start.

You’re not going to be able to just rely on size and strength to win because the attacker will already have chosen someone smaller.

You’ve got to communicate clearly and immediately with the opponent in that situation, which means inflicting pain.

But pain alone won’t be enough if he’s bigger and stronger.

That, in turn brings us to…

#3: Take His Balance And You Own Him

If you can introduce instability, you can inflict pain in a way that you can’t by trying to overwhelm somebody when they’re larger.

When we take away someone’s balance, even for a brief moment, it creates a sense of panic.

The biggest priority to anyone who is off balance is suddenly to regain that balance.

Nobody tries to fight when they’re falling.

The first thing they try to do is regain their footing, get their head over their hips, and figure themselves out.

It can all happen very quickly, but if you can take the attacker’s balance, you get a brief window of opportunity during which they’re focused on something that isn’t you.

This can give you the chance to take a devastating shot and take them down.

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Real Street Fights: How To Combat FEAR!

Jeff Anderson

Most of us don’t go around fighting people.

It’s natural, therefore, to feel fear when you suddenly find yourself face-to-face with an aggressive attacker…

…Especially someone your brain tells you is a real threat because he’s larger, stronger, or more experienced, right?

Want to know how to face fear head-on… and even use it to your advantage?

I spoke with self-defense trainer Matt Numrich about this, and here’s a quick run-down of what he told me about dealing with fear in a fight.

How To Make Fear Your B*tch In A Real Street Fight!

Real Street Fights: Conquering Fear
Matt Numrich

When it comes to defending yourself in a real street fight, fear is a tricky thing…

It can be your worst enemy and cause you to doubt yourself and your ability to survive the attack – effectively causing you to hesitate… and we all know that hesitation kills.

But fear can also be your best friendIF you know how to harness its power and use it to your advantage.

Not only that, but it’s super easy to do, and here are 3 quick tips to make YOU the master of your body’s natural response when you’re facing an attacker with no way out…

1. Meet Fear Head-On… At Its Source!

In a confrontation, people go back and forth between two extreme emotions…

They’re either feeling fear or they’re feeling really, really angry.

And in fact, it’s not unusual to go back and forth between these two emotions when you’re looking at the potential of having to defend yourself.

But both fear AND anger can get you in trouble:

If you let anger get the best of you, you’re going to do some pretty stupid things.

You’re not going to have control of yourself… you’re not going to make the right ethical calls… you may take things way, way too far – potentially even ending up killing someone accidentally because you were out of control

But on the other end of the continuum is fear.

Fear causes hesitation – and hesitation can get you killed.

The good news is that fear is nothing more than an emotion when you really get down to it.

And emotions are something you can control.

The key is to analyze your own fears on the deepest level you can so you can find your own “fear triggers”.

That’s going to be different for different people – some may have experienced a traumatic experience in the past… others may be programmed by years of negative self-talk… or bullying.

Either way, when you strip it all away, it all comes down to one thing…

… CONFIDENCE!

Ultimately I think that’s why most people want to learn self-defense techniques – and learning how to fight does have that power, but ONLY if you follow these next 2 steps…

2. The “Missing Link” Most People Don’t Address When Facing Fear In A Real Street Fight…

Remember the first time you got in a car to learn how to drive?

You almost certainly had a certain level of an anxiety or fear when you first got behind the wheel, right?

Whether that was in drivers ed class or your parents maybe took you out for the first time, your heart was probably racing a mile a minute and you were scared to death about scratching the paint on dad’s old 1974 Dodge Dart.

Now let’s jump ahead a few years…

Now when you get in your car, you can do so without your heart jumping up into your throat, right?

Why is that?

Why do you feel so differently now, as opposed to that first time that you did it?

It’s because you’ve had all this practice now.

And that’s the “missing link” that few people who are facing their fears ever realize about eliminating its negative effects: it takes PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

I know, sounds simple… and it is… but there’s actually one more important piece to the puzzle…

3. “Practice Makes Perfect”? No… “PERFECT Practice Makes Perfect”!

Practice by itself isn’t enough to overcome your fear in a real street fight.

You can perform millions of punches and thousands of kicks and blocks, but these won’t help you overcome fear if:

  1. Your techniques aren’t effective in a real street fight (without rules!); and
  2. You don’t practice your techniques under realistic conditions that simulate a real attack

You see, it’s not about the fact that you’re practicing; it’s about HOW you’re practicing.

Bottom line is you have to use scenario-based training – putting yourself through realistic simulations of what you’ll face on the street.

Once you’ve done that many times, once you know what to expect, fear won’t cripple you.

In fact, the natural adrenaline rush you’ll get from that initial “fear” your body senses can be USED to increase your strength and power when you finally realize it’s “go time” and make your move.

This type of training isn’t that hard to do – and can even be fun.

That’s why I took a good hard look not just at the techniques I’ve trained my students in… but HOW we train them.

This was the whole foundation of our Fearless Street-Fighting video series and I’ve seen it create amazing results in those who have trained with it.

But no matter what you’re training in, stop and think about whether the tactics you’re learning – and the way you’re training with them – are doing enough to help you control fear in a real street fight… and use it to your advantage!

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MCS 267 – Deescalate Or DIE

Defuse, Deescalate, And Use Conflict Resolution Techniques To Avoid A Fight
Defuse, Deescalate, And Use Conflict Resolution Techniques To Avoid A Fight
Defuse, Deescalate, And Use Conflict Resolution Techniques To Avoid A Fight

I saw a horrifying YouTube video recently.

It was so graphic that it’s since been taken down (but you can watch it below if it’s still available).

Mia Simmons and Latanya Watson Subway Stabbing Video
Mia Simmons and Latanya Watson Subway Stabbing Video

Two women got off a train after getting into some kind of fight.

Mia Simmons was walking away when Latanya Watson pepper-sprayed her.

Simmons pulled out a knife…

…and shoved it into Watson’s neck!

Now Simmons is facing manslaughter charges… all because neither of these women knew how to deescalate a violent confrontation.

If YOU got into it with someone DETERMINED to fight with you, would know know how to avoid the fight… and what to do to stay out of jail or the MORGUE if you had no choice but to use force?

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson offers his analysis of both that graphic video specifically, and of defusing and deescalating potentially violent encounters you may face.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • When self-defense is NOT self-defense according to our legal system.
  • The one word you NEVER use when you have an argument with someone!
  • The psychological trick you should use when trying to get another person to back down.
  • How to force another person to choose whether to back down or to attack… all while making it clear YOU are not the “bad guy.”
  • Bad-ass fight moves that can take down ANYBODY regardless of size… and that have NEVER FAILED Jeff in a fight.

Bad things can happen to good people, no matter what their intentions, when things get physical.

Learn how to avoid a fight if you can… and how to take control of that fight when you have no other choice.

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Best Tactical Machete Advice For Machete Attacks In The STREETS

The unidentified man tried to retreat… only to be pursued by an entire GANG of thugs.

They were wielding machetes, bats, and even a full-on sword!

This wasn’t something out of a post-apocalyptic movie.

It was the streets of south London, and it happened just a few days ago!

The bizarre melee battle was captured by people recording it for Snapchat on their phones.

This chaos is NOT an isolated incident, either.

It’s happening almost every day, and it represents a very dangerous warning for you and me when it comes to self-defense!

Keep reading, because i’m going to explain why…

Machete Battles In The STREETS Give Insight Into “Other Weapons” For Survival…

The recent September 3rd street battle in Croydon — the town in south London that used to be a nice, safe place — has residents screaming about “lawless London.”

As crowds of horrified people gathered to record the battle, some of the DOZEN men involved began swinging metal pipes at each other.

The brawl broke up into separate fights.

Some were machete-on-knife fights.

Some were bat-on-sword fights.

Some were the metal-smashing pipe fights.

Then they started throwing bricks.

By the time the cops arrived, the men involved had already fled the scene. leaving at least one knife behind.

And the people standing there, foolishly watching and endangering their lives?

They keep telling the reporters they can’t believe what’s happened to their peaceful neighborhood.

The sad fact is that in the last few years, violent crime in cities like London has surged to rival levels in big United States cities.

In part, that’s due to gangs moving into the cities, preying on the inner-city populations.

As the violence has increased, people using scooters and bicycles to commit “drive by” attacks have become increasingly common, too.

They use acid, throwing it in people’s face.

They use knives.

They even use illegal guns.

But do you know what the most common weapon used in the streets of London is?

It’s the machete.

According to a recent news report, the police in the UK are dealing with a whopping 15 machete attacks. . . EVERY DAY!

Attacks with every type of knife are off the charts there, but the machete is CLEARLY the weapon of choice.

And that’s my point.

Here’s why that matters to you…

The gangs in the UK have figured that out.

Gangs and street criminals here in the United States have learned it, too.

The notorious MS-13 gang in the United States, for example, can get all the illegal guns it wants…

…but they STILL use machetes when they want to prove how badass they are.

(I believe in the power of the machete so much, in fact, that I designed one myself — but more on that in a minute.)

The machete is a short sword.

It’s inexpensive.

It delivers POWERFUL damage, and does so quickly.

It’s also more maneuverable than a traditional sword (sorry to you samurai out there).

And it’s a LOT less conspicuous than other types of big blades, because it has an “official” outdoor use.

When you buy a gun for everyday carry or home defense, you DON’T buy the cheapest one you can get, do you?

I sure hope not, because you’re going to be relying on that weapon to save your life.

Well, for those times you can’t have a gun with you — or if you live someplace that they’re trampling on your gun rights — you want to stock up on alternative weapons NOW, while you still can.

But just like when buying a gun to defend your life, you DON’T want to trust your family’s safety to a five-dollar Walmart machete.

You want to buy something SOLID.

You want a machete that can smash through doors and even concrete barriers.

You want a machete that can cut through whatever obstacle you face.

And you want a machete that can handle any FIGHT in front of you, one that handles like a real WEAPON.

I’m not going to lie… there are lots of machetes out there that have some of these qualities.

But there’s only ONE that can handle all the abuse you throw at it… and still serve as a fighting weapon you can trust with your life.

If you’d like to watch the torture test video for yourself, click here…

Frankly, there is no equal.

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