ActiveSelfProtection 07 Aug 2016

Armed Guard Counter Ambushes Armed Robber

In General

Do you think in the moment that you could have the patience and courage this guard did against an armed robber with a gun in your face? He definitely made a few mistakes, but in the end his Active Self Protection was strong enough to win the day, and for that we salute him!

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Videos of the armed robber ambushing the guard available here:

How do I protect myself from an armed robber?

1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an attacker, then your only option is to submit to their demands and hope it works out for the best. I would never suggest that a helpless person try to defend themselves against a carjacker or armed robber, though of course if it's a matter of life and death you must do whatever you can. The point, though, is not to be a helpless victim! This is the heart of Active Self Protection, to motivate you to train and help you develop the attitude, skills, and plan so that you can choose to protect yourself if it makes sense in the moment rather than being forced into compliance with a violent felon. The clerk didn't have skills and so she complied. The guard did have skills and defended himself. That's a pretty clear contrast!

There are five additional lessons on our website if you'd like to learn more from this incident:

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at

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