EPISODE #145: Pre-Positioning In Practice

Thank you so much for joining me. I love to have you here.

Okay, my friends. Before I move into this week’s broadcast, where we’re going to make all this discussion of pre-positioning actionable and practical, I have two points of clarification to make from the previous two broadcasts.

First, I generated a little confusion when I brought ‘pre-positioning’ into the realm of sports, particularly with my racing analogy. In case you were confused: by pre-positioning, I wasn’t referring to the actual starting position of cars on the track, which is sorted out in qualification before most races begin. I was referring to the sort of pre-positioning that would begin to take place years and years, months, days, and hours before the race ever began. That said. Starting position definitely is a factor in pre-positioning, however, not so much in those long duration stock car races. For example, if that starting column is 200 yards long, and the race is a 350-mile oval track race, then starting at the back of the pack represents something like a ten thousandth of a percent disadvantage. Not much at all, and not relevant to our conversation on pre-positioning, because if you’re facing off against an armed threat, and both your guns are coming up at the same time, and you have a ten thousandth of a percent advantage over him, what’s going to happen? Well, if you both have any shred of skill and full magazines, you’re both probably going to be killed. So, when we refer to pre-positioning, we’re referring to a much grander scale. One that gives you not just a 10% advantage, but a 20, 40, 50, 500, 50,000% advantage. For example, if that threat pulls his gun, but you’re not even there. Or if you’re behind him. Or if you step out the door the moment he walks in, because you just have a feeling. More on all that in a moment.

The next point of clarification I wanted to touch on is, where does The Fighting Principal of INTENSITY fit into this model, presented last week, where nearly all human conflict is settled by a combination of pre-positioning, skill, and luck – (usually mostly pre-positioning)?

The answer is: skill. In this model, the fighting principal of INTENSITY is a skill, because as we look back on our definition of skill from last week’s broadcast, skill is “the extent to which we can control all the actions that we are in control of.” And given that INTENSITY describes the way you deploy yourself and your gear, the way you fight, this tells us, what? That we need to practice being INTENSE, so that we can defend ourselves more energetically than our attacker is attacking us.

This is can be confusing, because when we think ‘skill’, we often think deliberate, intentional actions – even slow ones. But again, any action that we’re in control of, any action that can be practiced ahead of time, is a skill. And trust me as an instructor – to break people out of that naturally reserved state that us good guys tend to be in, and to empower them to be fierce and intense when they shoot and move…. and to break people out of the stage fright involved with shooting guns and moving this way around other people: this is not an easy task! Yes: INTENSITY is a skill and like any skill, it first requires training, and then requires practice.

Alright, now let’s get into the meat and potatoes of this broadcast. Within the realm of
Volume 3 of 3 SECONDS FROM NOW itself, time was limited and we could only cover so much. Not to mention, only half of that education related specifically to pre-positioning; the other half focused on the critical WINDOWS CONCEPT of Effective Self-Defense, which attempts to teach the student exactly when to launch their defensive counter-attack in those situations that are not violent blitz attacks, but where their lives are still in grave danger. So! That’s exactly what the Guardian Broadcast is for – to supplement our official education. And so, including other little tidbits that I’ll be mixing in, I want to spend the next few weeks giving you a ton of specific examples of what it looks like to effectively pre-position yourself for success in violent combat.

Now, we divide pre-position into four primary areas.

#1 – PASSIVE Pre-Positioning. All the things each and every one of us can and should make habits that we automatically do every waking minute, and even every sleeping minute, of every day.

#2 – ACTIVE Pre-Positioning. All the things we may be able to do within the scope of a threatening incident. These are the things you can do once you realize you’re being threatened and that an attack seems imminent, but in those moments BEFORE the actual violence begins.

#3 – KENETIC Pre-Positioning. These are the things we can do within the violent fight itself – things we can do to use our surplus energy in each and every split second, to better position ourselves for the very next second or two to help ensure our survival.

And lastly: #4 – Post-Incident Pre-Positioning. These are the things we can do in the immediate aftermath of a violent attack to make sure that the resulting legal response and investigation go as favorably for us as possible.

This is a lot to talk about, so we’re going to divide it up over the next few weeks. Let’s begin by discussing things from the very first group this week, passive pre-positioning. Habits that we should practice and engrain into our daily, hourly, by-the-minute actions and lifestyle so that we’re more prepared. I’ll try to be quick, because I have a lot to get through, though to be sure, an entire curriculum piece could be developed on nearly every topic I’ll be buzzing over when we discuss these.

First: Be equipped. Yes, the equipment you have on your is ALL part of pre-positioning. The man or woman with the gun is phenomenally better pre-positioned than the man or woman without it. If you’ve ever felt that your life was in danger but DIDN’T have a gun on you, you know exactly what I mean. And yet, the topic of equipment is much broader, and much DEEPER than simply being armed or not. For an obvious example, we can talk about spare magazines, a compact first aid kit, a flashlight. A can of pepper spray. A cell phone. Cash, and a MasterCard or Visa, and an American Express. A lighter. But it’s all much deeper than that. For example, the person whose gun can be accessed from all body positions is better pre-positioned than the person whose gun can only be accessed when standing. Or, shallowly-concealed guns that can be fired within a second and a half from the decision to draw. It goes on and on, but this topic is very deep, and every ounce more prepositioned you are from a gear standpoint, the higher your odds become of surviving and thriving within violence.

Next, your fitness level. Obviously, how physically fit you are drives a lot in this life. You’ll live 20 or 30 more years. You’ll have 30 or 40 more quality years. You’ll be less likely to be attacked in the first place. You’ll feel better about yourself and you’ll see more success in your career. You’ll be more likely to survive car accidents and gunshot wounds, and you’ll recover more fully from them. But even on a micro level: in your day to day life, your level of rest, mental clarity, the recency of your last practice session, your hydration level, your energy level. All these things are important, and we should take good care of ourselves.

Next, your body position. Wherever you are. At home, work, driving, in your garden. You want to sit or stand or walk or sleep in such a way that will allow you to launch into dynamic action with as little telegraphing or repositioning as possible. This means sitting with your legs flat beneath you, rather than crossed. It means standing with weight evenly distributed beneath your legs. It means walking with good body motion and broad, even steps.

Next is probably the most important passive pre-positioning habit, and that is awareness. Not just situational awareness, but awareness in general. Being in tune with your five senses, and all the data that enters them. Avoiding tuning things or people out – because that’s a bad habit to get into. But – yes, absolutely – building your rational situational awareness and your intuitive situational awareness. That means, learning what violent people look and act like, what violent situations looked like before kickoff. Learning to be in tune with the attention and emotions of other people, bystanders, around you. Of course, being aware of entrances and exits around you at all times. And on and on. Situational awareness probably will eventually be a full fledged CCU Curriculum piece.

Next, and sadly this will have to be the last one for this week, but strong hand freedom. Call it your strong hand or your primary hand, but you don’t want to keep this hand occupied with non-essential objects or activities when you might need it, or when you’re out and about. We don’t have to go overboard with anything like this – remember, it’s all about habits. But I have young children. They just know that if they want to hold my hand, they move to my left side – I’m right handed. I carry children on my left side. I carry drinks in my left hand. In mass, I hold the hymnal or the Bible with my left hand. If I sense the slightest bit of discomfort within a tactical situation, my right hand is casually down by my waistline. My right thumb might even be tucked into my waistband. On and on.

Okay, this was a long one. Next week, we’ll be able to cover a lot more. And again, my goal here with all these is to make sure to bring this concept of pre-positioning down to reality, into the nuts and bolts of daily life.

So! I look forward to next week. Please submit any questions you have, and even if I can’t respond directly, I’ll try to filter them into these upcoming broadcasts.

Okay, my friend. Thank you so much for being here. It’s absolutely fantastic to have you along for this journey. Until next week, my fellow guardians.

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