Hello my friends, and welcome to another Guardian Broadcast. I’m your host here, and founder of the Concealed Carry University, Patrick Kilchermann.
Last week, I provided a background of what human conflict is, and what I recognize as the four phases of human conflict. The most important part, or the thesis, of that episode was to point out a singular physical reality that the foundation of human conflict is built on:
That we humans are all programmed to KNOW when we are beaten before we actually ARE beaten.
Now, let’s combine this with what we already know is the big picture view of what self-defense is.
Okay, to make ‘what self-defense is’ crystal clear, we ask ourselves: any time someone successfully defends themselves, what is happening?
The answer is, one of two things:
Either the victim is physically shutting off the aggressor who was just trying to accost, attack, rob, steal from, or kill them….
OR, the victim is… what? The victim is shifting the balance of the ‘cost-benefit’ equation in the mind of the aggressor from “worth it” to “NO LONGER worth it.”
That’s it. That’s what self-defense is. One of those two things.
Well, we already know that the first scenario is phenomenally rare, even when handguns are involved. Only between 5 and 7% of the time does a self-defense incident end with the aggressor trying to get what he wants up to his last breath. And frankly, it’s a very, very good thing for us that this is the case. If all criminals stuck around and kept attacking until they were physically shut off, self-defense simply wouldn’t work. Both the victim and the attacker would be killed in every confrontation where the victim decided to resist, and succeeding in resisting. But that’s not what happens in real life. And because it’s not what happens, we get all these wonderful statistical realities, that even the most anti-gun and anti-self defense publicist can’t deny: that ANY kind of resisting on behalf of the victim doubles or triples the odds of that victim thwarting that attack and surviving it without injury. Did you hear that? Resisting actually LOWERS your odds of being hurt in an attack. And that’s why, because again, ALL successful self-defense is, is when the victim is shifting the balance of the ‘cost-benefit’ equation in the mind of the aggressor from “worth it” to “NO LONGER worth it.” This is one of the 14 Laws of Self-Defense that we cover in the prelude to our 3 SECONDS FROM NOW series as well, where we illustrate this law using an animated set of scales, if you’ll recall.
Okay, so what happens when we combine the primary thesis of last week’s broadcast with this one. Where we combine the reality that all healthy and rational humans are programmed to KNOW when we are beaten before we actually ARE beaten… with this law of self-defense, that successful self-defense happens when the victim is shifting the balance of the ‘cost-benefit’ equation in the mind of the aggressor from “worth it” to “NO LONGER worth it.”?
The result of this combination gives us the Strategy for effective self-defense: that we stand the best chance of ending an attack without sustaining injury by – as quickly as possible – forcing our attacker’s psychological reaction to disengage.
Simple as that. That’s our self-defense strategy, and all GOOD self-defense tactics will pour from this strategy, and align toward this mission: to trip that switch inside the brain and biology of your attacker so that they realize in about eight-tenths of a second that THIS ATTACK IS NO LONGER WORTH IT. It was worth it a moment ago, or else they wouldn’t have decided to attack… but now, in panicky, neck-breaking speed they are realizing that it is NOT worth it. And that is when you get that dream scenario. That before your third shot is even fired – before your first shot is even fired in many situations – that attacker has lost bladder control and is diving head-first out the nearest exit.
So that’s where we are at: when we recognize and accept these two truths into our strategic realities, we know we’ve got to shift our tactics.
But: From what…? And… to what? Well, the answer lies inside our CCU Founding Principle of COMBAT DYNAMICS. Let’s discuss.
In Volume 2 of 3 SECONDS FROM NOW, we explained how we can look at any self-defense situation as a display of ENERGY. Where an attacker is bringing violence into what was a peaceful situation. Violence is energy. Peace and calm, energetically, are cold. Violence, is hot. When we think of peace and calm and stillness, what colors come to mind? White. Light blue. What colors come to mind when you think of violence? RED. Various shades of red.
So through this lens of COMBAT DYNAMICS, we know that an attacker is attempting to use his high energy to shatter your peaceful will and get you to freeze and psychologically crumple and comply with his demands. His demands could be to submit so he can rob your, or rape you if you’re a woman. Or, his demands may simply be for you to let him kill you.
Your goal, in order to successfully defend yourself and drive that attacker away, is to explode in equally violent resistance. You need to get as hot as he is and FAST. If you can’t match his level of INTENSITY, you stand a low chance of actually being able to break his focus and motivation, and it’s likely that he will have you in the position he wants you within three seconds. Now, if you can only MATCH his intensity, the scenario will hopefully end in your favor, but it will likely take many seconds longer than you’ll want it to. That’s because if you MATCH his energy, or if you match the level of violence he’s doing, you are essentially contesting control of the situation within the realm of a fair fight. And depending on how motivated your attacker is, he may be drawn into that fight and he may duke it out or slash it out or punch it out or shoot it out with you for several seconds before deciding – if he hasn’t yet killed you – that he needs to disengage.
However: if you increase your energy beyond his, if you get hotter and more dangerous and more violent, you will almost always cause him to psychologically crumple in an extremely short amount of time. Usually, we see this happen in less than one second. It’s almost as fast as the human brain can process what it is that’s happening to it. BAM: they are out of there.
And here’s the kicker of it all. If we neglect this interesting COMBAT DYNAMICS view of what violent scenarios are, we end up with tactics that involve someone doing something like the following: They feel threatened, they realize they’re in mortal danger and that deadly force is the only thing that can save their lives, and so they plant their feet, they draw their guns, they come into a shooting stance, they aim, and they fire. Depending on which school they learned at, they might fire twice. Then, they scan. If the threat is still present, they fire one or two or three more times. Then, they scan.
Well, there are a lot of things wrong with this approach. What it all boils down to is this: this is a cold, low-energy approach. It is an approach that is can be very lethal (or as lethal as handgun bullets can be, which is the major problem here), but it’s an approach that is not very intense. Not to mention, this kind of approach is often taught as a ‘one size fits all’ solution to deploying a handgun, and it becomes excessively vulnerable to counter attacks very quickly, such as tackling or grabbing the pistol from the good guy’s hands as all sorts of other shortcomings are highlighted.
The problem with learning, adopting, and deploying a low-energy approach like this is that if we do NOT adopt tactics that seek to end fights fast according to the truths outlined in this broadcast, then we’re going to be stuck in a gunfight for many seconds longer than we may survive… even if we do ultimately win.
Instead, COMBAT DYNAMICS shows us that our tactics need to shift to tactics that are as high-energy as we can muster. And that when we do so, we stand excellent chances of ending fights extremely quickly. This is what we have always referred to as effective self-defense, and this differentiation is why we always add that word: effective. Because there are LOTS of ways to defend yourself. But there are many fewer ways to effectively defend yourself.
What lies within what we call effective self-defense, which is self-defense informed by COMBAT DYNAMICS, is what is contained inside monumental works such as Sun Tsu’s The Art of War. Or Musashi’s Five Rings. Or in Poole’s The Last Hundred Yards. Or, in Rommel’s Infantry Attacks. It is the work of guys like Travis Roesler, Suarez, Larkin, and Mattis.
Okay, at this point, let me stop and say: the astute listener or reader here won’t be surprised by any of this. This is what we’ve been talking about from the very beginning. And especially if they’ve been following the 3 SECONDS FROM NOW series, they’re getting it. They’re up to speed.
But there are a few very important things critical to the success of the defensive fighter that we have no yet covered even within the 3 SECONDS FROM NOW series. Certainly they cannot be understood or leveraged without an education like the one we’re laying out in 3 SECONDS, but it is these fascinating, important topics that I want to begin exploring next week.
I’ll see you then.
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