It was day time on a crowded big-city street in a country far from home. It seems my girlfriend and I attracted the attention of a gang of bag thieves.
I noticed a guy on an opposite street corner talking on a cell phone. He caught my attention when he seemed to be pointing us out to some unseen other person. As soon as he pointed at us we picked up a tail. Two guys appeared out of nowhere and started following us very closely. The dude on the cell phone supervised from a distance.
I slowed down our walking pace. So did our followers. Not a good sign. The man on the phone paralleled us from across the street. I made a quick stop and forced our followers to walk past. They didn’t like that at all and we could tell that it screwed up their plan.
It was quite the study in the criminal assault paradigm. The two men were obviously together, but walking a half step apart to seem separate. They weren’t talking. One guy was pretending to look at a cell phone in a very unnatural posture (trying to look inconspicuous). The other was giving off constant “grooming cues” touching his face, neck, and hair as he nervously kept looking over his shoulder to check our position.
They were obviously up to something. I warned my girlfriend and slowed the pace even more. The two guys slowed down as well, keeping the same distance between us. In between nervous strokes of his neck, I saw one of the men dart his hand into his pocket. He pulled it out and had something gold and metallic-colored in his palm. I couldn’t tell what it was, but it looked like brass knuckles of some sort. Go time.
How to Spot a Bad Guy- A Comprehensive Look at Body Language and Pre-Assault Indicators
Pre fight indicators
– Touching the face or neck
– Wiping at the nose or mouth
– Rubbing the eyes
– Smoothing the hair
– Rubbing the neck
– Scratching the head
– Rubbing the arms or chest as if shivering
– Or making any other gesture that partially conceals the criminal’s face/neck area from view
This video totally caught me by surprise. The two mens use of teamwork is on a whole elevated level.
They look like stoner/skater dudes just stealing some snacks, so I feel chaotic neutral is the alignment here. Though, the argument could be made that while they’re Lawful Evil, those laws are toward themselves. They don’t respect the law of the land but their own laws – hence why they don’t mind grabbing some free snacks (and do so without truly holding up the shop, just nabbing a few snacks with a clever distraction) – and also act to rescue the shop owner when a true antagonist comes along. In the end, I have to agree with Chaotic Neutral though. They’re looking out for themselves, not necessarily interested in following laws if it means they can get some small nice stuff, but definitely still having a moral compass.
Really good food for thought. It is very easy to fall into predictable patterns and not carry the tools and skills needed to survive.
This is a great example of why you need to pressure test your skills.
Shooting accuracy on the range does not translate directly into accuracy in a real fight. Though factors like shot anticipation, bad trigger control can certainly play a part, I do not believe these are the main reasons. I believe that shooters look at the threat and refuse to allow anything to obstruct their view of the threat, which in this case means the gun sights. After seeing too many good shooters miss horribly low, I’m noticing they aren’t using their sights oftentimes. Worse still, they are not even TRYING to use their sights.
3 SIMPLE RULES to Survive Gang Attacks: How to fight & defend yourself How to defend yourself is hard enough, but made worst when you have gang of people confronting you in a street fight. Often you may be distracted by one attacker, while other people sucker punch you. This week we examine an attack in London in which a young man was attacked by 5 individuals as he walked home. We will discuss the 3 key mistakes that the victim made. Reveal the 3 lessons that we can learn from the gang attack.
As I walked into my bank, a young man in his early 20s was blocking the entrance. He stood with his back to me at a parade rest. His demeanor was strange, as if on something or mentally unstable. He had short brown hair and was sloppily dressed in a gray shirt and blue jeans. He was holding an unlit cigarette. He was accompanied by a man who was standing in line to do his banking. This man was in his mid to late 50’s, had a gray beard and was dressed in a black baseball cap, white t-shirt, and black shorts.
I asked the man blocking the entrance “are you in line?” In a confused state, he muttered something and stepped aside enough for me to pass. He then resumed his original position. His companion, who was standing about 15′ ahead of him in line, asked him to take a seat. He took a seat for about 30 seconds then stood and paced around the waiting area. He then proceeded to remove his shirt about 3/4 off his body revealing a tattoo that appeared to be gang related. He then lowered the shirt. As I scanned the room to analyze the reaction of emp[employees and customers, it appeared that people were mentally shutting down. Rather than being on alert and preparing for a potentially hazardous situation, they tuned it out and continued on with their activity as if hoping the problem would resolve itself. They were drifting into compliance mode. Both men left the bank together but the one who had blocked the entrance tagged behind, staring back through the bank windows, scanning the room. I’m not sure if he was high or if it was something else.
When people face something they are not prepared for they tend to shut down.