Updated: Dec 27, 2020
Today we are wrapping up this series of articles about the things that happen before an attack. As we discussed in the previous 3 articles, we have an acronym that I learned from former executive bodyguard Nick Hughes, SIVA.
V- Verbal Contact
Today we are going to talk about the Approach. If you have made it this far in the process then you have already been selected, isolated, and the attacker has spoken to you. At this level, it is much harder to end the situation without some type of physical altercation.
If they approach you and you are able to make distance, do it. Do not let them in too close. If you know they are going to attack you, now would be a good time for a preemptive strike. If at all possible you want to use an open palm strike to the nose as the person steps in to attack. Remember, criminals of this type want to avoid 2 things; to avoid getting hurt, and to avoid getting caught. So if all else fails and you find yourself in this situation, fight hard and make a scene.
I realize that not all attacks follow this formula, some are more like an ambush where a criminal is waiting on an unsuspecting victim. This is the formula for most attacks, although some steps may be skipped. So we must be aware of our surroundings and stop an attack before it even begins. You never know when an attack may happen, so stay sharp, stay focused, and train hard.
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