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Article by Brian Stein

The one thing that most Real­ity Based Self Defense prac­ti­tion­ers spend the least amount of time train­ing for is the after­math of a vio­lent encounter. Yet, this is one of the most impor­tant skill sets to cul­ti­vate in real world per­sonal pro­tec­tion train­ing. There are sev­eral major com­po­nents to for us to con­di­tion our­selves for suc­cess in. Each com­po­nent needs to be actu­ally trained in through live action role play­ing at first and then through adren­a­line stress con­di­tion­ing sce­nar­ios sec­ond. Intel­lec­tual study alone will not surface.

The first drill that we need to prac­tice is ESCAPING TO SAFETY. We can work the drill from the point in the fight where we downed our attacker. We need to have a plan of action already con­di­tioned into us so that under the pres­sure of an adren­a­line dump that’s going to occur in a real life phys­i­cal con­flict, we will suc­cess­fully put our­selves in a posi­tion of safety. As soon as we stun or down our attacker we want to run to safety, prefer­ably to a where we can call 911 for the police and an ambu­lance. We need to prac­tice say­ing slowly and clearly “I’m at _______ I was attacked and I need the police and an ambu­lance imme­di­ately.” Don’t hang up until the oper­a­tor does. Also be mind­ful that your con­ver­sa­tion is being recorded and can be used in a court of law. Ulti­mately you want to be in a place of cover where you can keep an eye on your downed attacker. While you wait for the police to arrive check your­self or any­body that you’re with for injuries and admin­is­ter first aid as needed.

The next drill we need to prac­tice is TALKING TO THE POLICE. We need to per­sua­sively com­mu­ni­cate to the police that we were THE VICTIM of a vio­lent crime and that in fear of our lives we fought back. Once again we need to prac­tice this script so that under the pres­sure of a real life sit­u­a­tion we will say the proper things that have us going home free and the bad guy(s) going to jail.

Lastly, we want to method­i­cally go over our story and rehearse it. We may have to speak to sev­eral dif­fer­ent police offi­cers and attor­neys. We want to make sure to con­vey that we are the good guy and the vic­tim in this sit­u­a­tion. Write down all of the key details of the crime and then rehearse your story out loud, then have a trusted train­ing part­ner pres­sure test you by try­ing to pick your story apart.

Prop­erly prepar­ing your­self for the after­math of a fight is just as impor­tant as train­ing for the pre-fight and the fight itself. Invest­ing time in this most impor­tant com­po­nent of Real­ity Based Self Defense train­ing will pay great div­i­dends in the future if you ever are the vic­tim of a vio­lent crime.

Read more: http://full-contact.military.com/2011/08/04/prepare-for-the-aftermath/#ixzz29tdzDjVF
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