We like to believe we can handle ourselves when faced with an attacker. It’s not a situation anyone wants to think about, but we like to think we could protect ourselves when a thug thrusts a knife in your face or pushes a gun into your chest.
The shocking fact is most people don’t. In this highly pressurized situation, most people crumble.
Because contrary to popular belief, when things go south we don’t rise to the challenge. We fall back to our best level of preparation… and for most that means NONE.
Mistakes that don’t just leave you hurt… mistakes that could leave you lying face down in a pool of your own blood.
I don’t mean to sound like a hyped-up news piece… but the truth is police report after police report points to the same thing:
In a moment I’ll share with you the THREE most common mistakes every victim makes that you need to avoid, but before that let me introduce myself…
My name is Mike Westerdal, SPC (Strength Psychology Certified). I’m a personal trainer, national best selling physical preparedness author as well as the founder of the internet’s longest-standing strength site, CriticalBench.com.
I’m speaking to you today not just as a training expert but as a father and a husband… who would do anything to protect his family.
I used to get pushed around when I was younger. I spent years building up my body and becoming stronger. I got mentally and physically tough the hard way. As I got bigger, I learned to handle myself. Working in security, I learned first-hand how violence really plays out.
If you’re a police officer or serve in the military you learn to read a situation better than ordinary citizens. Active service teaches you what violence REALLY looks like.
You see, there’s a problem with how we see violence in this country and it’s why most people go to pieces when bad things happen…
If you want to understand the root of all the problems with violence in this country, don’t look at guns. Don’t look at knives. It’s nothing to do with any weapon.
We’ve become a society of mentally weak wimps. Modern life no longer requires us to have the mental strength we need to hunt for food or fight for survival.
Certain problems didn’t get solved by calling a lawyer. Fists were the answer when things got rough… and afterwards both parties would shake hands like gentlemen.
Back then, violence didn’t frighten people as much. As violence has become less part of our everyday lives, when we do see it, it’s SHOCKING.
I’m not saying we should go back to settling every dispute with our fists. I’m telling you this to explain why most people are left paralyzed when violence plays out.
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