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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:09 pm

DRUG ABUSERS-

According to many authorities in law enforcement, as much as 80% of the crime in the United States is driven by the use of illegal drugs. From turf wars among drug dealers, to robberies for money to get money to buy dope, drug abusers are your single largest threat group.


According to a recent detailed study by the FBI, 80% of the offenders studied who had killed police officers were under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or drugs and alcohol at the time of the fatal assault.

Many types of drugs lower social inhibitions (this is why alcohol is so important to so many people at social functions).

Unfortunately, these social inhibitions include the inhibition to kill a fellow human being.

The most commonly abused drugs in this country include:
Cocaine, Crack, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, and other Nervous System Stimulants;
PCP, LSD, MDMA, and other Hallucinogens;
Marijuana;
Anabolic Steroids, and of course,
Alcohol.

Different types of drugs can cause different physical symptoms, of which you need to be aware. In addition, certain drugs can cause psychological effects on the offender that you must be prepared for.


Remember that different people can have different reactions to drugs. A complete discussion of these drug types and their effects is outside the scope of this brief article, but the information is readily available.

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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:00 pm

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MENTAL CASES-

In any major urban area, street contacts with mentally or emotionally disturbed persons are practically unavoidable. According to the American Psychiatric Association, one of every three Americans will suffer some form of serious mental or emotional illness at some point in his life. I’m OK, but frankly I’ve been a bit worried about you.

The most common group of mentally disturbed persons you will encounter is the “street person”, typically a homeless drifter, or “bum”, usually shabbily dressed, unkempt, bearded, and dirty.

A lot of people will try to tell you that these people are helpless, harmless victims of the failed mental health care system. This is not typically true.

It is now extremely difficult in this country to involuntarily commit someone for a mental illness, even a serious one. Even disturbed persons who kill are typically stabilized with medication and released back into the public, with the frail hope that they will continue to faithfully take their medication without supervision.


Most mentally ill street people have been placed in care homes or mental institutions at some point, but since they cannot be held there against their will, they left and went back on the street.


In my experience, many of these persons prefer uncertain life on the street to the structured and confining life in an institution. Of course, once on the street and broke, they have no access to medications, and no one to evaluate their progress or deterioration.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:05 pm

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In my area, for instance, I used to patrol a residential area which was a short distance from the main concentration of hospitals, including mental health facilities.

We would arrest these "disturbed persons” for theft, burglary, or assault so many times we knew them all by name.

Some were not violent, some were. In court, the judges recognized them as persistent offenders, but understood that they were seriously mentally ill, so were reluctant to put them in jail.

In jail, these typically poorly physically conditioned people were victimized horribly by true criminals.

The judges were powerless to commit these individuals to mental institutions for any length of time, as the admitting psychiatrists would judge them not to be “an imminent threat to their own safety or that of others”.


Back on the street they went in 24 hours. One night one of these “repeat customers” of ours, a fifty-ish female of slight build, knocked a man down, sat astride his chest, and cut his heart out with a steak knife.

Sometimes three of four of us would have to “pile up” on one of these offenders to get him into custody without having to kill him. Harmless? Hardly.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:07 pm

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A large percentage of these street people are armed, with usually crude weapons such as knives, screwdrivers, straight razors, or improvised weapons.

They are often very territorial about “their home”, which may be a cozy spot behind your office’s dumpster.


They also tend to be very touchy about personal space, and inadvertently getting too close to one may be interpreted as the worst sort of aggressive attack against him, resulting in a furious assault against the “intruder” (you!).
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:08 pm

Givens

Aside from the obvious “bum” be on the look-out for behavior such as a shuffling, uncoordinated gait; a vacant, “thousand-yard stare”; incoherent mumbling; talking to himself or unseen associates; and other bizarre behavior.

With anyone you suspect to be mentally disturbed, try these tips to avoid or de-escalate a contact:

1. Remember his personal space, and don’t invade it.

2. Do not try to touch him, unless you are prepared to fight him.

3. Do not make sudden, rapid, or startling movements.

4. Speak quietly and slowly. Do not shout.

5. Try to increase distance, and get an obstacle (parked car, fence, etc.) between you, as if he is armed it is probably with an edged weapon.

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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:11 pm

PLAIN OLD CRIMINALS-

Criminals must go through certain specific stages of activity before they can assault/rob/abduct/rape/etc. These stages will differ slightly in different types of crimes, but will generally fall into these categories.

1. SELECTION- The criminal views you as a prospective victim. He looks at your “victim potential”, on two separate bases.

First, do you have the type of car he wants, are you wearing expensive watches and jewelry, have you flashed a roll of cash, do you fit his rape victim profile? We think of this as, “Do you have what I want?”. If the answer is, “Yes.”, he moves to the next question.

Then he evaluates you as a threat to him. First and foremost, are you paying attention to your surroundings?

Are you aware of his presence? Do you look like you might be a physical problem?

Do you look like you might be armed?

I assure you he goes through these questions. We think of this as, “Can I get what I want from you, safely?”.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:12 pm

If the answer to either question, “Do you have what I want, and can I get it from you, safely?” , is “NO”, then off he goes, in search of easier prey.

Thugs are not looking for a fight. What they’re looking for is the easy mark. Someone they can get to, get what they want from, and get away from, without being hurt and without being caught.

Several years ago, a fascinating study was conducted by some psychology students. They took photos of ordinary people as they came and went from a downtown business area.

They then planned to show these to criminals and ask them to identify the people they would choose as victims, and identify the people they would choose to bypass. In the preliminary write-up, they said that they expected to see a 10-15% correlation among the “victim” and “non-victim” groups.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:13 pm

They then went to a state prison and got a very large number of career violent offenders (rapists, muggers, etc.) to enter a room one at a time and view these photos. Time after time, the thugs said “I want that one”, and pointed to others and said, “But I don’t want that one!”.


When it was over, the psychologists were shocked. There was a 95% correlation rate! Ninety-five times out of a hundred, individual thugs, with no communication among them, picked the same people to be victims, or to bypass.


How did they do that? Body language. The only thing available from these photos was body language, but that was enough for the thugs to instantly identify the true victims as well as the people they would not risk a confrontation with.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:10 am

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Whom did they choose as victims? Gender, size, and age were surprisingly not the keys. Instead, they looked for people who shuffled along, head down, avoiding eye contact, unaware of their surroundings (Condition White).


In contrast, they avoided choosing people, even small females, if they were alert, confident, head up, and looked like they knew what was going on around them (Condition Yellow). Remember what he really wants. He wants to get to you, get what he wants from you, and get away from you, without being hurt or caught.

There are signs that you are being evaluated by a potential attacker. They include:


1. Anyone who appears to be watching you should be viewed with mild alarm. If every time you look up, the same guy is looking at you, ask yourself, “Why?”.

2. Anyone who is inactive until you approach, then tries to look busy;

3. Anyone whose activity is geared to yours. You speed up, he speeds up, etc.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:11 am

POSITIONING-

Once a criminal selects a victim, he must move into a position from which an attack is possible. Always remember that to assault, rob, or rape you, he must be close enough to talk to you.


He will attempt to maneuver into this position by stealth (which is defeated by being alert), or by ruse. He may ask you for the time, for change, for directions, anything to distract you and preferably cause you to look away from him. When you look away, here comes the blow!


The best course of action is to politely refuse any request, no matter what it is. Keep your eye on him and say, “No”. Anything you agree to is the springboard for the next request, which then escalates to demands. Just say “No”.

Positioning prior to the assault is vital to him, as he relies almost totally on surprise for success. If you avoid his attempts to properly position himself, you forestall the attack. Be alert and watchful for these cues:

1. Anyone who falls in behind you after you walk by;

2. Two or more people who are together, but split up as you approach;

3. Anyone staying in one place, observing, but begins to move toward you;

4. Two or more people lined up along a wall or fence; or


5. Anyone who moves to block an exit after you enter a confined space.

If you see one of these cues, cross the street, change directions, turn a corner. If he alters his course to match yours, he has tipped his hand. Go to Orange and start planning an escape or response.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby gmattson » Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:42 pm

Excellent advice, Van.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:48 pm

Thanks George...
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:57 pm

Always keep in mind that the 'supposed' effectiveness [stoppage or evasion] of any technique/any style you practice, regardless of 'style reputation'...will always be dependent on the type of opponent and situation facing you at any given time.

If go on thinking you are 'safe' because of what you think you know, and stick around to take on opponents you have no chance of prevailing...especially if you don't have a 'continuum' available...
you will end up very badly.

Be sure to read and internalize what Tom Givens writes as to potential opponents...such as Biker groups, as an example.

Once on a family trip to Rockport/Sunday afternoon...that beautiful town was inundated by a non ending stream of rough looking bikers roaming about, with some of them intimidating people, insulting women/mothers and bullying in general.

Despite any prowess you may think you possess, I very much doubt any general practitioner would be able to defend himself against one of those huge mean bikers.

And it also goes to what image you project to potential opponents anywhere confrontations may take place.

Many people are attacked simply because of what they appear to be to punks looking for trouble.


And many are attacked because they reminded an attacker of someone he hated for one reason or another.

We have had this happen to a number of Uechi brothers who were befuddled by attacks coming out of nowhere for no reason they could explain...some I have reported here on the forum.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:59 pm

This is so true
"Surprise happens so often that it's surprising that we're surprised by it."
- Paul Wolfowitz
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:25 pm

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Sociopaths:

These ANIMALS are born without or fail to develop (because of abuse) any sort of empathy for their fellow man. They not only feel nothing when inflicting pain, but IF it brings them sexual pleasure they may do so anytime or anywhere.


There will be no "cues." The serial killer may be a sociopath, but likely his other symptoms are not such as would inhibit him from interacting with "normal" folks socially... like in a daily work situation.

Some are so disconnected from reality they can't hold a job at any level. Society quickly detects these.

But folks like the infamous and now deceased serial killer Ted Bundy are winsome and charming and you may like hanging out with a guy like this, at first. But most folks will eventually get a clue that there is something... just WRONG.

It may be too late at that point, especially if you belong to the target group. But there will be no attack indicators with a sociopath.

What this means of course is that for folks you don't know very well be polite; be professional but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.

Be prepared to implement such plan instantly. If you run into a sociopath (highly unlikely unless you're a part of a target population) and he goes for you, you'll be behind the power curve from the start.

But react as if you'd been caught in a near ambush with an immediate action drill.

EXTREME violence in instant response may well put this sort of wolf off balance and allow you to either escape or finish him.


The most difficult part for any martial artist is to get over the 'hesitation stage' so well presented in the works of Rory Miller...and so difficult to overcome.
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