Here is something sobering from the famous writer and safety instructor, Jim Grover:
Now in order for this to carry more impact, please keep in mind what happened to our beloved Clarence Wilder:
The question: A snarling punk was able to cut you off and isolate you, much to your regret.
His gun is pointed at you a few feet away, your legs go numb when he spits out the words “ give me your money you f** face “
Do you comply or do you fight back? Careful with your answer! Not that easy!
Jim makes the point that most people [including martial artists-my opinion] will look for a logical A=b=c- answer, such as well give him the wallet and he will let you walk away!
A case I investigated years back involved a woman cashier in a protective cage, with its door propped open in safety violation because the air conditioning was not working!
In walks a stone cold killer with a sawed off shotgun and terrorizes her with loud profane language sending her cowering in a fetal position under a steel desk! He drags her out with animalistic stomps and hair pulling and yells “Open up the F** safe you F** C**”
She does with him behind her, and as soon as the safe door opens up, he jabs the shotgun into the back of her neck and pulls the trigger sending pieces of skull and brains and hair all over the safe!
So Jim Grover says that violent, physical attack, OR a robbery is not as logical as engineering!
But guess how many of you really believe this, especially you martial artists, fond of prearranged kumite` and the like for your Dan test!
Jim brings to the fore that the psychopathic human element plus the influence of drugs and booze will create a very unstable situation! Robberies recorded on surveillance cameras show that shooting the victim may be a total afterthought “ I shot him/her to see what it would feel like “ ___ or firearms mishandling and Sympathetic muscle tightening activating the trigger!
He goes on to say that The “afterthought” shooting is troubling because the perp started off with the intent to rob, then as he realized how easy it was and he could get away with it, he chose to shoot to kill!
He says that 100% compliance is no guarantee of getting out alive!
Think about that moment of terror after you give him the money and you just stand there immobilized by fear, your bladder about to empty, subconsciously waiting for him to give you the decision over your life or death; that PREGNANT PAUSE frozen in eternity! Will he shoot? How will you get out of this in one piece, will you turn your back and run expecting a bullet in your back? Will you start begging for your life? You tell him you are a nice man/woman who never “hurt nobody” that your kids and your wife need you at home etc.??
Does this grab your attention?? Do you want to discuss it? Bet you got all the answers, right? Right down to all your techniques you are already envisioning thinking they will magically appear out of the kata and that your body will let you do at that moment!
What do you think went through Clarence’s mind when he was faced with the punk with the gun?? What do you think will go through your head??
[This message has been edited by Van Canna (edited 09-03-99).]