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Disrupting the Victim Selection Process by an attacker

David Oakley is a registered Physical Intervention trainer & Fully qualified conflict management trainer

30 years study of martial arts and combative training on the pavement arena.

I have worked the doors for the last 15 years, so everything I teach has been pressure tested in real life situations


Recognize the intent of the abusive person's verbal attack behaviors.
The bully's intent is to determine if a physical attack on you is safe for them or not. In short, you are being 'interviewed 'for safe victim potential. The verbal attack and insults
and challenges are an 'interview" of you.


Disrupting the Victim Selection Process by an attacker

Human predators select their prey based on signals given off by their potential victims.

The predator acquires a sense of who is and isn't a suitable target. For every person who is a victim ten others are passed over.

The predator wants an easy target. He does not want his job to be any more difficult or hazardous than it has to be. He will seek out those he sees as weak, submissive and unlikely to fight back. He doesn't want any type of resistance or injury to himself. A sign of strength or assertiveness, is often sufficient to cause him to abandon the attack and look for an easier victim.

If they can help it, muggers or thugs don't pick fights with people who will pound them into the pavement! They won't select people who look like they will confront and challenge them. Rapists, muggers, abusers and bullies look for someone they can dominate and control with ease.

1. How you walk

People selected as victims can have an either abnormally short or long stride. They drag or shuffle their feet as they walk. Non-victims, on the other hand, tend to have a smooth, natural walk. walking from heel to toe.

2. Assertiveness when walking about

Victims tend to walk at a different rate than non-victims. Usually, they walk slower. Their movement lacks a sense of deliberateness or purpose. However, an unnaturally rapid pace can project nervousness or fear.

3. Body control

Awkwardness or lack of co-ordination in a victim's body movement. Wavering from side to side as they moved became apparent in all the victims who were analyzed. Compared with smoother, more coordinated movement of the non-victims.

4. Posture and eye contact

A slumped posture is a sign of weakness or being submissive. A downward gaze implies preoccupation and being unaware of one's surroundings.  Reluctant to establish eye contact can also be perceived as being scared or submissive. An ideal target for a predator.



Seven Tips That Can Help Keep You Safe

Many people are afraid to go out of the house alone, especially after dark, or they worry excessively about the safety of their children. Other are not concerned at all until something actually happens to them or a loved one.
Here are seven tips that can help keep you safer.
1. Be Aware!!!
Constant awareness of your environment is your best defense. Always be alert, whether you are in your car, on the street, or at home.
Have a plan of action
2. Play a mental "what if" game. Where would you go and what would you do should a dangerous situation occur?
3. Trust your instincts
Research shows that most assault victims had a feeling something was wrong just before they were attacked.
4. Take notice be aware if an acquaintance is suddenly paying unwanted attention to you.
More than half of all assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.
5. Keep your senses free. Don't wear radio headphones, large hats, or other devices that make it difficult for you to sense an attacker. Be alert at all times.
Yell "No" or ''Fire''   ( Research shows more people will run to assist with a call of fire) 
If someone accosts you, yell "No!" as loudly as you can. Don't yell "Help" or "Rape" because these words give the message: "I'm weak and helpless" a message that attackers feed upon. "No!" is powerful. In fact it has been proven that the word "No" is said to us hundreds of thousands of times in our lifetimes. When we hear "No" it actually causes a chemical reaction in our body.
Yell "I don't know this man"
Let bystanders know that you do not know the assailant so they don't mistake the attack for a domestic quarrel.

More Safety Tips

Stay alert – awareness is your best defence.
Leave venues with friends wherever possible.
Try to stay in well-lit areas.
Be confident – even if you don't feel it.
Travel as if you know where you are going.
Take the most direct route and try to stay within areas where other people are around.
Trust your instincts – if you think something is wrong then act on it.
Have your keys available when you reach your home or car.
Keep money for taxis – the expense is worth it.
Shout fire!

A knife in the hands of your attacker makes you the instant underdog and potential murder victim. Despite all the martial arts mythology and self protection experts, there is no completely real effective defense against a knife. 100 meter sprint is the only sure way of defending against a knife providing you are fit enough to out run your attacker. Anyone who tells you different is being irresponsible.

If you are confronted with a knife welding attacker and you can't run your best chance is to understand the psychology of the attacker.

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I Worked as a bouncer for 15 years and so understand what its like to fight for real. My attackers were the best tutors anyone could wish for, they made sure I never made a mistake and made me learn very fast. The knowledge I give you, may one day save your life. My classes cover many aspects of personnel safety. Experience the adrenaline drop for real and find out who you really are. The ugly truth of a violent attack.  The police won’t be there to help you when it comes to your survival, therefore, you are entirely on your own. If a violent predator targets you, what you do in the first moments of the encounter may decide if you live or die.

David Oakley is a registered Physical Intervention trainer & Fully qualified conflict management trainer


30 years study of martial arts and combative training on the pavement arena.

The most important thing when it comes to physical violence is do all that you can to avoid it. But when someone threatens your very existence you must be prepared to strike back with an attitude that dictates the outcome of the fight in your favor, your life will depend on it !

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