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Do You Have Bad Intentions?

Welcome Back!

Jim West was recently at our studio to provide some expert instruction on a few new weapon projects. As expected, we had a great time. Jim has a way of tossing out nuggets of combat wisdom in passing that really stick with you. Here’s one thing he brought up that many of us don’t give enough thought to:

“Bad Intentions”

Jim pointed out that in a life or death self-defense situation, you MUST have bad intentions. If you aren’t mentally prepared to hurt your attacker, you are much less likely to survive. The survival mindset is an aggressive one.

For Jim, it’s about flipping the switch from polite citizen to “ass kicking” mode as quickly as possible. How fast can you make the switch? Seriously, think about that for a minute…

Most of us grew up being told we have to be kind to others… and we should. Most of us were scolded for hitting others at a young age… also a good thing. Because of our parent’s strong values and guidance we developed into kind and respectful citizens.

Here’s the Problem…

If kindness and respect are your norms, how do you “flip the switch?” For some, it’s very difficult and can take a second or two. For others, they just can’t seem to make the switch. Why is it so difficult for us? We are conditioned to be non-violent. Criminals expect good victims, and for the most part, people are. The criminal’s instinct is to take what they want through intimidation, deception, and violence. Ours is to earn what we want through honest, hard work.

In the critical few moments leading up to physical contact, most of us are looking for ways to de-escalate the situation, or are simply paralyzed by fear (or an ingrained hesitancy to hurt another human being). All this works to the criminal’s advantage.

So You MUST Be Proactive

If you wait for a life-threatening situation to decide what to do, you are leaving too much up to chance. You must decide ahead of time where your “line in the sand” is. And if it’s crossed, how far will you go?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How dirty will you fight?
  2. Are you out for blood?
  3. Will you wait to be hit first?

Don’t Get Me Wrong

I’m not suggesting you fly off the handle at the slightest chance of a conflict. But when trouble comes knocking, you’d better be mentally prepared to take care of the problem and resolve yourself to do what you think is necessary.

Keep in mind hundreds, if not thousands of people have been killed with just one punch. So, as far as I’m concerned, there are no “little scuffles” in the street. This isn’t the playground. A grown man trying to hit me IS life threatening, every time. When you engage you must truly intend on hurting the person. You can’t fake it.

Aggression and self-preservation are basic animal instincts. Use them. If you are simply defending (as in, only using defensive moves) your attacker will likely keep at it, until he has worn you down. Your defense has to hurt him. It must have those bad intentions.

The Reality Is This

With the exception of a skilled counter-fighter, aggressors control the encounter. If you willingly let the attacker maintain his role as the leader in the encounter you are leaving too much up to chance. Hoping he’ll give up, hoping somebody will come to the rescue, hoping he won’t hurt you too bad, or hoping he’ll leave your family alone.

Don’t hope… ACT. We’ve talked about mindset before and this won’t be the last time we talk about it. But I think Jim West has a unique and valuable way of looking at this issue, that may resonate in a different way than some of our previous articles.

What Do You Think?

When trouble comes, will you have the strength to flip the switch? Let me know in the comments below!

For a safe life…

Dean Horine, Special Projects

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565 thoughts on “Do You Have Bad Intentions?”

  1. Such great advice from a obviously skilled individual. I have always been able somehow de-escalate the situation. But I know something will pop off that my clever tongue won’t be enough. I hope to learn enough from you guys that I will be able to handle the situation violently if I have to. Thank you for the knowledge

  2. I don’t walk in fear or worry about it coming.I am not only mentally prepared for trouble, I don’t want it to come, don’t worry about it. I am prepared to do what it takes to win, not just let blood, but to win. If I get to a point that there is no aggression towards me I, I stop. I will not think about losing and I will not allow it, I will go as far as I need to, to protect me, my wife and what I have at all cost. You have to believe that it is you against the problem and forget everything else you must concentrate with everything. I am not a great fighter and I know I will take a few hits, I just have to be sure they are small hits and prepare to strike back. You have to have confidence in yourself, the first fight is mental you must be sure in your mind that you will or be willing to give all to win the fight. A lot of people who are out causing trouble are not willing to go the distance, if you out last or are meaner than them you win.You must react swiftly and strike fast and have a target in mind, and a second target if the first moves

  3. Being a woman means that you have to be more ready, after all we are the weaker sex. This sounds like I worry constantly but I dont, I do think about what could happen any time I’m walking to my car, leaving the grocery store, or anytime I could be surprised. I just pay attention to my surroundings and tell my self to expect something to happen, it keeps my guard up and I dont have to flip the switch, I’m just ready

  4. I am enjoying your articles and blogs. I decided months ago to start preparing for what I believe is coming. Your articles and blogs for helping me find tune my preparedness for when someone comes to hurt my self or my family. Yes I think I can flip the switch

  5. It’s good to be kind to rational people who are oriented to human life and its requirements inhuman relations. Being kind to all others is an act of possibly unwarranted charity, although charity is usually warranted. When charity isn’t warranted, flip the switch at once and kick ass. It’s not hard to flip the switch.

  6. I am a nam vet disable but if confronted I will come with blood in eyes. It is kinda hard at times with all my disabled body parts. My mother a southern woman taught me to fight at a very young age and being special forces helped.

  7. Being a Marine it is easy to have the mind set. I really pity the person that wants some of me because he will get all of me.

  8. It’s always been my life before anyone else.. at a young age I was boxing.. kickboxing and several mixed martial arts. Hell I was born to fight. I’m only 160 lbs 5’10” and never been scared of anyone. Thought that would be the death of me but I’m still breathing and kicking ass.!!Jerry Robertson

  9. I agree with the matter; the victim is the criminal’s prey, reverting to counter attack is the attitude that wins the aggressor. 👊🇧🇷🕵️ SELVA

  10. In today’s world, one cannot be “overprepared” things happen fast and usually without rhyme or reason. I am working hard to always aware, and in the event it is needed, capable.

  11. That’s a great philosophy well spoken. Being really skinny at the time, I used to be bullied in elementary school, until I learned just what you’ve said. I learned to hit the agreesor as hard as I could. That worked just about every single time. Of course, that was in the school yard, so it was a little difficult for me to run home. The key is, that guy or those guys never bothered me again because I hit too hard. In another instance, I was doing some clean up work in the church parking lot. This stranger kid walked up to me, being all nice. All of a sudden, he hit me and ran. I instinctively picked up a nearby stick and threw it at him, hitting him upside his head. He screamed bloody murder. He didn’t bother me again either. My switch flipped. I truly had bad intentions. I just got tired of being picked on. And that’s stayed with me ever since. Yet, at the same time, most people know me as a heck of a nice guy…who you don’t want to mess with. A big guy now, I’m no longer skinny either. Thanks for that great advice!!!!!!!

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