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Do You Have Bad Intentions?

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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:

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“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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662 thoughts on “Do You Have Bad Intentions?”

  1. What jim said is very true. I can and will flip the switch. My line in the sand is my life , and the lives of my you want to live or die? What will happen to your family with out you?

  2. In these troubling times and at my age I firmly believe in “tried by 12 not carried by 6” . I am an old warrior but still a warrior, my military training is old but needs to be refreshed and sharpened

  3. Never really thought about this much until I became homeless several years back. There really is no way to know which way you will act until the situation presents itself. I always thought I’d be the one to fight. But when the situation presented itself I tried to talk my way out of it. I really didn’t want to hurt anyone and, since my luck is like a bald man winning a comb, end up in prison for defending myself. This is something I know I have to work on.

  4. I carry, and yes I am mentally prepared to pull my weapon and use it to protect myself and my loved ones.

  5. I was born a free American and I guarantee you I will die a free American. Anyone threatens me or mine I will do what it takes to end that threat immediately including lethal force. I believe in the constitution and especially the 2nd Amendment. I`m the guy you don`t want to mess with because I`ll just think you made a bad choice and then shoot you in the face.

  6. Great article guys! Yes, we have to learn to ‘flip our switch’ if we’re going to survive a brutal attack. Keep up the great work!

  7. Thanks that’s all good advice. My last scuffle was with a dog vs little girl. I’m out in my yard and I heard her screaming help, save me! So I have a pistol in my pocket holster but I grabbed a 4’ metal pole as I ran out my gate. I found the about 4 houses down the street inside her yard. She is huddled in the corner of her fenced yard holding a bloody hand and screaming. The pit bull was jumping back and forth barking. Four people were standing on my side of the fence and yelling at the dog. Without hesitation I was over that fence and between the dog and her. I shoved the pole into the dogs mouth and pushed. He flipped over that ending the fight. A bystander gave me a rope so I tied the dog up. That screaming set off fight reflex in me.

  8. Let’s do this. The development of the warrior mentality should and must be the first point of order! I’M IN ! !

  9. It’s 100% about mindset! Of course, besides that, you should have knowledge and skills enough to know how to take an aggressor out. I’ve experienced that if you have the mindset, you can come out on top. Great advise!

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