A difficulty with defensive training is the inability to gain experience for every conceivable scenario. Man is unpredictable and continues to show ingenuity in the methods of preying on the innocent. During my time in law enforcement, I constantly reviewed videos of colleagues around the country who had faced an attack and had either successfully or unsuccessfully came out of the fight in victory. What I looked for from these videos were:
- Defender’s pre-attack behavior. What was the demeanor of the defender? What awareness condition did they appear to be in? Did they invite attack or subconsciously broadcast their vulnerability to the attacker?
- Pre-attack clues. What was the attacker’s behavior? The physiological movements the attacker displayed before initiating it?
- Attacker’s action/response during the attack.
- Defender’s action/response during the attack.
- End of the attack. What did the defender do?
Video review training can also assist you in your practice and skill development. There are a number of instructors who post videos on skills for you to practice.
Your limitations on what videos you find and view are in your court. I have found that YouTube does have a wide selection. You may also find others on websites.
To get you started; here are some suggestions.
- Sage Dynamics has a wide selection of videos and I find Aaron excellent at explanation and demonstrations. You can find his series here: https://www.youtube.com/user/SageDynamics
- Personal Defense Network with Rob Pincus. Excellent videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/PersonalDefenseNet
- Active Self Protection with John. He reviews incidents that others have been through for the benefit of learning what you might do if met with a similar set of circumstances: https://www.youtube.com/c/ActiveSelfProtection
- The Law of Self Defense with Andrew Branca. Always excellent content: https://www.youtube.com/c/Lawofselfdefense
- Jerry Miculek is a world class shooter. He has a winsome and light-hearted way of addressing several topics in the shooting arts. A great view: https://www.youtube.com/c/MiculekDotCom
Video review training is a good way to supplement your knowledge and help you explore techniques which you may adopt or not. The important thing to remember is that you also need to practice physically, the skills with your handgun.
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”– Sun Tzu