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Defensive Tactics

"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat" - Sun Tzu


Defensive Tactics is not martial arts or self-defense, it is an action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end: control, avoidance, or survival of a deadly life or death situations.

Defensive Tactics

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of tactics: b: the art or skill of employing available means to accomplish an end.

Here is good example of what Defensive Tactics is all about. It was culled from Our Daily Bread article Keep Calm and Carry On by Jennifer Benson Schuldt

“‘Keep calm and call mom.’ ‘Keep calm and eat the bacon.’ ‘Keep calm and put the kettle.’ These sayings originate from the phrase: Keep Calm and Carry On. This message first appeared in Great Britain as World War II began in 1939. British officials printed it on posters designed to offset the panic and discouragement during the war.” - Our Daily Bread.

That, folks, is a very forward explanation of Defensive Tactics. Defensive Tactics is not self-defense nor martial art, but they do play a big role in the development of your defensive skills. The articles written in our vigilance, unarmed defense, gun safety, situational awareness, etc are all part of Defensive Tactics.

Fps-3: A near stampede in a movie house

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Note: Fps is first person singular

My wife and I were watching the movie "National Treasure" in an almost jam-packed theater. As the movie started to play somebody in the audience shouted at the top of his voice "FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! I heard a terrifying rumble as the moviegoers all roused from their seats at the same time and started to dash towards the exit doors. The theater lights were turned on and I, too, was gripped by fear. In about a second or two, and without trying to assess what's happening, I shouted at the top of my voice: NO FIRE! NO FIRE! CALM DOWN! while restraining my wife from standing up. All the moviegoers (balcony) stopped and looked at me, probably waiting for a cue or just watching my behavior. Although I was really scared about what was really going on, I tried my best to keep calm in order not to worsen the situation. Then, with a loud, slow and low vocal tone, which I deliberately executed, I asked the moviegoers to get out of the theater in an orderly fashion, as there was actually no threat. Lots of moviegoers got out even if they saw neither smoke nor fire.

Note: About 10 seconds later I realized there was really no fire. Fire is usually preceded by a burning smell then smoke, then flame. Get out immediately of the building when you smell burning wire (burn one short electrical wire to be familiar with its smell) or any flammable material.
In theaters, never inform the moviegoers that you smell something burning because it can cause a stampede and you will be at fault later in case there really was no fire about to break out. Get out of the building as soon and as far as possible BUT inform the security guards FIRST, of what caused you to get out. It is their job to inform and supervise the moviegoers to come out of the building safely since movie houses train their personnel for the safe, emergency evacuation of people.

After the incident, I realized that probably, the jerk just wanted to get a seat.

If you don't panic, your chance of surviving a stampede inside a movie house is higher because the seats offer some protection against stampede. Dive down under the seat as some people will jump over the seats while rushing out. If there is indeed a fire, "... the fire can become life-threatening in just two minutes, and In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames." That condition is for homes, I don't know the time element in a movie house. In case of a fire in a theater, keep calm and crawl on your escape - under the seats, if there is ample space - to keep you from being crushed by the stampede. Further, the air, 6 inches above the floor, has enough uncontaminated air essential to your survival.

Always remember this: "Fear is natural, panic is uncontrolled fear."

From South Asian Disaster Knowledge Network:.“It does not take many people to produce deadly force. If you've been in such situation, you can't keep your feet on the ground and cannot control where you move. You can just try to keep your balance. Crowd forces can reach levels that almost impossible to resist or control. Virtually all crowd deaths are due to compressive asphyxia and not the "trampling" reported by the news media. Evidence of bent steel railings after several fatal crowd incidents show that extent of forces. Forces are due to pushing, and the domino effect of people leaning against each other.
Compressive asphyxia has occurred from people being stacked up vertically, one on top of the other, or horizontal pushing and leaning forces. In the Brix Park soccer stadium incident, police reported that the pile of bodies was 3 m (10 feet) high. At this height, people on the bottom would experience chest pressures assuming half the weight of those above was concentrated in the upper body area.
Horizontal forces sufficient to cause compressive asphyxia would be more dynamic as people push off against each other to obtain breathing space. In the Cincinnati rock concert incident, a line of bodies was found approximately 9 m (30 ft) from a wall near the entrance. This indicates that crowd pressures probably came from both directions as rear ranks pressed forward and front ranks pushed off the wall.”

Always take a mental note of what color of clothes your children are wearing.

Before you leave home, always take a mental note of what color of clothes your spouse, especially your children, are wearing and remember them very well. It will help you identify your children or wife or husband even with their backs turned on you in a crowded places like malls, market places, etc. Buy inexpensive kid trackers for your children. The GPS type cost about $40, while the bluetooth, good up to 40ft indoors and 60ft outdoor, cost about $10.