How to Avoid Getting Knocked Out

How to Avoid Getting Knocked Out

How to Avoid Getting Knocked Out

Even though it’s already been in the news for weeks, it still seems like you can’t turn on your TV without hearing about the latest victim of the “Knockout Game.” In fact, I was in California over the weekend doing a seminar when someone told me it had recently happened to a man in his 40’s.

Obviously, this is a horrible trend and it’s great to hear about the cases where the victims have fought back and been able to defend themselves. But what I want to quickly cover today is how you can protect yourself from becoming a victim of this game in the first place.

The fact is, there are several “pre-incident indicators” that criminals do to alert you that something bad is about to happen. In other words, in many of these cases (not all of them) if the person had been more aware they may have been able to prevent the attack.

The first pre-incident indicator is people staring at you too much. Criminals stare at you way too long when they’ve targeted you for an attack. If you see a group of youth staring at you way too hard as they’re approaching you, then immediately cross the street or go somewhere else.

In fact, a major problem with society is that we’ve all been brainwashed about not making others uncomfortable and being over-polite. What I mean is, if you saw a group of youth walking towards you and you had the bad feeling in your stomach, a lot of people would be afraid to quickly cross the street for fear of offending the youth or looking awkward.

In these situations you need to forget what society wants you to do and you need to trust your instincts and not care if it looks weird if you turn the other way or quickly dip into a store or building.

The second pre-incident indicator is that criminals match your pacing. So if you’re walking on one side of the road and you see a group on the other side that seems to be matching your walking speed and then they start making their way towards you, be aware. Only people with evil intent will match your pace.

The final pre-incident indicator I want to cover is “distraction.” Criminals will try and distract you before they knock you out or rob you. In one of the cases I read about, a kid asked a man for a cigarette and as the man reached for the cigarette the kid punched him out.

If someone comes up to you, try and keep your distance as much as possible, quickly glance around you and then keep your eyes on them and their hands. In fact, a few weeks ago I was walking out of the grocery store when a woman started approaching me. It was clear she was coming right at me so I stopped before she got too close and said “hello.” She proceeded to ask me if she could have a ride somewhere. Since this is clearly an odd request I quickly checked behind me and around me to make sure it wasn’t a set up. I told the woman I wouldn’t be able to give her a ride and thankfully that was it and nothing else happened.

But what it all boils down to is this: Maintain your situational awareness at all times and keep your head up to watch out for these pre-incident indicators. Hopefully you’ll never find yourself getting attacked by a group of youth, but it seems that many people in society are becoming less civilized as each day passes.

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  • Bob Hausleiter

    Our Karate instructor used to always say: assume the attitude of the predator, not the prey

  • Chris Buffalo

    So I’m not sure this is appropriate to say. And I know that God won’t approve of it. But I’m kinda looking forward to the first time one of these scum bags get really hurt after attacking the wrong guy.

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  • Will

    This whole “Knockout Game” thing is nothing but lamestream liberal media hype to get ratings. Youre more likely to get killed by a corrupt cop. Im sick of the media making things up and trying to convince everyone that America is more dangerous than it really is. The UK has FOUR TIMES the violent crime as the USA. Our gun ownership keeps us safe. The Knockout Game is a myth, it wasnt until the media started promoting it that there were any real instances. The media created it.

    • Ed

      1st thing I thought too!

    • Jim Kuhn

      Will, are you familiar with the Boy Scout Motto? It never hurts to “Be Prepared”….and this is NOT made up be the media…I was a victim of this same type of activity many years ago…distracted by a kid asking for a light, focused on him, and got blindsided…it was broad day light, on a busy street…they did it just for the fun of it. Didn’t try to rob me, or anything…and yes, they were black. So, from personal experience, YES, IT IS REAL and it can happen to YOU!

    • jamohio

      The media have only recently been reporting on this and they still don’t like to give the race of the attackers!!

    • Steve Howard

      Myth?

      That our current pResident is super smart, yeah that’s a myth. Sasquatch lives in the Ocala National Forest, also a myth. But this isn’t a myth, and with the mounting video evidence that supports it, I’m sort of surprised someone on this site would believe that. It has actually been going on, long before the idiots on TV got a hold of it. I would believe there are more copycats now that there is video, but this isn’t a myth in total.

    • mooschy

      Welcome to fantasy island fool there are hundreds od videos on the web showing 99.99 % of these crimes being done by racist black kids, wake up and watch your back or you’ll be a victim.

    • lee

      you must be in a cave Will if you don,t believe that is happing all over the country

  • Billy Torry

    It would be more to the point if you replaced the word “YOUTH” with “NIGGERS”……because NIGGERS are the ones who’s been doing this and you damn well know it. In you article you say to “forget what society wants us to do”…………..That’s a good idea……So call them what they are…….NIGGERS!

    • Cobrawing

      “Billy” . . . you really have missed the point Jason (the author) was trying to make. The point is ANYONE can potentially be a predator. You very foolishly place yourself at a great disadvantage of readiness if you presume someone of dark skin is pretty much what you need to fear. That would be a terrible tactical mistake on your part because as Jason and so many authors have stated “anyone” can be a predator. You need to be in a state of tactical readiness for anyone and everyone who could pose a problem.

      Sure, those who look like thugs present an easier case for readiness, but your post specifically wants us to replace the word YOUTH for your N-word. I would say ANYONE (not just youth or minorities) who gives you any cause or pause for uneasiness deserves equal attention and readiness.

      Finally, Billy . . . we have a large and growing number of minorities who wear the uniform and who are out there policing and protecting our communities now. Many are here on this site. I don’t think they will take kindly to your bigotry and I’m hoping Luke here at USACarry agrees. I’m sure you can continue to post in a not so inflaming manner. No, I’m not trying to take away your 1st Amendment rights . . . simply trying to foster an atmosphere where we don’t degrade others in the process of your rights getting expressed.

      • RedRiverD

        Dear CoBawing; I undertand fully your comments, however, and not being prejudiced in ANY way, most of the time and any situation I have heard or read about, it IS BLACK youths that are doing this. I do NOT mean to be racial here either, however, facts are facts and call it racial profiling or what ever else makes you comfortable, but if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck then in almost every case it IS A DUCK…..
        I just feel sorry for ALL of the black people out there that get blamed for things that others have created for them…… Not ALL blacks, hispanics or whites are bad. But as the old saying goes, one bad apple CAN spoil the whole crate…..

        • Cobrawing

          Hi Red. I sense you are head and shoulders more intelligent than the last person I responded to so I don’t find a need to repeat anything I said to him. I will suggest to you that you may have the phrase you quoted a bit backward. One bad apple does NOT spoil the whole crate. In fact, you said it yourself when you said you felt sorry for ALL of the black people out there that get blamed for things that others have created for them.

          Well “Red” if that the case then what you said next CAN’T be true. You said, one bad apple CAN spoil the whole crate. Well, I don’t think one bad American spoils ALL Americans and I think you’ll stand with me in agreement that we are stronger than that. Good chatting with ya!

          • RedRiverD

            How utterly fascinating chatting with an intelligent person on one of these rant and rave sights.
            You too are obviously one of the more educated, intelligent people that pay attention to these important issues an have some REAL WORLD reactions and comments for others to learn from.
            Thanks for the comments.

          • Cobrawing

            Good chattin’ with ya Red and good shootin’ !

      • romney2011

        Cobowing, I suspect you ate too much P.C. at the diner. If anyone at all is profiling (and they are), it is the young blacks, and they are sorting out whites, women, weaker white males. And there is this…..the profiling the blacks do ends up brutalizing and sometimes killing someone. If I profiled every black young man and I was right sometime and wrong sometime. What’s the worst? God, man put your brain in gear. For me, I will profile or use common sense. Screw P.C. and this damn murdering socialist muslim government. Proud to say, if anyone says they practice Islam they are my enemy and soon there will be war. I hope to earn lots of “points”. Islam is a murdering, raping, beheading, lying, intolerant, evil non-religion intending to kill anyone NOT muslim.

        • Cobrawing

          Hi Romo. You didn’t get to see the post that triggered all of this because Luke from USACarry very correctly agreed with me in removing it. I suppose you have a similar issue with Luke as well huh? As I stated in my response . . . it’s not so much what you say but HOW you say things and that’s NOT always being politically correct when we go that way. It’s being tactically smart.

          Absolutely, it is predominately Black youth that are engaging in the practice. Never said that wasn’t the case. However, the post that was left was little more than an N-word juvenile tirade that was intended to inflame emotions in weak minded people rather than address the problem. I’m sure YOU would have loved it! It clearly also missed the point that Jason was making, which was you have to be prepared for ANYONE to be a potential problem and that is why Jason even used the example of being on guard of a female.

          Finally, you seem to be “using” Jason’s topic here to express your trembling fear of Muslims. Well, OK . . . I’m not hardly Muslim. I’m a red blooded American who stands proudly in fear of no one. I proudly served three tours in ‘Nam. It’s sad to see fellow American’s who live in trembling fear. The phrase “these colors don’t run” means something to me. I hope you one day loose your fear and learn to stand a little stronger in being proud of what YOU are, instead of being terrified of what someone else is.

          • RedRiverD

            Cobrawing is EXACTLY correct in that it is YOUR responsibility to KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS and not get into a questionable situation. Sometimes that is unavoidable, BUT if you use what God gave you (your brain) you can usually and most all of the time avoid a dangerous situation. I know that I have several times and sometimes it just means to drive around the block or go back the way you came for a while until the “danger” passes or moves on…..
            I have ALWAYS taught my kids, especially daughters, to be OBSERVANT at ALL times and watch your six and stay away from potentially dangerous dark allies and walkways alone…..
            So far so good.

          • Cobrawing

            Very well said RedRiver! Old timers like us seem to have a good sense of survival through plain old fashioned common sense.

          • Elenor

            “Absolutely, it is predominately Black youth that are engaging in the practice. Never said that wasn’t the case.”

            {sigh} Yeah, but Jason did: “group of youth staring… offending the youth…” Nowhere did he mention that the criminals playing this “game” are black. It’s a black game, not a white (or Asian or race-neutral) game! If even we supposed-realists are unwilling to be absolutely CLEAR about what type of assault we need to be on the look-out for — then shame on us!

            Wanna bet any black LEOs on this site ALSO know (and are probably more willing to say openly) that “Knockout” — or to use its other name: “the Polar Bear game” (and guess why THAT color bear is singled out!) is *almost without exception* a black-on-white crime? Who is pretending here?

            I’m kinda hearing echoes that that “request” (attempted social blackmail) to get some newspaper to stop printing the race of criminals because it “reflects badly on the black community” No — the LEVEL OF CRIME COMMITTED BY BLACKS reflects badly on the black community! If the black community chooses not to take responsibility for the actions of their racial kin, it’s certainly not up to members of other racial groups to ‘coddle’ them over it! The Polar Bear game is black-on-white assaults — stop pretending it’s not!

          • Cobrawing

            Hi Elenor! Can’t disagree with what you’ve said. In fact, it is absolutely true that this is indeed a Black on White crime. No where in this discussion has that ever been disputed by anyone. What brought about the controversy was the single post that Luke from USACarry totally agreed was grossly inappropriate to the discussion and Luke properly removed it. In that post, the author engaged in juvenile “N-Word” rant that clearly sought to fan flames. None of us (of any color) are here for that. Hopefully, that includes you.

          • lee

            if i see more than one teen are early 20s and are black i am going to be watching very close i don,t trust any black its not because am a racist but because they commit the most crime i will try and walk away from them but if they don,t i will shoot

          • Cobrawing

            So let me see if I got this right . . . you don’t trust “any black” (your words, not mine). I presume you then wouldn’t trust any black officer who responded to your call for help? If one of your lab results at a hospital were conducted by a black you wouldn’t trust those results either huh? If just one of the teachers at your kids school was black, you wouldn’t trust their teachings either huh? Finally, apparently you are also saying if a group of blacks were walking toward you, you would walk away from them but if you couldn’t you’d simply shoot? . . . But you want us to know you’re NOT a racist (as you claimed above). Have I got this right?

  • blogengeezer

    When situational awareness goes from White to Yellow, go Orange, prep for Red to avoid situation Black. As mentioned by Bob, assume the ‘Attitude’ of the Predator. Keep your eyes on them. From experience… It Works.

  • dave

    This is an almost nightly occurrence out here in Denver. Downing street Light Rail station. Black punks beating (mostly) old white folks, men and women. The buzz is cops are doing zip about it. And that isn’t the only place it’s happening. LE doesn’t seem to want to touch this crime. Apparently, the Po-lice will let this continue until some vigilante starts to clean it up – and then put every man they have on arresting that guy.

  • Elmer Fudd

    WARNING: Clever Scam – taking advantage of older men

    Women
    often receive warnings about protecting themselves at the mall and in
    dark parking lots, etc. This is the first warning I have seen for men. I
    wanted to pass it on in case you haven’t heard about it. This will only
    become more commonplace as the weather warms.

    A ‘heads up’ for those men who may be regular Lowe’s, Home Depot, or Costco customers. This one caught me by surprise.

    Over
    the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping.
    Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic.
    Don’t be naive enough to think it couldn’t happen to you or your
    friends.

    Here’s how the scam works: Two seriously good-looking
    20-something girls come over to your car as you are packing your
    shopping into the trunk. They both start wiping your windshield with a
    rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy
    T-shirts. It is impossible not to look. When you thank them and offer
    them a tip, they say ‘No’ and instead ask you for a ride to McDonalds..

    You
    agree and they get into the back seat. On the way, they start
    undressing. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat and starts
    crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet. I had my
    wallet stolen September 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th,
    24th, & 29th. Also October 1st & 4th, twice on the 8th, 16th,
    23rd, 26th & 28th, three times last Monday and very likely again
    this upcoming weekend.

    So tell your friends to be careful. What a horrible way to take advantage of older men. Warn your friends to be vigilant.

    Wal-Mart
    has wallets on sale for $2.99 each. I found cheaper ones for $1.99 at
    K- Mart and bought them out. Also, you never will get to eat at
    McDonalds. I’ve already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth to
    Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Costco.

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    How to Avoid Getting Knocked Out

    January 27, 2014 | by Jason Hanson

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    How to Avoid Getting Knocked Out

    Even though it’s already been in the news for weeks, it still seems
    like you can’t turn on your TV without hearing about the latest victim
    of the “Knockout Game.” In fact, I was in California over the weekend
    doing a seminar when someone told me it had recently happened to a man
    in his 40’s.

    Obviously, this is a horrible trend and it’s great to hear about the
    cases where the victims have fought back and been able to defend
    themselves. But what I want to quickly cover today is how you can
    protect yourself from becoming a victim of this game in the first place.

    The fact is, there are several “pre-incident indicators” that
    criminals do to alert you that something bad is about to happen. In
    other words, in many of these cases (not all of them) if the person had
    been more aware they may have been able to prevent the attack.

    The first pre-incident indicator is people staring at you too much.
    Criminals stare at you way too long when they’ve targeted you for an
    attack. If you see a group of youth staring at you way too hard as
    they’re approaching you, then immediately cross the street or go
    somewhere else.

    In fact, a major problem with society is that we’ve all been
    brainwashed about not making others uncomfortable and being over-polite.
    What I mean is, if you saw a group of youth walking towards you and you
    had the bad feeling in your stomach, a lot of people would be afraid to
    quickly cross the street for fear of offending the youth or looking
    awkward.

    In these situations you need to forget what society wants you to do
    and you need to trust your instincts and not care if it looks weird if
    you turn the other way or quickly dip into a store or building.

    The second pre-incident indicator is that criminals match your
    pacing. So if you’re walking on one side of the road and you see a group
    on the other side that seems to be matching your walking speed and then
    they start making their way towards you, be aware. Only people with
    evil intent will match your pace.

    The final pre-incident indicator I want to cover is “distraction.”
    Criminals will try and distract you before they knock you out or rob
    you. In one of the cases I read about, a kid asked a man for a cigarette
    and as the man reached for the cigarette the kid punched him out.

    If someone comes up to you, try and keep your distance as much as
    possible, quickly glance around you and then keep your eyes on them and
    their hands. In fact, a few weeks ago I was walking out of the grocery
    store when a woman started approaching me. It was clear she was coming
    right at me so I stopped before she got too close and said “hello.” She
    proceeded to ask me if she could have a ride somewhere. Since this is
    clearly an odd request I quickly checked behind me and around me to make
    sure it wasn’t a set up. I told the woman I wouldn’t be able to give
    her a ride and thankfully that was it and nothing else happened.

    But what it all boils down to is this: Maintain your situational
    awareness at all times and keep your head up to watch out for these
    pre-incident indicators. Hopefully you’ll never find yourself getting
    attacked by a group of youth, but it seems that many people in society
    are becoming less civilized as each day passes.

    About Jason Hanson
    Jason Hanson
    is a former CIA Officer and author of The Covert Guide to Concealed
    Carry. He is also the creator of the Ultimate Concealed Carry
    Experience, which allows you to take your concealed carry training
    without leaving home. For full details about this training, please visit
    Concealed Carry Academy. You can also follow him on Google+ and Twitter.

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  • Dave

    Bad guys
    ask themselves two questions before engaging someone violently, “can I
    take them” and “can I get away with it.” We in the business of law
    enforcement employ a technique called “behavioral
    profiling” that is, we evaluate ones actions against our internal catalog
    of what is normal behavior. This helps us predict ones actions,
    propensities and possible intentions. Likewise, law enforcement
    professionals develop a catalog of criminal behavior as well. This helps
    police raise their awareness and heighten their security measures when
    confronting a potential threat. This technique is often conducted
    subconsciously by the average citizen however they are usually in denial of the
    pending danger and don’t react accordingly. Call it “Spidy
    Sense” you/me/we need to listen to our internal danger meter, change
    our security posture when ones actions warrant it, and take away the bad guys
    confidence in whether they can “take you” or “get away with it” Don’t be a
    sheep! Be safe!

    Dave

    Sights On
    Solutions~

    • mooschy

      Good answer officer, be safe.

    • This must be some sort of natural and universal reaction that is found in the animal world as well as in humankind. Hunters in Wyoming sometimes wonder how the antelope know when hunting season opens. They probably don’t know they just see humans acting differently that day, i.e,, not normal. They take that as a danger sign and suddenly you can’t find them.

      We humans lost touch with the natural world we used to live in before we became civilized and we need to reconnect with it to stay safe. Because some of us didn’t get civilized.

  • RedRiverD

    Thank you OBOZO for these types of problems……

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