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Street Combat – This Ain’t No Game! – Part 7 of 9, by Pat Cascio

Chapter Five

I NEVER THOUGHT… I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people on t.v. news programs crying and saying, “I never thought it could (or would) happen here.” Excuse me, is anyone out there? Violent crimes can and do happen, right where you never thought they would or could happen. You must be prepared for the unexpected. If you’re prepared for the unexpected, then it won’t be unexpected.

One of my students (a mother) objected to the fact that I was teaching gun and knife disarm techniques to her three children. Her children between six and eleven years old at the time. I informed this mother that as long as she and her kids were in my self-defense classes, I was going to teach them these techniques. One of my assistant instructors broke into the conversation at this point and drove my point home. He asked the woman where her children are most likely to be when attacked with a knife or gun. She answered, “They’d be at school.” Well, she just didn’t get it and didn’t come back to class for six weeks. I guess she was a slow “thinker”.

How many times have you heard news reports about kids getting shot or stabbed while at school? It’s been too many times, I’ll venture to say. Some of my younger students have become quite adept at disarming students who are their same size. Additionally, the younger students can often times disarm some of our adult students, if they act fast enough.

I believe, in a real-life street confrontation, it’s better to attempt a disarm technique than to submit and be killed like sheep going to slaughter. I hardly think a full-grown attacker would ever suspect that a child could take away their knife or gun. This gives my students the element of surprise!

The following pages drives home the point I’m trying to make. These are all real-life incidents that took place recently. I believe you’ll recall some of them after reading about the incidents.

Just in the past few weeks alone, I saw (or heard) a number of news reports about victims of violent crimes. I want to share some of them with you, in hopes that you won’t become a VICTIM!

Not to be cruel, but hey, wake up and smell the roses! This sort of thing happens all the time and in places where it’s least expected. We live in a violent world! These things must be expected at any time, at any place! This is a fact of life.

I want to quote from the book Shooting To Live [1], by Capts. W.E. Fairbairn and E.A. Sykes, (Paladin Press). The following comes from the publisher’s notes: “The streets were ruled by gangs. Violent gang wars, rape and robbery were the order of the day. The night belonged to roaming gangs of toughs.” This description aptly outlines life in any one of the major metropolitan areas of the United States. However, the quote above was describing Shanghai in the 1930’s. As much as we would like to believe we have become a civilized society, we have not! Nothing has changed. If anything, we have become more violent.

Always expect the unexpected. Be prepared to defend yourself at any time, any place, against anybody. Don’t think it “can’t happen here,” because it can (and does) happen every place!

You expect the above mentioned incidents (which are all true) to happen in South Central Los Angles; the west side of Chicago; Bronx, New York; and Miami, Florida. You don’t expect these sorts of crimes to take place in Hometown, USA.

Well, you’d better start preparing mentally and physically for these types of violent crimes. It is a fact of every day life. I don’t want to see you or your next-of-kin on the 6:00pm news saying, “I never thought it would happen here.”

I’m not asking anyone to “hole-up” and build a self-imposed prison around themselves. What I am asking is that you take the necessary steps to learn how to recognize the danger signs and defend yourself and your loved ones from this senseless and random violence.

Remember, this is Street Combat – This Ain’t No Game!