Axe to Grind
I know some of you have seen this video, but if you haven't be warned that it is graphic. This is a perfect example of identifying the different threats in your environment. Using the late Jeff Cooper's threat scale (Former US Marine) This situation would be deemed a CODE ORANGE then quickly escalate into a CODE RED situation. Here is short summary of the four colours in the scale. This is often used by the military, law enforcement and private security sector. Now it can be used by the forward thinking private citizen.
CODE WHITE- In CODE WHITE, you are relaxed and unaware of what is going on around you. Ideally, an alert citizen is only in this state when asleep, but realistically we often drop our guard when we are at home or in some other environment we assume to be safe, like the work office.
CODE YELLOW- In CODE YELLOW, you remain relaxed, but are aware of who and what is around you. This merely means that you are paying attention to the sights and sounds that surround you whether you are at home or moving in society. It DOES NOT equate with paranoia or any other irrational fear of persons or places. Instead, you simply have moved your alertness to a level of attention that will prevent you from being totally surprised by the unforseen actions of another person.
CODE ORANGE- In CODE ORANGE, you have identified something of interest that may or may not prove to be a threat. Until you determine the true nature of whatever has piqued your interest, your “radar” is narrowed to concentrate on the possible threat and will remain so focused until you are satisfied no threat exists.
Furthermore, if you are attacked in this state, you should be expecting the attack. Also you will hopefully be facing your attacker since you have already shifted your focus in the direction of the threat.
CODE RED- If the focus of your attention in CODE ORANGE does something you find threatening, you will shift to CODE RED. If possible, in both of these states, move to a position that will give you a tactical advantage and be aware of inanimate objects that could be used in self defence.
My first CQC instructor Glenn Zwiers taught me from the beginning to "Use your environment".
Simply put, he meant that if I am in a situation to use whatever I can to protect myself from the attack within my surroundings. For example a Chair, Table, Glass of Vodka, Fence, Empty Beer Bottle, Brick, Shopping Trolley etc. Depending where you are, the best defense is space if they are unarmed. If they are armed with a knife or gun it is important you neutralise the target and remove the weapon from their posession if possible to prevent further injury or death. Watch the video and see how quickly the threat levels change.
Pertaining to the video link in this post you wouldn't dismiss a scantily clad woman carrying an axe in public. It isn't congruent with the environment. I am of the mind that if I saw that I would be doing what I could to either escape the situation or if confronted deal with the situation and neutralise it. This is where our adrenalin kicks in and determines the "Fight vs Flight" response What concerned me most watching the footage is the lady with the dreadlocks who TURNED her back on the assailant and had the axe strike her in the back. She was clearly in CODE WHITE. If those dreadlocks weren't bunched up it is possible she could have been decapitated with the axe wielded by the assailant. Watch and observe at your leisure, and I hope you have gained something of merit from this blog post. Remember to be alert, but not alarmed!