By COLlive reporter
Over the last several months, the number of assaults against Jews in Crown Heights (and in the greater NYC area) have spiked. How should we address the problem? What would you do if you were suddenly attacked in the street? Can you rely on the police and neighborhood patrol groups to deal with these attacks as they occur?
Unfortunately, responders need at least several moments (if not several minutes) to arrive, leaving you to fend for yourself until then. You might feel prepared to defend yourself “if someone starts” with you, but street attacks generally don’t have a “start” — the assault comes unexpectedly; it is a cold-blooded ambush. Now, how do you expect to effectively respond AFTER getting hit “out-of-nowhere” with a brick to the head or pummeled from all sides by multiple attackers?
Most people know that maintaining a high level of alertness in the street is crucial for avoiding an ambush, but few have a thorough knowledge of the things to look for that could signal an imminent attack. What body language might tell you that someone is preparing to hit you? What strategies do criminals employ in order to set-up an ambush? How can you make yourself a less likely target?
Michoel Shapiro has taught self-defense for over 20 years and is the founder of the Krav Combat Academy. In the following video, he shares some information to increase public awareness about how violence in the street unfolds so that you can identify and deal with it proactively.