By Mike Smith
5th of March 2015
Above is a horrific video of a white Rhodesian woman and her son being attacked by two panga- wielding New South Africans. This entire attack could have been prevented and further could have been dealt with in a more efficient way.
However, hindsight is always 20/20. It is always easy to say he should have done this or I would have done that, etc,
However, one never knows how the situation will unfold and how one will react until one is in there and this is exactly what I would like to address with a miniseries of Self Defence for South Africa.
Now first of all I am not an expert on Self Defence and I have never claimed to be. I am the guy who trains the experts. I take a sharp knife and make him even sharper.
I have been a martial artist for 34 years and have been teaching Martial arts since I was 19. I have been in several life threatening self defence situations and in just about all I was outnumbered and managed to survive. One of my worst experiences was being attacked by an entire coloured rugby team in the toilets of a nightclub.
Am I a hero? No.
Lucky? Perhaps, very lucky, but if it wasn't for my training I probably would have been dead today.
What urged me to write this miniseries was the recent spike in horrific attacks on whites in South Africa. I cannot just stand by and do nothing. I cannot protect everyone and I cannot train everyone, but maybe I can do something that might save some lives and if all these articles save only ONE life, it would be worth it.
I do not teach bullshit. This is exactly the same stuff I taught my mother, my daughter and my wife.
Two weeks ago we reported about the Underberg farmer Trevor Rees (79) who was tortured over days and kicked to death Tortured with bleach and pliers - shocking details of Natal farm assault emerge
Also recently the Crowbar gang was arrested in Cape Town for a spate of housebreakings and robberies in the white Northern Suburbs.
The 64 year old Sue Howarth and her husband Robert Lynn, 66, both British citizens who had been living in South Africa for many years have been tortured with a blow torch, beaten, shot and stabbed, plastic bags shoved down their throats and dumped in the veldt. British woman killed in South Africa after robbers torture her with blow torch and leave her husband for dead
The attack came barely a week after British grandparents Roger (66) and Christine Solik (57) - who moved from Wales to South Africa in 1981 - were killed in the robbery at their countryside estate in the Natal province. Beaten tied up and dumped in a river.
At the same time a family of four was wiped out near the town of Belfour. Mr Gert Smuts, 78, his wife Paulina Smuts, 70, their son and daughter-in-law, were killed in their home on their farm.
Three weeks ago Two young couples were attacked by a black gang at a luxury Bushveld lodge
Businessman Alex de Sogus, his fiancée and their children were attacked at their home in Nigel. Alex was severely beaten and kicked in the face by the black gang You think you’re big – robbers taunt dad during attack
Now I had a lot of readers writing to me and telling me these people deserved what they got for their stupidity. “It is all their own fault”, they say. Where were the barking dogs inside and out? Where was the safety gate at the back door? Why did the alarm system not go off? Where was the armed response? Why was the bedroom door not locked? Why did the couple not sleep with firearms next to their heads and fight back earlier, because as some cases showed only when they fought back and the bastards noticed the slightest bit of resistance did they run away?
Fair questions. I mean all of the above is normal living for whites in South Africa.
Another reason I decided to write this miniseries is, because most self defence courses are bullshit. They are unrealistic, run by instructors who have never been in real self defence situations, and have no idea what they are talking about. Most only deal with the actual attack and not the prevention of the attack. They give people a false sense of security and train them for failure or worse...death.
Now I am fully aware that it takes years to master a martial art. That is not what I want to do here. You can also NOT teach martial arts online or by books. That is also not what I want to do. Further, most of the victims are old or female, so do not have the strength, fitness or stamina to train for long periods of time. You cannot turn such people into ninjas overnight.
What I want to show you are a few principles that will put you in a different state of mind so that you do not become a victim and in the event you do...you can deal with it effectively and survive. You might get hurt, but you will survive.
Most of it is common sense and you would think people in SA would by now have some, but alas...they don’t. There are good reasons for it. People are naive. They like to think all people are good, like them.
They refuse to believe there are evil psychopaths out there who have no problem killing and torturing them. The human mind does not like to think “worse case scenario”, because “it is too ghastly to comprehend” and there is nothing wrong with it. It is normal. It is human...but it will get you killed.
You have to TRAIN and CONDITION your mind to think further. That is what I want to show you. Get your mind right and you are 50% of the way there.
AAR and debrief of the Panga attack in Pietersburg
In order to do a proper and objective After Action Review or Debrief it is important to get the input of the people involved. We don’t have that at this stage. We only have the video to go on, so it might be a bit subjective. However let us try.
Look at the video above and the time: 3:25 am.
A white couple, mother and son, travelled by bus early in the morning and arrived at a petrol station 200km in a dangerous, foreign country completely unarmed and not paying attention.
Why at that hour? Why not travel during the day?
Nevertheless...The woman, Jeanette van Vuuren, had a moon bag full of money strapped to her waist advertising the loot and she is filling out some forms in order to get a residence permit. The young man is sitting down. A total and complete lack of situational awareness.
Imagine the Platoon Leader of a military patrol calls a security halt to confirm his position on the map or GPS and nobody keeps a lookout and instead sits down and have coffee?? Imagine if soldiers did this inside an ORP (Objective Rally Point) or TB (temporary base) and all drank coffee and ate at the same time and nobody kept a security watch. Of course they will get revved!!
There is a reason why half eat and half keep watch, half sleep and half are awake...
She should have had her back to the wall, her situational awareness would have been easier. Just 180° instead of 360°. Filling out the forms (especially there) and at that hour was a no-no and if you absolutely have to, then get someone to watch your back and STAND guard not sit down. You can react quicker when you are standing. Nevertheless she should have filled out the forms on the bus.
When the two bastards approached, the young man allowed them far too close. At one stage he was concentrating on his mother and had his back to both attackers.
|Front bear hug|
Being loud would have drawn attention to the situation and maneuver away. When the one drew the panga Tony should have rushed him and closed him down with a front bear hug to restrict his panga wielding arm.
|Crushing elbow strikes from the mount|
Normally when you do this extremely viciously so that blood and teeth fly and eye sockets pop out the others stand back in shock or run away. A Juji-gatame arm lock or a Waki-gatame would have broken his arm and freed the panga for Tony to use. There are also several methods to break his neck from a rear mount with your heel hooks in.
Tony also tried to use the plastic chair to fend off the attacker, but the muscles in his arm were severed and his right arm practically useless. He did well to move in circles and not in a straight line backwards. However he kept circling in the wrong direction. He
should have moved around the outside of the leading foot of the attacker to get to his rear, close the gap and get him in a rear mount. Best position to be in for you; worst position for the attacker.
|Rear Mount with heel hooks in |
(very important, but do not cross your feet)
What was bad? Travelling at night. Not having a weapon. Not having a shield of some sorts. Bad positioning at the petrol station. No situational awareness. Being caught completely by surprise. Not restricting the attacker’s movement. Not being brutal enough.
Now critics will say that they should have “Just given the money”...
As you can see they had no chance. The attack happened before they could even think of handing the money over and the entire attack lasted about a minute.
Critics will also say, “Just run away”...
Oh yeah? An elderly overweight woman in trousers is going to outrun two young, fit blacks. Where are you going to run to? Might have worked here, because it was in the open, but what if you are attacked inside a building, on a bus, on a train, in a toilet, etc...Besides by running away you will just trigger their pursuit instinct and they will instinctively start to chase you.
Would a gun have helped? Probably not. Not if you did not have it drawn already, as the 21 foot rule proves.
You are faced with five options in a confrontation not just “fight” or “flight”.
You also have “Freezing”, “Posturing” or “Submission”.
Posturing is making yourself louder and bigger than you actually are like animals hair standing up on their backs, growling and barking.
Would “Submission” have helped? Probably not. It is NO guarantee as we have seen in the cases of people who have submitted, were tied up and still tortured for hours, before eventually being killed with their hands tied behind their backs.
“Freezing”, “Fleeing” and “Submitting” will get you killed. Your best options to survive in a life and death confrontation is “Posturing” and “Fighting”.
However, when you do fight, you must know full well what you are in for. Forget about Mr. Nice Guy. Forget about a fair fight and rules. There is no referee here who will stop the fight or break it up when it gets too rough. Nobody is going to come and help you. You are on your own.
You must be able to switch the killer instinct on and fight 120% with total brutality and no mercy. You have to go beyond yourself and your usual abilities. You must be able to break arms, rake out eyes, rip nostrils apart and kill with whatever you have without thinking twice. There is nothing wrong with it. It is your life or his...and if you are unable to fight like that...say your last prayers, enjoy the next few hours of torture with a blow torch and die quietly. Death will be a welcome relief from your pain.
You have to start facing reality and wake the fuck up. You are living in South Africa NOT La-la-land. You have to start thinking "Worst Case Scenario".
You HAVE to become a brutal mother fucker. To win you have to be prepared to be more brutal than your adversary. Sorry...If you want to live and see old age...there is no other way.
More in the next edition.