"Choice speech is a non-aggressive dialogue to buy time, to determine how much trouble you’re in — is [your assailant] a talker or a fighter? It helps you shift psychological gears, create rapport and use words of an emphatic essence. Rather than say, 'Don’t do that!' you can say, 'How would you feel if someone were doing that to you?' It creates an introspection in your attacker which buys time and what we call 'orientation moment' where you ask yourself, Am I getting closer to violence or further from violence?”
Watch this footage from the Seattle University Shooting.
Now watch it again.
This hero had no special skills, no superpower, he just chose to act and in doing so saved many lives. (Yes he had pepper spray, but that could've been a drink, bottle, books, backpack, purse etc - reread my blog on triggering a flinch in the bad-guy).
The most important thing we want you to remember is that you are a 'human weapon'. And you don't need any martial arts training to 'be your own bodyguard' or a courageous bystander. You just need to act.
When violence is happening right beside you, you need to think fast and move fast. 👊 Moving away from the threat or charging it is always subjective and always based on the scenario, i.e., who you are , who you're with, etc. The bottom line is this: you need to move.
Reread this blog - follow the formula