How to Stay Safe with the Same Tactics as Jason Bourne
In line with the release of the latest Bourne movie “Jason Bourne” ,Universal Studio asked us to give a training course to a number of TV, Radio, Newspaper and Web journalists based on Bourne’s tactics in the movies.
Below I have outlined some of the concepts we taught them as well as some vidoes form our training day…
Always understand your environment. Ensure you know the location of access and exit points while also using your peripheral vision and reflective surfaces to monitor your surroundings. Identify potential blindspots and move or rearrange your environment to minimize them.
Engage in “Active Observation” to predict threats. For example if you are walking home and you see a dark doorway, say to yourself that there is a “possibility of someone hiding in doorway” and act to negate that threat by taking an alternative route or ensuring you have adequate space to react.
Different locations have underlying patterns and rhythms. If you notice someone or something “out of sync”, monitor for more unusual or threatening behaviour.
Beware of people “over concentrating” on activities, for example, in a car park, someone is spending a long time at their car, they may be “over concentrating” on the car to evaluate you as a potential victim.
Trust your Instincts
Your instincts are hardwired to keep you safe and they understand the normal patterns of behaviour.
Oftentimes, your instincts will spot something wrong and convey this warning to you through “gut feeling” or just a sense that something is “off’. Your instincts are “powered” by a part of your brain called the amygdala, it receives information from your environment 10 times faster then your Rational Brain. Part of its’ job is to act as your security guard, so make sure to trust it, if your instincts tell you something is wrong, it is in your best interest to act as if this is true until proven otherwise.
The final proof of Assault is Violence, so you cannot wait for this final proof.
We must use “Action Tripwires” to prepare ourselves to act in our own defence. “Action Tripwires” are behaviours or situations that we have prepared for and if they occur we take specific actions.
For example, if someone stands over you on a bus and engages in threatening behaviour or if you feel unwell after taking a drink or if someone is behaving in a threatening manner towards you, these are all possible tripwires to which you should have an appropriate response.
The point is to act on the tripwire before the situation overtakes you.
CQC (Close Quater Combat) Tactics
In the event of a situation escalating to physical violence, the focus should be on CQC Tactics (close quarter combat) instead of sport orientated sparring or simply brawling. Close quarter tactics enable you defend yourself, taking into account the reality of a violent confrontation, where size, strength, surprise and environment are factors, as well the possibility of multiple assailants.
The intent in CQC tactics is to inflict as much damage and fear as quickly as possible to achieve your outcome.
This may be to escape, detain, cause the other person to leave or to delay until help can arrive. The exact intent will depend on your responsibilities and situation.
Focus on Prime Targets
When striking the target you should strike ”Prime Targets”, these are targets which will have an affect regardless of strength, size or mental state.
“Prime targets” include eyes, nose, ears and throat. If prime targets are not available then secondary targets can be attacked, these include groin area, knees as well as fingers, shins and loose flesh which can be pinched or ripped at.
Real close combat rarely looks good, it is panicky, short, sharp and brutal. The sparring based sports model where points and submission are sought are not as relevant.
Shattered rhythm concepts includes defending and striking at the same times, oscillating close quarter weapons, alternating between low line and high line attacks, as well as gaining forward moment and adjusting tactics to range.
Use Your Environment
Your environment is a key factor, the availability and location of escape points must be considered as well as features of the environment or objects which can be used as cover, obstacles, shields or weapons.
Close Quarter Combat is more than just physical moves, it is about understanding your situation and environment, it’s also about the preparation for potential threats and the willingness and intent to inflict the harm necessary for you to prevent and escape from an assault.