I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Nathan, a Krav Maga Houston practitioner who was recently ambushed and held at gunpoint in his driveway. How he handled the attack and came through it relatively unscathed is a testament to his instincts and his training.

One of the first concepts students in a quality self-defense program will learn is:

Fight to the death, if necessary, at crime scene one – do not go to crime scene two.

If you have never heard this before, that mantra might give you pause. But statistics don’t lie, and what happens to victims at crime scene two out of public view and in more secluded or insulated surroundings is nearly always a far worse fate.

Do people get killed out in the open? Yes. But they are not typically, beaten/raped/tortured and held captive there. If an assailant’s intent is to kill you, fighting for your life is your only option.

If an attacker’s intent is even more perverse—fighting for your life right where you stand is still the only sensible option. You commit to live or die fighting where the original attack occurs – period, end of story.

No one can know how this attack would have turned out if Nathan, returning home with his girlfriend, had allowed the two attackers (who were unsatisfied with the $20 in his wallet) into his home. I’m glad Nathan didn’t decide to find out.

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