Do the Right Thing in an ActiveShooter Scenario
Unfortunately, active- shooter incidents have become not only a frequent story on the nightly news but also a threat to people of all ages in virtually all locations. These horrible events can and do occur at any time, so it’s important to have an overarc
IIf you’re reading this article, it can be assumed that you’re either a martial arts instructor like me or a practitioner. (If you’re not already a martial artist, I highly suggest you join a program — there’s nothing more empowering!)
Through your martial arts training, you have the ability to defend yourself, which means you already have a last-resort plan of action should you find yourself confronted by an active shooter. However, it’s very unlikely that you will ever face such a criminal in a fair fight because an active shooter, by definition, has the advantage of possessing a firearm — and he’s already using it. That’s precisely why my team and I developed an activeshooter training course that teaches students to place their focus on being aware and devising an exit strategy, as well as recognizing threats before they manifest.
I started teaching active-shooter tactics because of my background in law enforcement and martial arts. Additionally, our school is a certified
krav maga center that teaches all kinds of weapon disarms, so developing the course was a natural fit.
The program has garnered a lot of press because whenever a tragedy occurs, martial arts school owners scramble to find a course that will help them help their students. For several years, I’ve conducted this training around the country, as well as online. Here, I will present it to yet another audience that may be in need of a plan for an active-shooter scenario. HOW TO RESPOND: The No. 1 option is to run. If you find yourself in a situ-