When parking their vehicle, most people are thinking about fees, proximity to their destination, or perhaps avoiding dings and scratches from carts or inconsiderate drivers. How many of you think about your safety or protecting your family from would-be attackers looking to rob you, hurt you, or worse? In fact, when an attack involves a vehicle, the threat level goes up because the crime can be relocated away from any possible help. Studies show that entering and exiting your vehicle makes you a very vulnerable target, so Warriors Magazine sought the help of two world renowned self-defense experts to provide simple safety tips.
Peter Weckauf and Irmengard Hanzal are co-founders of SAMI-International located in Austria. Sami International is represented in 40 countries and its courses are in high demand by all levels of security professionals throughout Europe. Both Peter and Irmi have deep roots in multiple martial arts styles as well as extensive knowledge in practical, effective self-defense techniques. Their specific talent is in their ability to take complicated situations and create specific, effective, yet simple protocols designed to save lives. Warriors Magazine asked them to put together action plans to address four particular threats involving entering and exiting vehicles.
It is important to note that some of the protocols may seem too obvious to call out, but keep in mind that under duress, you will not think clearly. When attacked, people do not rise to the occasion, they sink to their training. If you do not prepare and rehearse your actions, you will be left unarmed in the deepest sense of the word. These protocols should be learned and practiced routinely, especially for young drivers who are new to the game.
When parking your car, the safety protocol is:
When re-entering your vehicle, the safety protocol is:
For an unarmed attack from the outside the vehicle while seated in the driver’s seat, the safety protocol is:
For an unarmed attack from inside the vehicle while seated in the driver’s seat, the safety protocol is very similar to Scenario #3, except the object is to exit the vehicle:
Notice these scenarios do not involve the attacker using a weapon. For those cases, your options are very limited, unless you are also armed. Suffice it to say this is a much more complicated situation and would require specialized training.
Peter Weckauf and Irmengard Hanzal have dedicated their lives to understanding and teaching modern, effective self-defense. Their web site explores this topic and many more through an excellent distance learning academy that is convenient and modestly priced (give them a look at sami-international.com). Protecting yourself and your family does not mean you have to spend every night in the gym training for hours and hours; you just have to take the time to educate yourself. Survival is not about the stronger person, it is about the smarter person!