A Former Navy SEAL Commander Says The Best Defense Is To Run – This Is Why

Jocko Willink, a former Navy SEAL commander, host of the “Jocko Podcast,” and the author of “Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual,” believes your best chances might be to run from a fight. Following is a full transcript of the video.

Jocko Willink: If someone attacks me and they want to punch or kick me, I can just run away. They’re not holding onto me. I can get away from them. It’s when someone grabs you that you need some technique to get out of there, or someone takes you to the ground — that’s when you need some technique to get out of there. If someone just wants to punch me, well, I’ll walk away from them or run away from them. That’s OK.

Hi, I’m Jocko Willink. I’m retired from the military and just wrote a book called Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual.

Obviously, I am a fan of jiu-jitsu. No. 1: It’s very practical, like I said, for self-defense. And again, the goal of jiu-jitsu in self-defense isn’t to take someone down to the ground — the goal in jiu-jitsu for self-defense is actually to be able to defend yourself on the ground, get up, and get away from an attacker. That’s what the goal is.

Now, some people might think: “Well, Jocko, I don’t want to run away if somebody wants to fight me. I want to fight them.” Well, let’s think about where that might end up for you. No. 1: You don’t know if this person has a weapon or not. What if they have a knife? What if they have a pistol? What if they’ve got three or four friends? And now you’re getting either shot, stabbed, mutilated, or otherwise maimed and killed. That’s not what you’re looking for on a Friday night as you’re walking down the street.

OK, so let’s say you’re so tough that the other guy — he doesn’t have a knife, he doesn’t have a gun, he doesn’t have any friends — and you take him out and break his arm, choke him, and put him to sleep. Well now guess what happens? You’re getting arrested. Now you’re getting in a lawsuit. Now you have to pay this person money that you actually wanted to beat up.

So it’s a lose-lose situation to get in a confrontation on the street. If you can break contact and get away, break contact and get away. That’s what you should learn self-defense for. Obviously, if someone is doing something that they’re attacking someone in your family and you have to step in to defend yourself, well, that’s why you continue training all the time — because that might happen, and you have to be prepared for that. Optimally, you get out of there: You break contact, you get away. If you have to stand and fight, you train yourself so that you’re able to do it.

What trivial knowledge might save your life one day?

If you’re about to be attacked, pretend you know them. This may sound silly, but it worked for me. It saved my life.

When I was 16 years old, I was walking alone through a town centre at 1am, towards a bus stop after a party. I was slightly tipsy, however my cognition was mostly fine.

The air was cold and nippy; I regretted wearing a short skirt. I began feeling confused when I realised a dark figure was walking directly towards me. They were looking directly at me, as if they were stalking their prey. They started picking up their pace. I knew I was in danger.

My slightly tipsy brain made a strange decision. I pretended that I knew them.

“Omg! I haven’t seen you in so long! How are you?”, I yelled to the figure.

“Uh, what?”, he replied, flabbergasted.

“You look so different, tell your mum I said hi!”, I replied.

“Have we met?”, he asked.

“How could you forget? Anyway, I’ve got to go. Catch up soon”, I replied before speeding away.

As I walked away, I turned around briefly to see if he was gone. He was walking in the opposite direction, and I noticed a handle poking out of his back pocket. A knife.

The next day, out of curiosity, I googled the correct way to deal with an attacker, and this is actually a legitimate way. Obviously this won’t work if the attacker has already began hurting you. But yes, this technique confuses and distracts the attacker, whilst also humanising you – so that you’re less likely to be hurt.

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