Urban Mindset – 9 Street Survival Skills

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80% of the population of the u.s. is in urban or suburban areas and so it's really important for a lot of people to
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have certain skills for urban survival we're gonna talk about some basic things a lot of these you might already know
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but it's really good to always think about these things because a lot of times we can get lulled into the mundane
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we're going from day to day but and we kind of let things just go and so we're going to talk about nine different
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critical things that you need to consider in an urban survival situation number one is really a big one and that
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is just blending in blending in with the people that are around you typically people in a city have a certain look
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there's definitely large variations but one example that I've had in traveling a lot in my earlier life going to a lot of
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big cities is I'll never forget the time I was in Chicago we were at a big show and we were going out to eat at a very
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nice restaurant I was wearing this bright orange shirt it's just something that all especially in our area people
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just wear those kind of shirts and so I was I walked into the restaurant and I felt like I was standing out like a sore
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thumb everybody around me was in darker clothes more subdued tones and of course it was a really nice restaurants that
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they were dressed up but even then they were in darker clothes and so when I walked in I was like a beacon and I
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stood out and so one of the first things you want to do whether you're in town whether you're in a suburban area is to
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blend in with what people typically wear and that way you're not standing out this has a little bit to do with the
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gray man which is an important concept to be able just to blend in having a bag that does blend in wearing clothes again
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that do blend in being able to walk down the street and people not notice you because a lot of times you know you
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might be dressed up really nice and people have just happened to notice you I know I saw a while back they were
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having some riots and there was a reporter there in a blue button-down shirt and he stood out like a sore thumb
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because everybody else was wearing gray and black in different colors and he was accosted and he was actually
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assaulted and so again making sure that you blend in with the crowd number two is a big one with self
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defense and of course that is if you're watching this channel you already kind of have self defense in mind I have a CW
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P which is our concealed carry permit and I carry a firearm with me at all times
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and then when I go to bed it's right beside on my nightstand but that is one thing that I rely on for self defense
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not just for me or my family but also someone in need and being able to stand in the gap but there are a lot of times
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where a firearm is not the answer you know it's like they say when you have a hammer everything's a nail so you need
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to have some different alternative ideas and to guys sometimes firearms are not enough so first off you need to have
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some kind of basic self-defense skills if you need to go hands-on you're able to defend yourself and to get out of the
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situation for me I have studied martial arts most of my life and I was also a wrestler in high school and you know
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I've just always been in that mindset when it comes down to it in a physical altercation you know I have some skills
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a lot of people have never been in a fight but here's the thing guys watching different videos with surveillance
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videos where people are attacked a lot of times they just don't know what to do and so taking some basic self-defense
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classes can go a long way really knowing how to punch knowing how to kick you know it's really important knowing
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vulnerabilities with people and what you need to go forward to get them offer you and deescalate the situation and guys
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you need to get in good physical shape if you're just sitting around on a computer and the older I get the less
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active I tend to be and so I have to get and force myself out there into situations whether it's just walking
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whether it's running and you need to be able to run you need to be able to get now some of you guys have physical
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limitations and that's understandable but if you're a fairly healthy person you need to get out and be physical get
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your cardiovascular going if you need to run you need to be able to run and get out of the situation now
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one tool that you can really carry about anywhere is a flashlight and having one with a crenelated bezel to be able to
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use in a certain situation flashlights are actually used more than any other tool for self-defense other than the
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fist it's actually a force multiplier and you're able to use it better than you would be even with your hands on
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also carrying pepper spray and that's something that I've really become big on lately especially with riots and things
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that have happened all over the US and guys if you're in a road rage incident a lot of times pepper spray will defuse
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the situation in a hurry you're just minding your own business somebody comes up to your car and starts
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trying to open the door or gets in the window just spray them in the eyes they'll understand that it's time to
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step away and it's non-lethal so you don't have to draw your firearm having a knife can also be something especially
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if you live in an area where firearms are not allowed and that's one of the big problems in an urban situation is
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you're facing a lot of times where you can't have or possess a firearm you can't get a concealed carry permit and
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so having some basic self-defense tools know how to use them that goes a long way and that's a big one for urban
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self-defense number four is situational awareness be aware of your surroundings be aware of
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threats that are coming up if you're on your cell phone you're walking through a parking lot or you're walking down the
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sidewalk you are completely unaware of things that are happening around you and it's not just the things that are
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happening in front of you but it's being occasionally looking behind you making sure that you're in a good position that
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you are in a safe position but when you do see those telltale signs and something's starting to bother you get
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on the other side of the street or you know take a different route if you know that there's trouble ahead and it might
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take you a little longer but it's really important to know and to read people you know one thing that a lot of people live
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in is in the Green Zone they just walk around they're completely oblivious to anything that's going on around them
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until there is a confrontation and so you need to be able to identify possible confrontations that are coming up and
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avoid them if at all possible number five is navigation knowing the area that you're in if
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you're going into an area that you're unfamiliar with plan that out ahead of time know some different routes to be
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able to get out guys you need to know how to avoid those situations many years ago I was in a city we were down for a
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big show and we were out one night it was kind of late and I got separated from the group I still don't know how
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that happened but I found myself in a parking lot and I was walking around and honestly I had no idea where I was ended
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up I was in a really bad area of town now I got back to my friends fairly quickly but it really woke me up to
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knowing the areas that I'm in and so when you're getting ready to go somewhere it's so simple to check your
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phone and look and see what's going on around you knowing a little bit about the area that you're in to avoid those
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bad areas where you could possibly face you know somebody that's mugging you or attacking you and you know you just stay
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again with the crowd it's really important a lot of times to stay that the more people that you have around you
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the better off you're going to be and so try to travel in groups but if you're on your own you know know the areas that
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you're in and guys with the uptick in riots and protests it's good to be able to avoid those situations you don't want
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to get yourself in the middle of a protest and then find out that you're on the wrong side of a riot you can be
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picked out and again that's where blending in is really important blending in with those that are around
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you not standing out in the crowd not maybe wearing a shirt that identifies you with a certain political persuasion
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and being able to get out of those areas you know it's important to be able to stand for what you believe in but when
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it comes to certain times guys you know you can really endanger yourself and your life especially if you're with your
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family but just avoid those situations whether you're on foot or you're in a vehicle we've seen where people have
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been pulled from their vehicles and beaten severely even shot and so we need to make sure that we stay out of areas
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that are causing riots my father-in-law who lives up in Tennessee they had a protest he had no idea he was just
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driving down the road he was stopped at a red light all of a sudden the protest as it passed in
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front of him he had a text from a good friend of his that said hey stay off this certain street he started laughing
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he goes Here I am I'm right there on that street he had no idea and so really having an idea that certain riots could
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be taking place and again avoiding those situations communication skills and we're not talking about radios or your
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phone we're talking about dealing with people defuse the situation have skills to where you can keep things kind of
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calm relaxed get yourself out of the situation as easy as possible you know don't get fired up don't lose your
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temper just stay calm and get out of the area if at all possible having those skills thinking ahead of time you know
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what I just need to survive and so I'm gonna try to do the right thing here I'm gonna keep it on the down-low and we'll
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keep it calm and I'm just gonna get myself out the last thing you want to do is to escalate a situation if you
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escalate a situation and then you do have to use self-defense methods you can actually be charged and so you want to
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make sure that you try your best to deescalate get out of a situation so that if you are in a life-and-death
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situation you can draw your firearm in self-defense in a justifiable manner driving which we kind of touched on with
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avoiding riots and things but if there are trouble spots in your area you need to avoid them and you need to know these
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are some ways for me to get out of this situation if traffic has stopped up ahead because the roads are blocked you
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need to pull off need to take another route if there are things that are going on you need to know about it keep check
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with your local news know what's going on in your area a lot of times we depend on just national news we're not looking
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at what's going on locally and so you need to have a good idea of what's going on in your community
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now one skill that you need to think about and this is more of an shtf situation are scavenging skills if you
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need to be able to acquire items food is a big one and if you find yourself in a urban situation you know going to the
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grocery may be endangering your life you may need to try the dumpster diving I mean that is a possibility especially
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really good restaurants it's not my favorite but it's something that you need to have that skill also certain
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items that people are throwing lay or things that you might be able to use for certain things that you're
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trying to do to put together and so having some scavenging skills now you want to make sure that you don't go into
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places where there's private property you don't want to steal things that's just wrong on every level
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so and you're become part of the problem instead of the solution and so make sure that you take care not to grab things
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and to steal things but scavenging is definitely something that you might need to incorporate in
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your survival skills and last but not least is mental preparedness and that's really what this video is about is
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thinking ahead when these things could happen making sure that you are carrying some supplies on you making sure that
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you do have some means of self-defense with you even if it's just pepper spray having that a flashlight like we talked
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about with self-defense or just where you're going having that mental preparedness thinking if I'm attacked
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this is what my plan is what am I going to do how am I going to get out of this situation and it really relates to
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everything we've already talked about but a lot of times people just don't think ahead and so you need to think you
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need to consider I need to survive if things are going wrong I need to be able to think ahead so I'm not panicking I'm
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making wise choices at knowing the directions that you need to get out that you need to us your escape routes the
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ways to be able to avoid certain things all these things are part of mental preparedness now obviously you're
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watching this video so you are mentally preparing and you need to continue that education because survival is critical
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that's what keeps us alive and so we need not only for ourselves but also for our families to be ready for whatever
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hits us and guys with the way this year is started out we need to really be on our toes and if you're serious about
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