This is timely and important information for all martial arts school owners!
My name is Jeremy Haas and I am a law enforcement officer and defensive tactics trainer who works with police, corrections, military professionals, and private military contractors on how to defend themselves during a violent encounter. I have recently starting working with Martial Arts School Owners through ARCS Self Defense & Combatives, and I wanted to share this information with everyone in the industry to make sure that you are aware of a new threat within the industry and to make sure that you stay safe.
Please watch this video to learn about a new threat to martial arts schools around the country: http://www.ei8t.com/m/p/d3FTnhMnRy7
I’m sure that by now many of you are familiar with the “knockout game.” For those of you who aren’t familiar- the knockout game is where an assailant attempts to “knockout” an unsuspecting victim, often times with a single sucker punch, purely for the amusement of the attacker and their accomplices.
Unfortunately, the knockout games participants seem to have begun to focus on the martial arts industry. There have been multiple reports this happening, although the media has kept this mostly under wraps.
Here are two links to articles about recent events of this nature:
The martial arts instructor in the first article was able to defend himself and it ended without injury. However; it has been brought to my attention that those “playing this game” have begun to use knives, and even guns, in certain situations where an intended victim fights back against the attacker(s).
Please note that some of the prior attacks were more violent and created more injuries than I have expressed, leaving some of the victims seriously injured; this is no game!
The news will continue to suppress these attacks, but in time they will surface.
Below are a few recommended School Safety Protocols that may help keep you and your staff safe- not only from attack, but also from potential accusations of impropriety.
- Be in control the situation. If you have a client meeting with a staff member – always have another staff member present.
- Manage potential litigation – if you have a meeting with a member of the opposite sex always have another staff member inside the meeting with you.
- Install video monitoring equipment to video record your parent viewing area, floor, entrances and exits and front of school entrance.
- Train your staff to read behavioral indicators and understand managing physical distance and body positioning during interviews with potential clients.
- Develop regular training with your facility’s staff in addressing the common problems and other safety issues you deal with daily.
Remain alert, be decisive, and have a simple yet effective pre-planned practical response. Be safe, and let me know what I can do to help!
To learn more about ARCS Self Defense & Combatives you may visit our website atwww.ARCSSelfDefense.com or call me (Jeremy Haas) directly at 318.200.0890. I would be happy to answer any questions that you might have.
As always….Stay Safe!