I can hear John's booming voice in my head: "You need to understand that, when you are attacked, the assault is taking place for two reasons:
1) The attackers believe they have something to gain, and
2) You are where the attackers want you to be.
In order to give ourselves the greatest advantage for staying safe, John and Vickie taught us to apply a method called OODA Loop. This is what it stands for:
ORIENTATION -- Form a mental image of your circumstances.
DECISION -- Consider options and select a subsequent course of action.
ACTION -- Carry out your decision. Once the result of that decision is observed, you start over.
If you're aware of your surroundings, you should pick up on this threat and get to a place where the criminal doesn't want you to be or didn't expect you to go --- such as a strong covered position (perhaps, behind a parked car, or a low wall). But you need to remember something else, and again I hear John's direction: "Anyone, in any position, armed with any weapon, can be successfully attacked, provided attackers are willing to pay the price." His advice? "Make the price so high, that no sane attacker will press the issue."
So, if I've picked up on the threat, put some distance between me and my attacker, and positioned myself behind some protective covering....and he's still advancing, what do I do? John and Vickie offered a simple, but effective method of frustrating your attacker. Remember that if your attacker is still pressing forward, he perceives that he has the advantage. The simple act of quickly moving laterally; taking a step or two to your right or left, is always advisable, no matter what your situation.
Just getting away from where you were positioned will frustrate the attack plan of most criminals. You have to take the advantage away from the attacker. The second or two it takes him to adjust to your move, could give you the time to successfully fire and stop the attack. John refers to this method as "Getting Off the X!"
After two days of this repetitive training, it stuck. I graduated with my Red Pin; a symbol that proclaims to all that I have successfully completed a Farnam Defensive Training course. I have to admit.... I walk a little prouder now!
Deuteronomy 23:14 "For the LORD your God moves about in your camp to protect you and deliver your enemies to you."