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Knockout Game Problem And Solution

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 It’s been a stressful work day and you’re walking down the street and everything seems the same; people busy in the stores etc. You’re mind is busy as you are starting to plan out the most important moves that you’re going to make first thing in the morning. You barely pay attention to the group of youth walking towards you, and as you are passing, you catch a glimpse of a flash.


The very next thing you become aware of is an extremely piercing pain in your head. You then become aware of the fact that you see nothing but darkness and all of a sudden a tiny hole of light pierces through the blackness from the very center. That tiny pinhole of light becomes wider and all of a sudden you realize that you’re laying on the concrete with a crowd of people around you trying to figure out what to do next, trying to figure out if you’re okay.

You just got knocked the heck out. Welcome to the Knockout game.

After hearing about this phenomenon, and performing a bit of research myself. There are some suggestions that it does not occur as frequently as some of the media would suggest. I don’t care if it doesn’t occur with as much frequency, and neither should you. The fact remains that it does happen, the fact remains that it could happen to you.

Even a cursory search will reveal video of groups of kids passing by, or walking up to (usually lone) pedestrians, and sucker punching them. The sick idea is to knock the unsuspecting individual out with at single blow; “to see if you can.” Talk about stupidity taken to a whole other level.

Not that I’m suggesting you imagine that every group of youth you pass are bad people looking to harm you, but there is a concept called the “reactionary gap.”

If someone needs to lunge towards you in order to strike you; if someone needs to take a step or two towards you, this will provide you with a moments warning. This distance is called the “reactionary gap.” Whenever you allow someone so close to you that they could touch you without you being able to react, you expose yourself to the possibility of becoming the next victim of this senseless activity.

So distance is your friend.                         

The other extremely important part of the equation here is situational awareness. I spent far more time than I will admit to researching, and watching disturbing videos of innocent victims being violated. Ninety nine percent of them were being distracted. Whether they were texting, reading, or simply staring at the ground, they weren’t paying attention to what was happening around them.

Pay attention, anticipate potential danger, and avoid the knockout game by keeping enough distance to allow you to get your hands up.


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