In-order to make a calculated decision and apply the correct response, we need to gather info and intel about our situation and surrounding, for example: who else is in the area and what are their intentions; Where are the friends or family we came with and who do we need to defend or protect; Where are our belongings; Where are the other potential attackers; Where is the safe zone and how can we get there; Who can assist us and how can we get to them or bring them to us; where is a piece of specific equipment or common objects that we can use to improve our chances to overcome the attacker/s or any related problems. For this we need to look in the area around us and get the data. We call this “scanning.”
When there is a dangerous attacker in-front of you, you need to deal with him. If you know you have multiple attackers, you need to deal with them according to the level of danger and threat that each of them poses. For example if one attacker has a baseball bat and the other is unarmed, usually you need to address the armed one first, due to his weapon and long reach. This is true unless the unarmed assailant came so close that he poses a more immediate danger. In all of those cases you cannot take your eyes of the dangerous opponents. So in-order to see who is behind you or where your friend /family member who was with you a moment ago, or where can you find the door, you’d better move around the attacker, especially if you are doing defenses and counterattacks. A byproduct of your movement is that you come to another angle from which you can see the area from another direction, especially the area that was behind you. Naturally you should move in a circular pattern in the direction that brings you to a safer and less dangerous area.
Once you have defended and counterattacked as needed and moved away from the dangerous area in the vicinity of the attacker/s you now have the possibility, option and in most cases the need, to continue to scan while the attackers you dealt with cannot reach you . This is the time to: Look for other opponents that pose real and immediate danger to you, or obstacles that may prevent you from moving; Locate the exit; Where you can find and equip yourself with a common object that may assist you in the task of overcoming the attackers; Where is the person that you need to assist (friend or family member), Etc’. In this case you should move your head and eyes from side to side to gather info from all around, below and above you, and locate what you need and what is there. Then execute the needed actions according to the appropriate decisions.
Scanning is a tactical behavior aimed to find other aggressors and gather any other relevant data that will enable you to make calculated decisions at times of conflict and violence.
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