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A monthly service that trains you to be vigilant by having someone play-attack you when you least expect it

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jul 05, 2022
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Ambush attacks as a service. You pay a monthly fee, then develop a lifestyle of constantly looking over your shoulder to tighten your personal security. When you least expect it, someone will pretend-attack, kidnap, or mug you.
  • You can think of it as homework for people training in self-defense-oriented martial arts.
  • Extracuriculum practice for anyone interested in tightening their personal security.
  • Develop a lifestyle that makes you a difficult target to attack.
How it works
Martial arts club organized service
People from the same martial arts club could provide this service to each other for free. At unpredictable times, they would ambush attack each other in a dark alley, hallway, etc. They would do muggings, plastic knife attacks, beatings, kidnapping, etc. The play attack would be brief enough for the "victim" to either react properly or fail and learn.
Shared files on each "victim"
Every member would have a google docs file that is shared among everyone except the person the file is about. Club members would collaboratively add the details about the person the file is about. Where they sleep, eat, work, who they live with, where they can be found at specific times of day/week, etc. Any kind of useful pointers so that people can plan their play-attacks.
Every attack would be logged by the attacker. What happened, where, when, etc. People would rarely attack the same person in the same circumstances. They would seek new ways/opportunities but not exclude previous places so as to keep the "victim" vigilant.
The goal is for each person to develop a lifestyle that makes them a difficult target to attack.
Paid service attacks
The same service could be provided to anyone who wishes to tighten their personal security. Private detectives would be suitable for something like this.
People would pay a monthly fee and then sleep with one eye open:)
Payment gamification
If the "victim" reacts properly and manages to play-subdue the attacker on every occasion in a given month, the service is free for that month. Likewise, the victim also doesn't pay if there are no attacks that month.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Jul 07, 2022
I can see how a service like this can be beneficial, however, I can also imagine scenarios where the last thing anybody would want to do, would be "fighting off" a fake attacker.
For instance, if a person is thinking about or preparing for a stressful meeting, has just received bad news, or is urgently on their way somewhere. Of course, one could argue that criminals will not care about factors like that, so you always have to be ready, but the fact of the matter is that it remains a service, and if people do not want to make use of a service at a certain time that should be their prerogative.
This can be solved by allowing people to mark themselves as busy on the app or website, ensuring that all would-be attacks are halted until they indicate that they can continue. Alternatively, people can just have a safeword that will stop attacks immediately which they can use when they don't want to participate.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
When I read the title I thought you would propose that the attacker yells the safe word right from the start to avoid being hurt by the victim's real defense:)
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Povilas S
Povilas S Jul 11, 2022
Expecting a fake attack makes you take the true one less seriously. Imagine that by Murphy's law someone really attacks you at the time you are expecting it as a service. You see that the attacker has a knife, there's still a chance to run, which in reality might be the best option, but since you think it's probably a plastic knife you'd be brave to fight off, as a result, you get stabbed for real. It would be a very unfortunate irony if this happened. Facing resistance true attackers would be provoked to use real guns on you.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
This solves it:) If the attacker doesn't yell a safe word, consider the attack real.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
Reminded me of this. It was a fitness service where the trainer scared the client into running and, thereby, exercising.
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Povilas S
Povilas S2 years ago
Reminded me of this
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