The following is a step by step instruction on how to conduct a thorough Defense of a Pincher, Scratcher, Slapper and, yes, even the elusive Biter. The position of Offence is detailed in Appendix B: Do You Have Your Plan B?
1. Identify the enemy
Keep both eyes open and know where the enemy is at all times. Remember, the human brain is simply a processing agent and cannot combat with deception. Often what is robotically determined as “non-threat” is in fact at the nucleus of your next battle (see Chapter 9: Common Battlegrounds Described). The enemy may use many disguises in order to subvert identification, including:
Identify if the enemy is intentional. I.e. Is the enemy meaning to do harm? Sometimes you can be fooled by appearances. Do not lose focus. This is normal psychological warfare. A study was conducted by General Wooster in 1972 that proved that when our enemies are hiding close to the ground that the human brain will automatically process these as “non-threat” or mark them as “civilian”. Do not terminate. “Gut” is a front line weapon.
3. Seek evidence
Has the enemy done harm? I.e. Is there actual, irrefutable evidence of their attack? Often, assaults go undetected due to the lack of dramatic physical evidence. You may find that this lack of evidence makes it difficult to initiate your Next Steps2 procedure. Being face to face with evidence can be difficult, seeking out evidence and finding it can be even more difficult, given that your human brain is not in prep-mode to process it. In either case, govern your emotions. Evidence opens doors.
4. Move out
If in conducting the two procedural steps above result in a double yes, then it is time to move out. Depending on the swiftness of the attack, you may need to employ tactics and weaponry which are otherwise unorthodox. React confidently. Do not question yourself. Even the slow sideways extension of your foot can be catastrophic to your advancing opponent if it is not recognized in time.
To borrow a metaphor from the game of chess, Checkmate happens when the king is in a position to be captured and cannot escape from capture. You may require the assistance of co-combatant (see Chapter 7: Common Co-Combatants Defined) in order to ensure that the offender cannot escape. The use of force is not permitted in strategy, unless no other tactic could be employed. Be aware of alternative civilian-level tactics: