[I:http://martialarts.surrey-sussex.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/AlCase4.jpg]People screaming, the store is in chaos, and fifty teenagers are grabbing everything they can and heading for the exits. Can’t happen? It is happening, my friend, and in major cities across the United States, and the only solution is to use a little Karate or Kung Fu or Taekwondo, or whatever martial art you know, to survive the fracas.
The flash mob idea is destructive, against the law, and the mark of a society going down. These are usually teenagers that should be in school, yet they are laughing and stealing and have no sense of responsibility. But just because society is failing doesn’t mean that a few individuals shouldn’t step forward and stop this kind of behavior.
First, people in these flash mobs don’t usually want to fight, but that doesn’t mean they won’t. These teenagers are a mob, and if they happen to come across an old lady in their way, they won’t hesitate. They will knock her down, steal her money, and laugh on the way to the street.
If you see somebody about to be overwhelmed, it might be time to do a body tackle that knocks a bunch of mobbers into other mobbers. This would be the bowling pin strategy, and it works well. A bunch of kids all tangled up in a pile on the floor may suddenly change their flash mob ideas into getting the heck out of a bad situation.
Another method, maybe if you see a bunch of kids trying to grab the cash register, is to push standing displays into them. Simply grab racks holding candy and throw it at the brats. They will go from trying to get the money, to wondering why the world is falling in on them.
A tactic which, if enacted on, would end the Flash Mob chronicle going on in todays society, is one you have to be very careful of. After all, you don’t want to be arrested for hurting people. Still, if you find yourself attacked, you might consider this next Martial Arts tactic.
Break one of the mobbers limbs. Simply use your martial arts and do some fast but not long lasting damage. Mind you, I am not advocating murder, or damaging someone just because you can, I am simply saying that if you find yourself in one of these mob sitations, a little self defense to break an arm or leg might alter the intent of the mob, would definitely protect you, and, think about it, how is little Johnny going to explain a broken arm to his parents?
Gee, Mom, we were knocking over a drug store, and when I attacked some fellow he broke my arm…it really wasn’t my fault. Do you see the rational way of breaking kids excitement for incitement to riot? Mind you, I am not advocating using Karate, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, or any other martial art to hurt people mindlessly, I am saying you have a second amendment right to protect yourself and your friends and society at large from the predations of a few criminal minded kids who, with the proper guidance, could grow up to be good citizens.