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Watch the hands... and feet... and eyes...

There’s no doubt the age-old adage, “watch the hands” is a life-saving survival tip. But don’t stop there. Remember that a kicking assault can pose a very real threat to you as well. Stay mentally and visually mindful of the leg and foot movements of a subject you’re dealing with. Further, a subject’s incremental — and, at times, even unconscious — shifts in foot positioning can telegraph his movement toward a ‘bladed stance’ from which an attack may be launched. A targeted stare at your gun is like a warning beacon, but even a casual glance beyond you can indicate an attacker’s intentions.

While watching the hands, be sure to stay alert for potentially threatening movements you catch in your peripheral field of vision as well.

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