To Pre-Empt or Not to Pre-Empt – The Pre-Emptive Strike

To Pre-Empt or Not to Pre-Empt – That is the Question

Many people today know or have heard about the ‘pre-emptive strike. It is one of those areas of self-defence that is sometimes taken out of context, with horror stories abounding about how it can be ‘abused’ and ‘misused’ by individuals who (some think) would like any lawful-excuse to impose their violence on others. An excuse to give someone a ‘kicking’. But does it have its lawful place.

Well of course it does.

If the law required that we had a duty to wait until someone actually started to attack us that would leave us at a distinct disadvantage, especially if the aggressor was armed with a knife, gun or some other form of edged or offensive weapon. If society were to impose such a duty (which it doesn’t) then it is highly probably that our ability to defend ourselves would be burdened in favour of the assailant, and that would be perverse.

However, many people have been led to believe that if they strike first then they become the aggressor – not so. If you act in self-defence, based on an honestly held belief then the law is on your side.

You can even kill someone before an attack has started. That is the same principle of law that police firearms officers operate under. No point waiting until an armed assailant shoots their victim first.

If You Don’t Know Your Rights You Have No Rights.

I have just heard that some police officers are telling or advising people (especially door supervisors it would seem) against the use of a pre-emptive strike. I would be very concerned if any agent of the state was advocating to remove a persons rights that are enshrined in our common and criminal law. What we have to be aware of is that our rights cannot be taken away, but they can be eroded away by passivity, conformity and complacency.

I have written an article on this subject, which you can view at:

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Remember this. There are people dying for your rights in Afghanistan and Iraq at the moment. Don’t give away what they are fighting so hard to protect. We live in a democracy and it is our law. If you feel you have been aggrieved do something about it.

Mark Dawes


I am the Director and National Coach Tutor of NFPS Ltd., a specialist provider of Conflict Risk Management Consultancy and Training with specific expertise in Physical Restraint, Breakaway and Self-Defence. In addition to providing training, advice, consultancy and guidance on the physiological aspects mentioned above, we also provide training in NLP, Hypnosis and Meditation as these skills combined provide a holistic way to improve our psychology. By helping people improve both, their physiology and their psychology, we provide a complete and holistic approach to training and development.

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One comment on “To Pre-Empt or Not to Pre-Empt – The Pre-Emptive Strike
  1. Excellent article as always. Quite frightening how people don’t know their rights to defend themselves and believe, wrongfully that the scales of justice deflect on the side of the offender in all cases.

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