The man in the video erred on multiple counts; here’s a review of his actions/inactions:
1. He did not acknowledge any of pre-incident indicators of the potential threat (very disturbing growling, unorthodox motor patterns, her lunging toward him)
2. He did not do anything at all to actively defend himself while she was choking him, had her fist cocked growling at him, and punching him.
3. After her assault ended and she walked away he re-engaged and assaulted her.
So, if you see somebody freak out and what appears to be a scene from Paranormal Activity or an Exorcist movie, it’s time to put the Pringles away get ready to take action. Remove yourself from the situation if possible by getting on another train, move to a different part of the train, or contact security, and pop-the-top and free up your hands BEFORE anything critical happens.
Also, it is important to understand a reasonable use of force since you will likely have to articulate how you responded to the threat if the police get involved.
Train smart & stay safe,
NOVA Self Defense