Anti-Abduction Training: An Interview With Jeff Mount

We interviewed Chief Instructor Jeff Mount about his expertise in anti-abduction training. He will be leading our Anti-Abduction Seminar on July 20th! There’s still time to register!

1. How long have you been focusing on anti-abduction training?

About the past 5 years.

2. What first gave you the idea to start offering anti-abduction training?

A few things happened at once.  I attended a few trainings for my own development that involved preventative measures while training overseas, and providing executive protection services.  I was also completing graduate coursework in a Homeland Security program, and I had access to some of the statistics surrounding this type of attack, as well as the fallout should an abduction attempt happen.  At the same time, some students who train with us in DC let me know about some anti-abduction trainings their company offered. Those students were convinced we could do it far better. The other organizations provided the sights and sounds of how it felt to be abducted, but no real concrete strategies for preventing it, or for fighting back if an attempt is made.  I thought, “This is crazy! All they’re doing is teaching them how traumatic it is to be attacked! They’re doing nothing to give them answers!” Those students and I talked through what those courses were missing, what we could provide, and off we were.

3. What do you see as the biggest misconception surrounding anti-abduction training right now?  

That it only applies to someone who is traveling overseas, targeted for ransom or a terrorist attack.  Elements of an abduction attempt could occur in an Uber, or if someone tries to restrict you in your own home, or take you somewhere for the purposes of some other attack like a robbery or sexual assault.  Even if the main point of the attack is not to abduct you, abduction can be a piece of the attack that is more complex than that.

4. Why do you believe anti-abduction training is important?

It’s such a unique experience – it’s clear that this type of attack has an entirely different effect on the psyche.  And one of the reasons why that’s so dangerous is because almost none of us have a frame of reference for what it might be like to experience.  The training is the only real way to offer a sense of, “I’ve seen this before – I’ve felt this before.”

There’s also a unique fear associated with being detained.  A mugging or an assault can be deeply traumatic, of course, but being held for an undetermined length of time has a unique fear and dread associated with it that is worth training against.  

6. What would you say to someone who is interested in participating, but might be nervous to take the leap?

Being nervous is completely normal – it would be kind of strange if you weren’t nervous at all, especially if you don’t train regularly.  The nerves are inevitable, and the true gold mine of Krav Maga training is teaching how to handle those nerves – not just in training, but in a real situation.  

7. At this point, you’ve done several iterations of this training all across the county. What’s been your biggest surprise? 

An abduction attempt is one of the only types of attacks we address at Krav Maga Maryland that, at some point, it might be wiser or safer to not fight back in the moment, but to wait for a better opportunity.  That’s not common from our standpoint, so it takes a shift in both the training and the instruction. But it reinforces the understanding that knowing when/how to fight back is just as important as knowing when not to.

Rachel Parker