American Indian Urban Survival Skill
The early American Indians didn’t have long range sniper rifles to bring home a meal from their hunting trips.
With clubs, spears, and bows, they needed to get ultra close in order to get in a kill strike.
But animals have incredible hearing that you would think would make it near IMPOSSIBLE, wouldn’t you?
So how did they stalk their prey with invisible silence?
Their secret will work equally well for your quest to master urban survival skills.
Whether you’re trying to get close to game for a closer target, slither silently to a supply cache to raid, or sneak up on an enemy sentry lookout for silent “removal”, your ability to remain undetectable is a critical skill…
Urban Survival Skill:
How To Sneak Up On Your Victim…
Bottom line, to remain silent, the key is in HOW you step.
While most people are programmed to walk heel-to-toe, this is actually the OPPOSITE way to walk when your intention is STEALTH.
- First, get rid of any noisy equipment or clothing on your person. This is why us soldiers have rubber silencers on our dog tags.
- Now bend at the knees keeping your center of gravity as low as is comfortably possible, but keep your upper body erect. If you hunch forward (like most people naturally do), you’ll commit too much of your body weight to your forward foot.
- Place your hands. palms facing down, at waist height with your arms bent and spread wide to keep your balance and be at the “ready” for your quick kill movement.
- Step forward only about 3 feet at a time and place your TOES of your lead foot softly on the ground in front of you while you rest the majority of your body’s weight on your rear foot (like a common “front snap kick” posture). This allows you to “feel the noise quality” of the surface you’re about to step on because your toes are much more sensitive than your heel.
This also allows you to move or step around any twigs or other noisy obstacles if needed or, if you start to hear it will be too noisy, it’s easier to stop yourself and adjust your body weight back to stop your forward movement and find an alternative stepping surface.
Once your toes are sure of a solid, quiet surface, it’s ok to place your heel softly on the ground and once you’re in range to “attack”, lean forward again on your toes to provide a springing base to launch an explosive assault.
How To Practice This Urban Survival Stealth Skill…
Practice this movement with a friend in different environments (outside on pavement, in the woods, in your own house…) and have them turn with their back to you and their eyes closed to “grade” your stealth skills.
It’s ok to be heard (after all, he’s EXPECTING you to sneak up on him). But have him give you feedback on WHAT he heard so you can become more aware of areas you need to work on to be more silent.
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