Dangerous situations can happen to anyone—even when you’re playing it safe. No one ever truly expects to find themselves in danger, so it’s important to prepare yourself for any scenario that may require you to take your life into your own hands.
That’s why former CIA agent Jason Hanson has dedicated his life to teaching people simple—but effective—tricks that anyone can use to escape from a life-or-death predicament. Everyone should memorize these techniques—because one day, they could very well save your life!
It’s always a good idea to be prepared for dangerous situations, no matter how unlikely they seem. You may never have to save yourself from being kidnapped, for instance, but if you do find your hands tied, you’ll be glad you read this…
Jason Hanson was a CIA agent for years and he saw plenty of intense situations unfold while he was on the job. So, he taught a few reporters from the Fox 11 Los Angeles news crew some basic tips for escaping a kidnapping—and these could help you.
Jason first bound his own wrists with duct tape. He wrapped them extra tight because that’s exactly how it would feel for anyone in a kidnapping situation. He then quickly demonstrated his technique—and the reporters were shocked. Was it really as easy as he made it look?
Jason wrapped the wrists of both female correspondents. Once their wrists were securely wrapped, he instructed them to raise their hands over their heads and jerk them downward quickly, pulling her wrists apart as they did so.
Amazingly, the tape snapped apart quite easily! The women couldn’t believe the method worked so well. The force of both arms moving downward and away from each other was enough to tear through several wrapped layers of tape.
Next, the former CIA agent bound the hands of just one female news anchor with rope. Rope, unlike duct tape, wouldn’t rip, so it would take a completely different technique in order to escape. If you know the trick, however, escaping from rope is totally manageable.
Jason tied the rope tight. He made sure the correspondent’s wrists were completely incapable of sliding out. Again, he tried to mimic the exact situation in a real-life kidnapping scenario.
Next, Jason pulled out a long, thin rope that resembled a shoelace. It was called a para-cord, and according to Jason, this unassuming instrument was the key to escaping the rope binds. But how exactly did it work?
Jason instructed the anchor to sit down in a nearby chair. First, he threaded the para-cord directly through the thick rope around her hands. A para-cord might be the ideal instrument in this situation, but in a real-life kidnapping, your shoelace would work just as well.
Jason then looped the para-cord around both of the anchor’s feet. Obviously, if you were in this situation, you’d have to finagle the laces around your shoes yourself, and it takes quite a bit of dexterity. Jason suggested that people practice this method on their own.
After Jason was done tying up his “victim,” he asked her to escape. She struggled for a few moments trying to get her hands free, and then she gave up. Jason then finally revealed the trick: move your legs as if riding a bicycle!
The anchor started to cycle her legs as if she was sitting on a stationary bicycle, and sure enough, the motion gradually loosened the rope. Within several minutes, she was able to squeeze both hands out and escape!
The next piece of equipment Jason showed the news crew was a tactical pen. This wasn’t the kind of pen you’d write with, however; this was specifically used to escape from life-or-death situations by injuring your captor.
Jason instructed both women on how to properly hold the pen so it would inflict the most damage possible. Holding it so it lays across the width of your palm is the most efficient way. It gives you the quickest and most powerful striking force.
Jabbing this metal instrument into the ribs, neck, or eyes of an attacker will offer a window of opportunity to escape. The jab inflicted likely won’t be lethal, but it should hopefully buy you enough time to reach a place for help.
The next and last piece of advice Jason gave viewers was how to escape from the trunk of a car even if you’re locked inside with your hands bound together. He first tied one of the anchor’s hands tightly with several layers of duct tape.
Then, almost without warning, he scooped her up in his arms and swung around to face the open trunk. He advised curling up as much as possible before being placed inside to avoid head injuries from the trunk’s opening.
He gently placed the startled, but amused, anchor into the trunk, and he slammed it closed. She was left in complete darkness. Now, this might seem like an impossible situation to get out of, but it actually isn’t…
As soon as the trunk clicked shut, Jason and the other hosts anxiously watched from the outside. Jason started giving the captive anchor verbal commands, and suddenly, within seconds, the trunk popped open and she stepped out. How exactly did she do it?
Even though the chances of being kidnapped are slim, these tips are incredibly useful. It takes someone like an ex-CIA operative to reveal how to escape from situations as dangerous as these. Just learn how to escape from duct tape, rope, and a locked car trunk…
We hope to never find ourselves in a position where we might have to use these tricks, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
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