Ahmed Dogan is the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) party in Bulgaria, which represents ethnic Turks and Muslims in Bulgaria. They are a minority party, and Dogan has been the party leader for about 25 years.
On Saturday, January 19th, Dogan was speaking at a conference being held at the National Palace of Culture (NDK) in Sofia to nominate and elect a new party leader. In other words, Dogan was there in a ceremonial fashion, stepping down and appointing a new leader. If you want to learn more about Dogan and his political activities you can read up about him.
While Dogan was beginning his presentation at the conference, standing at a podium as you do, an armed assailant jumped onstage and pulled a gun out, held it to Dogan’s head and pulled the trigger. The gun apparently misfired or jammed, but in the split second of that occurrence the cameras caught a thing of beauty – the 58 year old Dogan did not duck, cower or panic. He turned, swatted the assailants gun away and drove himself into the attacker’s chest – effectively disarming and disabling him in seconds. Security rushed the staged and took down the gunman, adding a few extra kicks for fun.
It was later revealed the attacker was wielding a gas gun, which is not typically lethal, and he was also sporting a few knives on his person. All well and good for a half-assed attempt at an assassination. However, if you watch the video you will see that in the split seconds of the attack, Dogan had no time or reason to think the gun was anything but the real deal. His reaction shows quick thinking, good training and solid cajones.
If nothing else, this is a great testament to what training will do for you. In this fractional time you cannot plan, think or reason. You have instinct. Train it.