Retired Navy SEAL and former female DIA “intelligence professional” reveal situational awareness training to
bridge the gap between reality and the self-defense
training you’ve already got.
Oversimplified awareness color codes and soundbite advice about “listening to your gut” sound great in a classroom and get heads nodding, but just don’t cut it in the real world.
Color codes and “listening to your gut” is great advice for soldiers who are out on patrol for the 99th time and have the previous 98 experiences to draw on.
But that kind of general situational awareness advice simply doesn’t work for civilians going about their daily life or even soldiers who have transitioned back to life in the US outside of a warzone.
Go into any martial arts school, take any self defense program, or attend any concealed carry class and you’ll hear how the martial skills you’ll learn are important, but that the true key to personal safety is situational awareness.
They can teach you what to do if your situational awareness skills fail, but not how to detect and avoid trouble in the first place.
Oh, sure, they’ll say things like, “look out for bad guys”, “listen to your gut”, “avoid dangerous places”, and “watch your 6”. None of those are wrong, but they aren’t really situational awareness.
They might even talk about being a sheepdog or staying in “condition yellow” instead of “condition white” without having a workable definition of “condition yellow” or a blueprint for how to achieve it.
It creates a situation where situational awareness takes away from everything else in your life. Where you can’t be engaged in a conversation in public because you’re obsessed trying to keep track of what everyone in the room is doing.