Situational Awareness

There is a horrible new game teenagers are playing called ‘Knockout’. Basically, these teenagers try to knockout unsuspecting people with one punch. Several people have been killed. I know we all have busy lives and we are focused on where we have to be, when we have to be there and what we have to do, but this article reminds us to be mindful of our surroundings at all times.

The best option is to avoid situations where this is even a possibility. The next best option is where martial arts training comes in–your reaction speed to either block these punches or get out of the way. Having a firearm would not help you in these scenarios. Yet another of many reasons why self defense training is so important. These innocent people are minding their business going about their lives and these horrible teenagers take advantage of their situational complacency. Don’t be one of those people.

I feel fortunate that my stint in the military has engrained situational awareness in to everything that I do. Just going to the store or a restaurant. How many exits are there and where are they located? What is between me and the exits? What would I do if someone came in and robbed the place? Or mugged someone? Or hit someone? Or started shooting up the place? Sheepdog’s think this way. They assess, avoid, deter or if out of options, deal with threats.


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