Situational awareness = Safety

Why awareness is so critical

Awareness is one of the most critical skills you can learn here at the A.C.W.A. Self Defense Academy!  That might seem odd at first to some of you as you likely expected me to list some physical skill as most critical, but let me explain.

According to Wikipedia: Awareness in psychology, is a concept about knowing, perceiving and being cognizant of events.

Perceiving that an event is about to go south before it actually does, gives you the greatest number of opportunities and the best chance of a favorable outcome. Awareness therefore offers us the best fighting chance if you will. Basically the better your awareness, the safer you are.

To illustrate this further, let’s look at a quick example. You could be the fastest runner in the world, but if you’re not paying attention to the world around you, and wonder into a busy street (not noticing the traffic) and get hit by a car, your speed won’t save you. Your lack of situational awareness prevented you from using your speed and skill as a runner to escape the threat.

The same goes for personal defense. You could train 8 hrs. a day (and be the hardest you know what in town), but if you’re not aware of a violent situation until it’s in your face, it might be to late to do anything ideal about it. Awareness is therefore critical to your survival and safety and should be integrated (as we teach) into every training session.


Every Self Defense Program Should Include This

We train our students to have an increased sense of the world around them and drill it often.

If your self defense program isn’t teaching you that, perhaps think twice about the program!

This allows them to spot potential issues and avoid them all together. If avoidance is not possible, at least they have as much notice as possible to make decisions if a situation is devolving rapidly.

How train situational awareness

There are some simple things you can do each day as your out and about our even driving that will make you more mindful of the world around you.

One easy drill to build your situational awareness it to simply look at the front of the cars that drive by you. If you live in a state where front license plates are required, start to look for them and more specifically, look for cars that don’t have them! You may have never noticed this before, but once you start to look, you start to see things differently.

Make some mental notes as to:

– What types of cars do you notice not having front plates?

– Are they new or old?

– Sports cars or luxury cars?

– Do any patterns crop up?

To sum it up

Paying attention to simple things like the license plates on a car when you’re driving or stopped in traffic, is a simple yet powerful reminder that we see many things but don’t always notice them until we actually pay attention.

So the real question is, what else are you missing out on that is also happening right in front of you that you would catch if you were more aware?

This my friends is why we train differently here at the A.C.W.A. and firmly integrate awareness drills into everyday classes. Call us today to come see for yourself what we have to offer: 469-939-2462

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Train Hard, Stay Safe,

Justin E.