What you'll learn
Awareness of self, how we are perceived by others, is a key factor in self protection. Appearance of being confident (so as to not mark yourself as an easy target), and appearing switched on (so as to greatly reduce the possibility of an ambush style attack) along with being aware of your location (potential danger zones and safe havens) all play a large role in your own safety.
Tactics for avoidance
Tactics for dissuading it from getting physical and putting yourself at a tactical advantage if required:
Managing the physical space in a conflict both by physical and verbal means is paramount for enabling as positive an outcome as possible. Learning to control the situation at a conversation range and having an understanding of the possibilities for both the instigator and their target is something that is so often either misunderstood or not even touched on in training.
Intervention not escalation
Tactics for the use of techniques to deal with violence with reasonable force and efficiency:
When things have come to a point when avoidance (Situational Awareness) and verbal dissuasion (Conflict Management) have failed and violence is unavoidable its of utmost importance to have an understanding of what techniques can and should be used, and the ability to use them under pressure, showing reasonable force with a willingness to disengage if safe and possible, practicing exiting post encounter.
When incidents escalate
COOPER'S COLOUR CODE
Learn the correct combat mindset
The Cooper Colour Code was first used by United States Marine Jeff Cooper and focuses on the correct combative mindset for military action, but is equally applicable to civil self protection.
There are four levels of alertness - White, Yellow, Orange and Red.
A state of relaxed alertness. There is no specific threat but one is aware of the world's dangers and prepared to defend himself/herself and his personal Principal when required. Overall, this state requires the bodyguard to be relaxed yet alert.
Code referring to a specific alert. Having noted a potential threat, one has to evaluate his or her sources. To run, fight or wait.
Code referring to the threat having escalated and one has to fight, based on the decisions made in Code Orange.
A state where you are totally switched off. 95% of people usually are in this state, living in their own bubble. This is the most dangerous state for your personal security.
THE OODA LOOP
Observe, Orient, Decide, Act
The OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) is a four-step approach to decision-making that focuses on filtering available information, putting it in context and quickly making the most appropriate decision while also understanding that changes can be made as more data becomes available.