Awareness is the state or ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects or sensory patterns. In this level of consciousness, sense data can be confirmed by an observer without necessarily implying understanding. More broadly, it is the state or quality of being aware of something. In biological psychology, awareness is defined as a human’s or an animal’s perception and cognitive reaction to a condition or event.
1. Turn off the chatterbox of your mind. You won’t be be sharp and aware if you’re caught up in the drama of your own internal dialogue.
2. Always look for and make a mental note of the exits, entrances, and potential weapons in any situation you go into – and remember: ANYTHING can be a Weapon. Do a Rear zone sweep: turn at your waist; look at your watch, stop and window shop. Bend down to your side to tie your shoe.
3. Visual Sweep with a “ Z pattern”
Sweep upper zone, then middle zone.
Then lower zone, on a “Z pattern”.
This will allow you see everything in the range of sight. Including whats on your peripheral vision. Practice peripheral vision perception. Look straight ahead at a restaurant and see how much to the left and right of you can make out what’s happening without moving your eyes. This expands your width of vision so you can see what and who is coming your way. Then also utilize your “Z” sweep.
4. Soften your eyes and have a slight smile to conceal your keen perception while you notice who sizes you up, who may be staring at your date or companion, who’s concealing their own tactical awareness. With strangers you speak with, consciously notice their cultural, demographic, attitudes, body type and personality specifics. Don’t fixate on any of it. Simply notice it.
5. Dress tactically for perception and functionality, so you can blend in or stand out if you want to, and so you can move unhindered.
6. Depending on the laws of wherever you are, choose the weapon you carry according to environment, and your clothing. If you’re playing volleyball at the beach, a Glock 19 is not as a well-secured at the waistline as a Seecamp or other pocket pistol, or even a small tactical folder.
7. Notice how people move, carry, and hold their own bodies, and you’ll have a good indicator of how they fight.
8. Stay relaxed, flexible, and eager to avoid violence, but always be ready to attack quickly and with HORRIFIC BRUTALITY if necessary.
9. Begin practicing “tactical choice” in all situations – always choose the positioning, thinking, and setting that is most tactically optimal. Break the coincidence factor for being followed: when walking, cross the street and make a left turn. Cross the street again and make another left turn. Then cross the street again making another left turn.
Note: This can be done while you are driving also.
BOTTOM LINE, KNOW YOUR SUROUNDINGS AT ALL TIMES!