Situational Awareness is an attribute we stress very much – from a self defense perspective, it keeps us from having to use the physical skills we usually associate with martial arts (and the damage tha can come from it on multiple levels).
ITS Tactical recently posted a link on the subject; and the folks over at Stickgrappler
have posted a great article, which ties in to the use of a color system (outlined below).
THE PROTECTION LADDER AND LEVELS OF AWARENESS
FIGHT OR FLIGHT
THE PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE
RESPONSE TO THREAT
MAKING A DECISION
BASIS FOR PERSONAL SECURITY
AWARENESS – EVALUATION – AVOIDANCE
LACK OF AWARENESS
THE VICTIM SYNDROME
Take the time to read the insightful articles. Let me know what you think.