Situational awareness is one of the most important skills you will ever develop. And you must develop and practice it because you just can’t buy it in a store. Remember, you can win a fight and still lose your life or be severely injured. Discretion is the better part of valor, so be prepared to avoid trouble as well as you are prepared to face it.
As my son gets older and is interacting more with the world around him, I have been trying to figure out ways to make ‘situational awareness’ a part of his life from an early age. Growing up, my dad didn’t have any particular method to make me pay attention to the details of the world around me as far as I can tell, but he did always pay attention to small details about people. He always pointed out accents, mannerisms, posture, and mood of people we interacted with. My mom always played ‘which of these things is not like the others’ in children’s books, but nothing as it related to other people. ‘I Spy’ in the car was always a popular game in the van. The groundwork was laid, but only as a way to pass the time.
In my adult life and especially after I adopted personal defense on as my primary…
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