Awareness, the main way of staying safe on the streets

Without good situational awareness, you could be vulnerable to various types of criminals that tend to prey on people that appear “switched off”.

When it comes to training in Self Defense, one of the first things that should be taught, is “Situational Awareness”
Situational awareness is an essential part of staying safe on the streets

Awareness, one of the main ways of staying safe on the streets


When it comes to training in Self Defense, one of the first things that should be taught, is “Situational Awareness”. This is part of Personal Safety and involves developing good habits that keep you out of trouble when out or in unfamiliar surroundings.

Types of attack, armed or unarmed

Without good situational awareness, you could be vulnerable to various types of criminals that tend to prey on people that appear “switched off”. Or those simply unaware of what is happening around them.

Obviously, you wouldn’t want to wander around in a constant state of paranoia, but neither would you want to walk around totally blinkered and vulnerable. Situational awareness is a learnable process. It’s the learning of good personal safety habits that help you to avoid violence or robbery before it happens.

If you look at muggings, for example, which are often seen as a random attack. They are actually planned well in advance and use various tactics to “ambush” the victim.

Geoff Thompson, Self -Defense expert states,

“Most muggings are not random acts; there is usually a ritual that precedes an attack. The attacker will select his victim, usually someone that is daydreaming or isolated. Often the victim will be stalked seconds, even minutes before the attack. Many professional muggers approach their victims before the attack and ask a distracting/disarming question such as ‘Have you got the time please’ or ‘I’m lost, can you give me directions’. This is done to engage your brain before the attack. It’s a primer. Once engaged the mugger goes to work.”

Geoff Thompson
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What is Personal Safety and why is it different to self-defense?

Personal safety is about how you can avoid a possible conflict by using  common sense
Personal safety is about how you can avoid a possible conflict by using common sense and planning

What is Personal Safety and why is it different to self-defense?

To help answer that question here is a quote from the Combat Academy in the UK

“There is a big difference between self-defense and personal safety. Self-defense is predicated on the fact that you are in a very bad place, to begin with. Things have already gone wrong or escalated and violence has already occurred or is an imminent threat. As such, self-defense is making sure the situation doesn’t get any worse or surviving the encounter – it is damage control, pure and simple. However, no damage control is EVER as good as preventing the problem in the first place. That’s personal safety..”

To be specific …

The difference between personal safety and Self-Defense could be defined as:

Personal Safety is the process of minimizing and controlling your
exposure to potentially dangerous or violent situations, through awareness and planning of actions.

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