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Situational Awareness and COVID 19, Part 2: Red Alert! Cooper's Colour Codes and Managing Stress

The Late, great, Col. Jeff Cooper developed a system of situational awareness which is known as Cooper’s Colour Codes.

The system is a very effective way of classifying how situationally-aware we are. It is also very useful in understanding how the adrenaline and our ability to focus are allocated in response to us being in different codes.

It is a very effective tool used often in self-defence to describe situational awareness, as well as when to switch from one code to another.

But on a societal level, the current COVID 19 pandemic is a fascinating analysis of how people are responding to crisis, and also explains clearly how our ability to make effective decisions is impaired at certain levels, especially if prolonged. Hopefully this article should provide you with some tips and tricks to help you sort through the flow of information and ration your focus and energy to those things that are both important and urgent.

Here we go.


Situational Awareness and COVID 19, Part 1: Self Defence, Preemptive Striking and Social Responsibility

3 Things That ONLY Martial Artists Know... And How You Can Know Them Too

Assumption is the Mother of All Failures... and Can Get You Killed.

The Missing Ingredient in Self Defence

Acceleration and Gauges: Thoughts on Less Commonly Discussed Aspects of Adrenaline Management in Self Defence

Perceptions and Reality, Pt 2: Language Matters

'I Hate Violence': Thoughts on Tools, Idealism and Misconceptions

Trick Question: Where Does Real-World Violence Happen?

Spreadsheets, Processes, Goal Setting and Developing Training Plans

'Roses Really Smell Like': Reasons, Excuses and Recognising Your Own BS

Defending You from You: Self Defence, Defence of Self, and Defence From Self

Not Just a River in Egypt: The Most Dangerous Thing You Say to Yourself is...

The Flip Side: Traditional Martial Arts and Combat Sports ARE Effective for Self Defence...?

Welcome to the After-party: Dealing With the Consequences of Self Defence

Don't Try This at Home: A Common Self Defence Mistake You've Probably Made

Why Are You Here? Thoughts on Challenging Times and the Self Defence Mindset

The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 5 (or 'Titular Tantrums')

The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 4 (or 'The Coach Conundrum')

Situational Awareness Games: Tips and Tricks to Improve your Personal Safety

The Situational Awareness Trap: Do You Know What to Look For?

Under Pressure: Thoughts on Resistance, Contact and Pressure Testing

The Difference Between Life and Death: 2 Stories of Situational Awareness

Eurydice Dixon's Tragic Death: Thoughts on Victim Blaming, Personal Responsibility and Safety

An Elevator Ride That Changed My Life: A Tale About Heart

Bring the Ring to the Street: Self Defence Lessons from Combat Sports

Your High-School Teacher Was Wrong: Thoughts on Multiple Attackers

Van Damme and Krav Maga: What the 80's Got Right!

Let's Settle it! The Best Self Defence System is...

Fast Cars and D*ck Jokes: Getting Ready for Your Krav Maga Grading

Annoying or Dangerous? A Handy Guide to Self Defence Decisions

Permission Granted: On the Willingness to Act in Self Defence

Not Just Like Riding a Bike - Thoughts on Longevity in Self Defence

The Art of Picking Locks - Thoughts on Teaching Martial Arts

The 3 P's of Speed, Part II - Cycles, Resets and Defaults

Etudes for Boxing (or 'Learning How to Make a Great Speech') - Drills for Timing, Range and Self Expression

Yiddish Self Protection, Grandmothers and Some Important Life Lessons

Technical Difficulties, Curricular Conundrums and Adaptive Learning

Fight or Fright, Pt. 2

Fight or Fright, pt. 1

Being a Good Training Partner, Pt. 2 - Roles, Mirrors and Comfort

Being a Good Training Partner, Pt. 1 - Roadmaps and Tools

3 Hilariously Sad Stories of Effort and Reward

'Woof Woof' - Tales of Intent, Confidence, Ego and Dog Poop

Economic Theory and Your Training, Pt. 2 - Lessons From Behavioural Finance

Economic Theory and Your Training, Pt. 1 - There May Be Something Here...

Venn Diagrams and Martial Arts: Tradition, Sport and Self Defence

Lessons From A Tattoo - Attachment, Contentment and Progress in Martial Arts

A Broken Compass: Mayweather Vs McGregor, Morality Vs Curiosity and Combat Sports Vs Martial Arts

The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 3 (or 'Enough Stereotypes Already!')

The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 2 (or 'More Stereotype Fails')

The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 1 (or 'Martial Artist Stereotypes')

Not All Arts Were Created Equal

It's You Vs You, Part 1: Martial Arts Mediocrity, Excellence and Success

How Your Messy Desktop Can Literally Get You Killed!

The Dojo Syndrome Pt. 4 (Or 'Oh No, More Self Defence Fails!)

Why You Should Beat Your Instructors Up

Play Music to Learn How to Fight (or Vice Versa)!

Principles of Pugilistic Propulsion

Alone or Together?

Speed with 3 P's

Is Your Krav Maga Soft?

Sparring in Krav Maga... Should You?

Why You Will Fail to Keep Your New Year's Resolution... And What to do About it!

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