Situational Awareness Alert Codes and How It Protects You

This is my first training article of 2019 and yes, I do realise that we are nearly halfway through February!

We have been busy, busy with me teaching private lessons and private self defence courses to people on the local area along with filming 3 ‘Fighting Sticks’ DVD’s and my sister Jane from England stayed with us for 3 weeks.

This knocked my writing routine back a bit.

Sydney Visit

Nearly forget…Patricia and Jane spent a fabulous week discovering Sydney with Patricia’s brother Oliver who lives there and is a state of the art IT guy whom we have asked to sort a few things out on our computers more than once.

Here is a photo of them enjoying Sydney:

You can tell it’s Sydney because of the opera house (English humour)!

Well, that’s the positive side, however the negatives keep coming and we must not be dragged down by the following stats; we must ensure that we incorporate Situational Awareness in our lives… so that we can avoid an attack.

UK Crime Statistics

So, here are the stats:

UK Figures 2017

  • 68,968 robbery offences, up 29%
  • 138,045 sex offences, up 23%
  • 37,443 knife crime offences, up 21%
  • 1,291,405 violent crime offences, up 20%
  • 1 in 4 PCSO Jobs Lost in England and Wales
  • 3 in 5 PCSO Jobs lost in London
  • Lowest number of Police Officers in 22 years

Police numbers have hit a historic low, recorded crime is rising faster than ever before and more and more criminals are walking free.

I haven’t got the stats for 2018 or for Australia at this time but I am pretty sure that crime is up here as well.

Situational Awareness Alert State Colour Codes

So what do we do?

As I said earlier, we need to incorporate situational awareness in our daily lives.

One of the best ways is to use alertness colour codes.

I have just started to implement colour codes as designed by Colonel Jeff Cooper pictured below (Wikipedia).

Here is the information on Google for you.

If it’s used by the military and law-enforcement agencies around the world then it’s good for us at Combat Self Defence and Filipino Kyusho Noosa.

So, what are the colour codes that we should live by:





Most people conduct themselves in alert code WHITE unfortunately.

This is where they are oblivious to what is going on around them.

They may be distracted with their mobile phones, headphones on not focusing on the moment and giving out signals that they are an easy victim.

Don’t let this be you!

We should incorporate situational awareness in alert code YELLOW where we are mindful of what is going on around us and getting ready to step up to code ORANGE if you have recognised a threat.

My Next Specialised Self Defence Course

I will be going through these alert codes not only in my classes but on my next specialised course which is:

“Protect You and Your Family Against Attacks With Weapons – Sticks, Knives and other Types of Weapons”

The course takes place on Saturday 23rd February 2019 at Noosa Leisure Centre from 1pm until 3pm.

It’s open to non-students as long as they are 12 years or older.

Call, text or email to book your place.

Til next time stay safe.

Shihan Martin Day 7th Dan.

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