2 Cooper’s Mental Awareness Color Codes Colonel Cooper established the Gunsite AcademyWas considered the father of modern handgun trainingHis precepts also apply to the average person on the street
3 Why do we Care?The color codes of mental awareness will keep you OUT of trouble!They will also help you to recognize when you are in trouble
4 I carry a gun, know martial arts What you carry, what you know is not of much use when you give the first shot to the other guy“Lose sight, Lose the Fight”Chances are, if you don’t see it coming you will never get a chance to employ your skills
5 Why Is this not just Common Sense? First, common sense is not very commonWe try to avoid violence, that is not the world we want to live inWithout mental preparation, an act of violence is abhorrent to civilized people – you are not prepared for it
6 The Color Codes Condition White Condition Yellow Condition Orange Condition RedNo – we are not talking about danger levels – this is not the airportThis is how we think to keep ourselves out of danger
7 Condition White Unaware and unprepared Where we would be in a perfect worldExamples:Walking, hands in pockets, cell phone or ipod in the earsSitting on a park bench reading a novelDriving, already at work mentallyArms full of Christmas presents, in a dark parking lot
8 Condition White Easily caught by surprise Not reacting to your environmentYour skill in martial arts, weapons, running like the wind, etc. does not help because you are not prepared to use those skills
9 Condition Yellow Relaxed but alert Not paranoid, but aware Hands at your side, head up, looking aroundExamples:Walking out of Strawberry MountainGetting your morning paper (if we had one)Sitting in a restaurantWhat car is following you toward home?
10 Condition Yellow Don’t look like an easy mark Most criminals are cowardsIf they cannot surprise you, scare you, inflict injury without defense, they will go somewhere elseYour response is much faster because you are aware that things are changing around youYou distance yourself from corners, dark alleys, troublesome looking characters, surprisesThis is the state you want to be in at all times
11 Condition Yellow Examples Strawberry Mountain Parking Lot 2 – 20 year old males pull in behind youSomeone enters a restaurant wearing a trench coat
12 Condition Orange Identifying a specific potential threat Something out of the ordinary now has your attentionTime to formulate a plan for evasion, getting the threat to show his hand
13 Condition Orange Examples The parking lot is empty except for two men smokingThe truck follows you through three turnsThe person is wearing a trench coat, in summer
14 Condition OrangeTime to identify the validity of the threat or extract yourself from the opportunityFormulate the plan for if it is real
15 Condition Orange Example: You start for the car (with keys in hand) and the smokers attention shifts to you; or you decide to find someone else to escort youYou make an unnecessary turn to see if the truck followsYou decide to leave the restaurant
16 Condition Red You know the threat is real Set your limiting condition, mental triggerIf your opponents steps over that line, you act!Time for the Combat Mind Set
17 Condition RedThe smokers attentions are on you and they approach – what is your limiting condition? What action will you take if they cross that line?
18 Condition RedThe truck follows – if you are in unfamiliar territory and don’t know where the police station is, what is your plan?There is a stop light ahead. If they climb out of their car what will you do?
19 Condition RedAs you prepare to leave the restaurant the potential threat pull a weapon from under their coat and points it at the cashier. What will you do?The perpetrator signal you to come to the register. Where is your line in the sand? What action will you take when he crosses it?
20 Condition Red (or Black) You are engaged with the threatHave the mental checklist readyIf he does X, I will do YIf he indicates a threat to life or limb I will respondEvade if possibleIf not, present the most intense defenseThere are no points for second place
21 Is This Where You Want To Be? Alertness, preparation, following the thought process for awareness will hopefully keep you from ever having to make such decisionsOnce the line is crossed, do not hesitate, do not shrink or capitulate, that is the Combat Mind Set
22 Moral of the Story Stay in condition yellow Be aware of your surroundingsBe aware that your risk profile is changingAlready have a plan to avoid troubleVisualize your day