Presentation on theme: "Colonel Jeff Cooper. Coopers Mental Awareness Color Codes Colonel Cooper established the Gunsite Academy Was considered the father of modern handgun training."— Presentation transcript:
Colonel Jeff Cooper
Coopers Mental Awareness Color Codes Colonel Cooper established the Gunsite Academy Was considered the father of modern handgun training His precepts also apply to the average person on the street
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
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 dont see it coming you will never get a chance to employ your skills
Why Is this not just Common Sense? First, common sense is not very common We try to avoid violence, that is not the world we want to live in Without mental preparation, an act of violence is abhorrent to civilized people – you are not prepared for it
The Color Codes Condition White Condition Yellow Condition Orange Condition Red No – we are not talking about danger levels – this is not the airport This is how we think to keep ourselves out of danger
Condition White Unaware and unprepared Where we would be in a perfect world Examples: Walking, hands in pockets, cell phone or ipod in the ears Sitting on a park bench reading a novel Driving, already at work mentally Arms full of Christmas presents, in a dark parking lot
Condition White Easily caught by surprise Not reacting to your environment Your skill in martial arts, weapons, running like the wind, etc. does not help because you are not prepared to use those skills
Condition Yellow Relaxed but alert Not paranoid, but aware Hands at your side, head up, looking around Examples: Walking out of Strawberry Mountain Getting your morning paper (if we had one) Sitting in a restaurant What car is following you toward home?
Condition Yellow Dont look like an easy mark Most criminals are cowards If they cannot surprise you, scare you, inflict injury without defense, they will go somewhere else Your response is much faster because you are aware that things are changing around you You distance yourself from corners, dark alleys, troublesome looking characters, surprises This is the state you want to be in at all times
Condition Yellow Examples Strawberry Mountain Parking Lot 2 – 20 year old males pull in behind you Someone enters a restaurant wearing a trench coat
Condition Orange Identifying a specific potential threat Something out of the ordinary now has your attention Time to formulate a plan for evasion, getting the threat to show his hand
Condition Orange Examples The parking lot is empty except for two men smoking The truck follows you through three turns The person is wearing a trench coat, in summer
Condition Orange Time to identify the validity of the threat or extract yourself from the opportunity Formulate the plan for if it is real
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 you You make an unnecessary turn to see if the truck follows You decide to leave the restaurant
Condition Red You know the threat is real Set your limiting condition, mental trigger If your opponents steps over that line, you act! Time for the Combat Mind Set
Condition Red The smokers attentions are on you and they approach – what is your limiting condition? What action will you take if they cross that line?
Condition Red The truck follows – if you are in unfamiliar territory and dont 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?
Condition Red As 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?
Condition Red (or Black) You are engaged with the threat Have the mental checklist ready If he does X, I will do Y If he indicates a threat to life or limb I will respond Evade if possible If not, present the most intense defense There are no points for second place
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 decisions Once the line is crossed, do not hesitate, do not shrink or capitulate, that is the Combat Mind Set
Moral of the Story Stay in condition yellow Be aware of your surroundings Be aware that your risk profile is changing Already have a plan to avoid trouble Visualize your day