Sheriff Jim

Amazing Powers of Observation

There's a difference between looking and seeing--one has to do with letting light into the eyes, the other has to do with actually observing what is going on around you.

Aiming for 'Condition Yellow:' A Lesson in Awareness

Every defense-minded citizen always ought to be in Condition Yellow, but that's not always possible, as Sheriff Jim explains.

The Importance of Situational Awareness

Col. Jeff Cooper proposed four levels of alertness to describe the various stages of paying attention, but how do they relate to daily activities?

The Importance of Awareness and Avoidance for Personal Defense

As recent events have made us all aware, staying away from bad things—of any type—is a better idea than getting involved with an unknown.

What is the Greatest Defensive Skill?

You can say what you want to about your favorite defensive school or those advanced-fighting techniques you learned, but the greatest defensive skill that a person can develop is simply awareness. I will freely admit that developing effective awareness is anything but simple, but being able to spot trouble before it is close enough to get in your face will certainly save you from a lot of trouble and possibly even some pain and grief.

Situational Awareness for Personal Defense

Sheriff Jim talks about situational awareness, the Cooper Color Code and why individuals need to stay alert.

How to Avoid Being a Victim

A huge component of personal defense is knowing how to avoid getting into a dangerous situation in the first place. Sheriff Jim has a few tips that will prevent you from being a victim.

The 3 Keys to a Defensive Mindset

Gunsite Academy Instructor Ed Head discusses the three keys to a proper defensive mindset. Do you practice each of these elements?

The Most Important Self-Defense Skills You Can Have

There are a number of self-defense skills that are great for the prepared individual to know, but Sheriff Jim zeroes in on what he considers the two most important.

Looking & Assessing: An Essential Element of Defensive Training

During training, many shooters feign that look-and-assess movement at the end of a shooting string...but do they really mean it? Here's why it's important to check your surroundings, even when practicing.

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