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