///   Projecting Situational Awareness as Passive Self-Defense

Hwaseong Fortress of Korea /// VinjatekA natural or subtly theatrical show of your situational awareness can act as an incidental preventative form of passive self-defense.

The ultimate objective of self-defense is not to win or overcome, it is to prevent.

-John Cain

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Years ago in preparation for an op, I had to learn the methodology of muggings. Over the course of a couple of weeks somewhere in South America, I did just that, get mugged, repeatedly, on purpose. For research.

There was always my team trailing me for support just in case as “locals”, so I was rarely ever in real danger. But the exercises were real enough.

The most revealing from this research was the targeting methods of these muggers.

I masqueraded as a full-blown tourist as well as disguised as various local types, both with and without broadcasting obvious signs of wealth; jewelry, designer brands, iPhones and cameras.

Once. I only got mugged once. So I switched it up. I turned off my training (or better yet, made it look like I did) to make myself look clueless on the streets.

I made it visible to make it seem like I had no situational awareness. To look lost and confused.

So that was it. It wasn’t being a tourist or a local with money that made me a target, it was the lack of awareness of my immediate situation.

It’s not breaking news but it stuck with me since then that an assailant, or specifically in this case, a mugger, prefers to target obvious weakness over obvious wealth, even when the endgame is financial.

In the beginning, regardless of my impeccable tourist outfits and active urban camouflage, I was on high alert and therefore my situational awareness was projecting. This effectively prevented me from being mugged by way of passive self-defense.



Most street crimes are committed against the easiest prey. Being and visibly projecting situational awareness makes for a harder prey.

While far from the most effective self-defense tactic, it can almost always be “on” to prevent an action against you to begin with. And that is after all the ultimate form of self-defense, prevention.

Even if you’re not adeptly situationally aware at any given scenario, projecting it theatrically can be faked like any purposed outward body language.

Just move with a purpose and act like you belong.

[The featured photo was taken at the Hwaseong Fortress City of Gyeonggi Province, Korea.]

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