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Imagine this: You're pumping gas and suddenly, you find yourself in a confrontational situation with an aggressive individual. What would you do?




Scenarios like this are not just hypothetical; they're the reality that many face. Scenarios and decision-making skills can play a pivotal role in preparing for these critical moments. If you are interested in personal safety, understanding how to navigate and make effective decisions in such scenarios is paramount.


When faced with a potential threat, decision-making becomes critical. Should you engage verbally? Maintain distance? Escalate or de-escalate the situation? Should I use pepper spray? When should I bring more lethal options into the scenario? Effective decision-making in self-defense is not just about situational awareness, but also how to react to the information we are processing. It is also not just about reacting; it's about making informed choices based on the circumstances at hand.


As we look at what makes strong decision-making skills, these are some of the factors we look at:


Situational Awareness: Observing our environment and patterns.

Risk Assessment: Quickly evaluating the level of threat and potential consequences.

Understanding Legal Boundaries: Knowing when and how force can be justified under the law.

Adaptability: Being able to adjust tactics based on evolving situations.

Communication: Effectively communicating intentions and boundaries.


This is where scenarios come into our training mix. Scenarios are invaluable. They allow role-players to simulate real-life situations, creating a safe environment to practice responses. By engaging in scenarios, individuals can refine their awareness, threat assessment, and decision-making abilities under pressure. Each scenario presents unique challenges, requiring split-second judgments and adaptive tactics which are not practiced in traditional square ranges.


We also need to evaluate our decisions when applying various levels of force. Understanding the ethical implications of deploying force is crucial. Training should emphasize the importance of proportionality, necessity, and minimizing harm. Ethical decision-making ensures that force is only used when absolutely necessary for protection and what is the appropriate level of force.


We have only had the opportunity to do Force-on-force scenarios a few times, the first not quite a decade ago. Last year, we had the opportunity to work with Citizens Defense Research to various scenarios in various environments. This year, we had the opportunity to train with KR Training. Karl Rehn did a great job in facilitating this class allowing us to do over two dozens scenarios. We recommend either course work! These are usually difficult classes to fill compared to the typical ‘shooting’ class.




Yet, in a recent (small sample) poll done through us, decision-making was seen as the number one(unequivocally) training desire.


Where else can you get so many reps to help you make solid choices for our real-life encounters?

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