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The only guaranteed method of surviving a violent encounter is to avoid it in the first place. 

  • Did you know you're seventy times more likely to be injured in a violent crime then you are in a house fire? Yes, 70.
  • Did you know most assaults are committed by 'experienced' criminals? Meaning, it's not their first time. 
  • Did you know, statistically there's usually more than one attacker?

It is common for the outnumbered victim to be knocked down or ‘taken’ to the ground, Multiple attackers mean angles, weapons and levels of attack increase exponentially. 

  • Did you know in just one zip code with a five-mile radius locally there were over 530 sexual predators/offenders (You can do a search in your own neighborhood here:  Offender Search. )


It's not the criminal's first time assaulting us - but usually, it's our first time being attacked - or certainly it's a surprise. An attack first happens to the mind. This is an unsettling truth.  In fact, in mid-brain or animal brain (the place our minds go in a threat situation), we may not even believe what's happening - we'll be in shock. And while you've heard of fight or flight response to shock, did you know there are also other options your body might choose? We will discuss what our bodies (and minds) may choose to do during that threatand what we can do to mitigate the fear. 


Do you watch the gas pump video while getting gas?

Do you look at your phone while you walk across the parking lot?

Do you use a public parking garage?

Are you friendly to strangers?  

Do you open the door when the bell rings?


It is important to remember to keep ourselves safe from a violent encounter we must pay attention. That simple act combined with some avoidence techniques can reduce our risk of violence 100-fold. 


The three possible outcomes - avoidence, escape and defense share a key element, and that is that seconds count!  

Avoid:  1-5 minutes

Escape: 30+ seconds

Defend: 3-5 seconds

You can see pretty quickly that being unaware of our surroundings doesn't leave us with too many options. 


We will teach you how to scan the environment, sense danger, challenges and opportunities, while maintaining the ability to conduct normal activities.  In other words, to pay attention to your surroundings while not appearing to be paying attention. In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even 30 seconds before everyone else, can keep you and your loved ones safe.

We'll review: 

  • Cooper's Color Code
  • Pre-planning and preparation
  • Initial assessment; Monitor the baseline
  • Fight the normalcy bias and avoid focus locks
  • Behavioral clusters
  • Less than lethal defensive options
  • And much more...


This class will give you a roadmap of how to 'scenario-out' your personal defense plan. 

We give you priceless information, physical and mental tools, and real-world, workable habits to raise your everyday situational awareness to gain those precious seconds - when seconds count. 


You'll never know for the rest of your life whether or not you just avoided a violent crime or whether you overreacted.  Personally, we can live with that.  



Call 727-344-9356 or email with your questions!




Threat Avoidance

  • 6:00pm -8:30pm 
    Seminole/Largo area
    No walk-ins at this time.  Address will be provided on confirmation.


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