Safety Tips from Austin Self Defense


Nationwide, there is a rape every six minutes. A woman is beaten every 18 seconds; three to four million are battered every year. Three out of four women will be the victims of at least one violent crime during their lifetime. In over one-half of reported rapes, the rapist is an acquaintance, neighbor, friend or relative.


On Dates:

  • Date with friends before accepting a single date.
  • Be assertive if you are being humiliated. Make a scene and/or run away
  • Trust your INSTINCTS

At Home:

  • Use peepholes to identify people before opening the door
  • Require identification from service providers.
  • Don’t let anyone you don’t know well inside your residence to use the phone; make the call for them.
  • Avoid being in isolated areas such as laundries or parking garages by yourself, especially at night
  • Have a telephone readily available near your bed for quick use at night.

In Public

  • Stay in well-lighted areas, away from alleys, bushes, and entryways.
  • Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace.
  • Walk on the side of the street facing traffic.
  • If a driver stops to ask directions, avoid getting near the vehicle
  • If you are in trouble, attract help any way you can. Yell, call for help, shout "fire", or break a window.
  • Above all, be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, even those you know.

*** Most importantly – Learn how to defend yourself should the need arise unexpectedly. The Police will most likely only be there to help after the assault has already taken place. Your life and families life relies on your abilities to defend a vicious assault.***


color codes for combat readiness

Understanding the "color code of combat" is a first step to being able to fully implement your self-defense skills in real life. Colonel Jeff Cooper, a combat firearms expert, originally developed these Color Codes. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the codes. You need to etch these colors and their meaning into your mind. Success in combat/survival-defense relies more on an aware/alert mindset than any other combative element. There are four (4) colors in the code: White, Yellow, Orange and Red. As you progress from one color to the next you become better prepared to deal with specific threats. Click here for a more detailed version of the color code system.


Condition White: You are unaware of what’s going on around you. Perhaps you’re tired, or worried about work or school. Maybe your senses are impaired by alcohol or drugs. Either way, you are not ready–for anything.
Condition Yellow: You are alert but calm and relaxed, scanning your surroundings for threats. You know who’s in front of you, to your sides, and behind you. You don’t think anyone will attack, but you are mentally ready in case something happens.
Condition Orange: You sense that something is not right, and that you might be attacked. Perhaps there’s a number of suspicious men standing around your car. Or in the classic Jeff Cooper example, a guy wearing a raincoat comes into your shop on a sweltering summer day. What’s wrong with this picture?
In Orange, you are aware of the positions of all potentially hostile people around you, as well as any weapons they may be able to use–in their hands or within reach. You are developing a plan for dealing with the potential hostiles: "…first I take out the guy with the bat, then the big guy near the truck…" You have also identified multiple escape routes, depending on what response you will use. In addition to being mentally ready, you are physically ready as well.

Condition Red: The fight is on. Someone is assaulting you and you are reacting to the attack and defending yourself. You are taking immediate and decisive action to stop your opponent, flee, or get help.

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