In my school I often talk about how if you end up in a situation where you have to use your martial arts, you've already screwed up. Situational awareness, good sense and verbal judo should keep you out of most scrapes. I've often heard about how police are "trained observers". What kind of training do LEOs receive? What tricks or techniques could we add to our martial arts training to give us better situational awareness? I've done martial arts a long time. I know several hundred ways to take down an attacker. I'd trade 'em all in for a dozen ways to walk out before that attacker becomes a threat.