Situational awarness came up in another thread, some people think its a valuable tool, others not so valuable, and I was wondering the forums opinions on it. I myself beleive it is a very valuable tool, we even have drills in Systema to enhance such a skill. A little while back Bill mattocks wrote a thread about a time he stopped off for a bite to eat, and his ability to read a situation and people, he was able to avoid a potentially violent situation. Noticing the signs of danger before they arise is only one part of this awarness, the other is noticing tensions in an opponents body or stance that can give away their intensions, i.e certain tensions in the shoulder can give away your opponents intension to punch, and the tension of a feint can be very different to the tension of an actual strike, and of course training in knife attack, should help you to recognise the danger movement of someone with a knife, even deeper than that, you can spot the body language of a person concealing a weapon especially if they are not proficeint or have little experience with such weapons, its not 100%, but neither is anything else we train, but it may just be the difference berween avoidance, having to control a situation, or having to go to the awlful senario of destroy. Any opinions, or experiences you would like to share.