White. Yellow. Orange. Red. Your new favorite colors.

Welcome to situational awareness for women.

Colonel Jeff Cooper’s Color Code of Awareness developed for law enforcement, adapted here for women.


This condition applies when you are by yourself, possibly in the bathtub with a glass of chardonnay. You know your windows and doors are locked and you have zero responsibilities at the moment.

Yes, very few women have this pleasure which is the point. You need to be aware of your surroundings 100% of the time.


This is your awareness every waking moment of your day. If you have children you know the feeling; you check on your children before you retire and when you awake. When you are working in your home, you are aware of their location.

Many women fall out of this when they leave their house, not checking their vehicle’s back seat as they approach, locking their doors immediately after entering, parking in a highly visible location as close to their destination as possible, controlling your children but not at the cost of your personal safety.

One site uses an example of a woman grocery shopping seeing a man following her. She is in White. NO. When you are out and about you are automatically in yellow, always checking your surroundings. And if in doubt, ask for an escort to your vehicle.

This is NOT paranoia, it is common sense personal safety.

Condition Orange

Using grocery shopping as an example, a woman puts her groceries in her vehicle and sees a man approaching, looking at her. She immediately moves to ORANGE, and is ready to react. She reaches into her coat pocket placing her hand on a canister of pepper spray then proceeds to enter her car, lock the doors and leave.

Had the man continued his approach she would have gone to RED and yelled, “Back off” staring him directly in the eye as she proceeded to enter her vehicle, prepared to spray him directly in the face.

The aggression of RED leaves no doubt in a woman’s persona that she is prepared to act in her own defense and not be a passive object.

Please take a moment and view these videos of women in a self-defense class and listen to their aggressiveness. https://www.jonathanmccormick.com/resources/

Read what these Strong Women have to say. https://www.jonathanmccormick.com/strong-women/

“I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it and sometimes you just have to blast through and have faith.” Emma Watson https://www.jonathanmccormick.com/emma-watson-et-al-on-strong-women/

Do not believe that society will protect you. The police are reactive. You must be proactive. It is not difficult if you believe in the Color Code of Awareness and acquire skills.

Read one woman’s journey through the court system expecting justice. https://thewalrus.ca/why-sexual-assault-survivors-are-looking-outside-the-criminal-system-for-justice/

About lazeejjs

Jonathan McCormick holds a Black Belt in Combat Martial Arts. He is a U.S Marine (Inactive), trained with famed CIA operative Rex Applegate and Ultimate Fighter Champion Royce Gracie and was the director of the Institute of Defense Tactics. He is a former member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and worked with members of various law enforcement agencies in the areas of suspect control and officer safety. He has written for law enforcement magazines BlueLine (www.blueline.ca) and Twenty-Four-Seven and has been a guest writer for the Vancouver Province. “Wyoming Secrets”, “30,000 Secrets”, “Santa Barbara Secrets” and The “J” Team Series are inspirational novels which focus on women who feel overwhelmed by the threat of violence in their lives. View the Series
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