Course Offered at: SGRO Karate
2631 Raeford Rd
(Across from Harris Teeter)
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Course created by David Sgro : Former Combatives Instructor to the US Special Forces and the 82nd ABN
Each WAR COURSE is 10 hours long. Each session is 2 hours each. WAR I is a 2 hour course includes “Targets of Opportunity”, “Blocks, Strikes, Kicks”
“5 Color Defense Awareness Zones". The 5 WAR classes DO NOT HAVE TO BE TAKEN IN ORDER, however, to graduate "WAR I" a student has to have completed ALL 5 WAR I CLASSES!
Graduation is a physical test of all material covered and then you
FACE THE REDMAN!
WAR I is a 10 hour course on Strikes, Blocks, Kicks, target areas and SA (Situational Awareness)
WAR II is a 10 hour course on fighting on the ground. Emphasis is on surviving when it goes to the ground.
WAR III is a 10 hour course on using a Stick to defend yourself
The Cooper Color Codes:
Cooper’s Color Codes
The Cooper Color Codes, as Jeff Cooper promulgated them, were not a system for describing levels of potential danger, but rather a technique to enable a law-abiding citizen to overcome a natural reluctance to use lawful deadly force against another. Jeff Cooper: "The color code is not a means of assessing danger or formulating a tactical solution. It is rather a psychological means of overcoming your innate reluctance to shoot a man down. Normal people have a natural and healthy mental block against delivering the irrevocable blow. This is good, but in a gunfight it may well get you killed. The color code enables you to change your state of mind by three steps, each of which enables you to overcome your mental block and take lifesaving action."
The Cooper Color Codes also work in a Self-Defense situation, as the "weapons" either become our body, or a weapon such as a stick or knife.
Cooper’s color code conditions are White, Yellow, Orange, and Red. Black is added:
Condition White: Completely unprepared and unaware of your surroundings. In Condition White you may be in deadly danger and not realize it. If you are attacked in Condition White, you are unlikely to be able to effectively respond and you may be seriously injured or killed. Think of being asleep in your home, doing dishes, watching TV, OR in public on your phone, enjoying coffee with a friend, lost in conversation.
Condition Yellow: State of relaxed alertness and situational awareness. In Condition Yellow although you are not aware of any specific situation that may call for immediate action, you know that you may have to defend yourself today. You understand that the world is full of hazards, many of which are human, and that your readiness to take defensive action can mitigate these threats. If you are attacked in Condition Yellow, you will probably prevail if you are armed and may be able to take effective action even if unarmed.
Condition Orange: In Condition Orange, you become alert to the possibility deadly threat in your immediate environment. In Condition Orange you understand that you may have to shoot a specific threat, right now, today. At this point your normal reluctance becomes easier to overcome because your training tells you that someone is threatening to use unlawful deadly force against you or another innocent. You begin actively looking for threat indicators and start conscious analysis and assessments of potential threats.
Although you remain cognizant of the legal and moral aspects of the situation, you focus your mind on the possible need for immediate defensive action. Looking deep --
what’s in their hands? Are they looking at you or past you? Can you safely leave the area? Should you?
Your hand may establish a firing grip on the pistol, you may draw the pistol at home, but probably not in the shopping mall or other crowded public place. The actions of that threat — standing right there — dictate your next moves.
Condition Red: You have drawn your pistol because you are justified in taking the threat at gunpoint; you can articulate why this is so.
In Condition Red, you have decided to act the instant the threat’s behavior warrants an immediate response. You wait for a trigger or take other lifesaving actions as the totality of the circumstances dictate.
Condition Black: The threat has tripped a final trigger and you must immediately use proportional deadly force to defend yourself, or another innocent person, instantly against an unlawful assault using deadly force upon you or other innocent people; because all other options have been exhausted and we have no alternative but to use lawful deadly force to neutralize the threat.