Contextual Cognition: Mental Agility, Preparation & Planning Skills


Chris Cypert

Chris Cypert

Lead Instructor

Class Description

Technical self-defense skills are important, but by themselves insufficient. Sound judgment, threat-recognition, poise, mental agility, rapid critical-thinking, and decisiveness are qualities that profoundly impact our ability to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Contextual Cognition: Mental Agility, Preparation & Planning Skills is an 8 hour presentation and discussion examining the mental processes by which a self-defender can improve their chances of success in potentially or actually violent encounters. The goal is to provide students with cognitive tools that will help them to avoid, deter, recognize, and dominate potentially dangerous encounters by maximizing a strong “mental game.” Topics of discussion include self-awareness, effects of stress on decision-making, Boyd’s Patterns of Conflict and O.O.D.A principles, demystifying novel stimuli, Recognition-Primed Decision Making, risk assessment/management, contingency planning, visualization techniques, use of subterfuge and psychological disruption in conflict, and more.

Gear List

  • Note Taking Materials
  • Hydration/Snacks

Cancelation Policy

The only way we can know that a class is full is when the specified number of students have registered and paid their tuition fees. Once a class is full, we have to turn away others who would like to attend. If you cancel too close to class, or fail to show up for class, you keep someone else from attending and would cost us a student. Please be sure you can attend a class before signing up for it. We believe this policy is fair to you, to other students, and to us. In order to minimize this, we have strict policies on pre-payment and cancellation.

To secure a slot in a course full payment is required (unless otherwise specified). If a deposit is made, the balance will be due 30 days before the course starts. Cancellations by a student inside the thirty day window will be non-refundable but creditable to another Citizens Defense Research class anywhere the student wishes to train, within 18 months of the cancellation. Cancellations by students the week of the course will be non-refundable and will receive no credit. Cancellations by Citizens Defense Research will be fully refunded within 14 calendar days.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

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