How we look says everything about us as an individual, either as a civilian about our daily business or at work and especially as a police officer, soldier or bodyguard. it also says something about us not only as an individual but also as a team, if we are part of a team in any professional endeavour.
Apart from the opportunist who attacks on instinct; on the spur of the moment, predators will often survey their intended targets. This not only happens in the civilian world, but also in in the police, military and security world.
Your drills and focus need to be the same during your leisure time as they are at work. this is not paranoia, just common sense.
Lets look at 'Dress' Whatever your dress code is, it can either help or hinder you in a 'Contact' situation if it has not been thought about or worn correctly.
Do you train in the same type of clothing you wear everyday or the same as you wear at work?
If you struggle to move in your everyday clothes or work clothes, then in a 'contact' situation your performance will be seriously impaired.
How about all of you ladies out there who train. do you train in short skirts, dresses and high heels?
If you are a police officer, soldier or bodyguard, do you wear your belt order, fighting order or any other equipment you carry with the thought of Close Quarter Combat in mind?
Bulky equipment like belt or fighting order, chest rigs, tactical vests and body armour can impair movement, so your training and combat strategy must reflect what you wear.
Like I said at the beginning, how you look speaks volumes about your professionalism, either at work or during your leisure time. It sends out the correct signals to any bad guys out there who may be targeting you.
Training for real in realistic conditions, in similar clothing that you will wear to work and in your leisure time will highlight glaring floors in your defensive and offensive game plan, especially if you only ever train in gym kit.
What I have talked about here are part of the soft skills of being a professional. The outer layer of what people will see when they look at you and observe you as an individual or as a team if working in numbers.
What are you portraying when people look at you?
Are you portraying the correct image in the correct environment?
Combat Focused? Its more than just a saying.