When I teach class at the karate school, my usual mat space is on a mezzanine level that overlooks the rest of the school (it is a very big karate school). If you read my earlier post, “Relax, killer” you know how I handle security: Periodic scans, look for things that stand out. What I try to do at the school is place myself so that while my students are doing drills I can see the lobby and front door of the school. If there was going to be trouble, this is where I think it would likely start.
The other night I scan the lobby/front door and see the chief instructor through the door standing outside. Why is he outside? This is our busiest time of the night and he is usually teaching a class on the main mat. Is that his angry face? Oh crap! I give the highest ranking student the next drill and authority over the class and start bolting down the stairs.
I grab one of the other instructors and we both head out the door to find a customer of the business next door shouting at our fellow instructor. No reason to go into specifics of the argument, but we took up positions to backup our instructor and waited for the situation to calm down. The guy wisely never escalated to a physical confrontation which I can assure you would have gone poorly for him.
The only reason I am even telling this story here is because of what one of my students told me. She was in the lobby with the chief instructor’s wife and they were discussing whether to go get any of us to back him up. They decided since it was just the one guy that it wasn’t necessary. A few seconds later my student looks up and sees me running down the stairs. She says she immediately thought to herself, “Oh, Trackerk did his door scan!”
I love that she remembers the lessons I have taught her and that she got to see them in action.
Periodically scan the environment, look for what stands out.