I could not agree more, however it can be done without such extreme training. We teach something we call "Practical Tactical", which is a combination of awareness of one's surroundings, as well as tactical training for your life style. My unit is trained both to react, but to act. Action is always faster than reaction, but action can be defeated by observation, tactics, and mental preparation, as you so wonderfully described. When running search warrants for evidence, or bodies, we must move with the greatest concern for tactical advantage. We have no idea of what is going to pop up in the next room, and we often engage before being engaged. Force of violence is the mantra we live by.
Tactical what ifs games do work,with being vigilant. Work at not being so much creatures of habit. Observation, and anticipation are more realistic for the common man. Your actions above where tied closely to your observation, tactics can be learned to the point of being automatic.
Police Certified Tactical Firearms Instructor - Defensive Tactics Instructor - Concealed Handgun Instructor
Black Dragon Personal Protection/Firearms Training/Unarmed Combat