your self defence work in a real attack?
So you have been training for
a couple of years now. You have repeadedly practiced your self
defence techniques so that they come easy to you. You don't
have to think about them at all. They just flow.
You figure that if you are attacked
on the street your self defence techniques will save you. But
are you sure?
Adrenal stress response experts
say that you can only recall about five different self defence
techniques or strikes when you are under a full adrenaline rush.
The reason is that much of your cognitive thinking is unavailable
to you as your heart beat exceeds certain levels. This happens
as blood is sent to the arms, legs and torso to put you in the
best fight or flight defense.
I can tell you from personal experience
that it's hard to think at all when "adrenalized" and under
attack. During hundreds of self defence, classroom simulations
and that I have personally been involved with both as a student
and instructor, I have seen traditional techniques fail to work
against a padded assailant. This partly is true due to their
complexity but also because of the number of techniques or 'steps'
required in many of these defences.
There is no way I can tell you
if the number is five or it's three or six or seven but I can
tell you for certain that under a strong adrenal rush, or 'dump'
as we call it, there is a good chance you will not be able to
execute your standard self defence techniques that you have
been practicing in the dojo or dojang. For more on this see