the adrenal rush effects self defense!
It has been my experience over the
last 36 years of studying and teaching the martial arts that
the number one factor in effective self defense is dealing with
the adrenal rush which is the natural result of aggression.
This 'adrenaline dump' as we call
it, can have devastating effects on our minds and body. For
self defense to be effective in the real world, this single
factor (the adrenal rush) must be addressed and recognized for
what it is and what it does.
One of the major flaws of most traditional
training is that the entire concept of the adrenal rush is either
ignored or not even addressed. My experience has shown that
most traditional instructors aren't even aware of the effects
of adrenaline in the self defense arena. I was there too, not
many years ago.
While there is a number of excellent
self defense programs in the United States that teach adrenal
stress response training, many instructors choose not experience
the training themselves. This may be due to the fear that they
might put themselves in what they may consider a vulnerable
position because of the unknown factor. Master instructors aren't
comfortable, for the most part, in allowing outside instructors
into their school.
Just a few of the devasting effects
of the adrenal rush in self defense situations are tunnel vision,
auditory exclusion, loss of fine motor coordination, body shakes
as well as a limited amount of cognitive thinking ability. If
we just consider two factors, the loss of fine motor skills
and the limited ability to think clearly, I think you can see
you easily get yourself in trouble if they are not addressed.
During my thirty six plus years of
training I have continued to consider the stress of a real street
attack in my self defense program. While we thought we were
keeping things pretty simple, it wasn't until I had the opportunity
to attend an adrenal stress response seminar that I could fully
appreciate how ineffective most traditional techniques are.
Since that time I have gotten involved
with this technology to where we teach it in seminar format
in our school. Additionally I have become Vice President of
the International F.A.S.T. Defense Association. My partner and
the group's president, Bill Kipp is the cheif instructor for
F.A.S.T. Defense as well as the Rocky Mountain Combat Applications
Training Center in Colorado.
Street Self Defense 101, a two video
set has been produced with the concepts of adrenal stress response
training in mind. The videos are a result of years of streamlining
and focusing our training to simple, direct and effective techniques
that work on the street. You can read more about this at Street