The Adrenal Rush
One question I am commonly asked
is after all the years of doing this work do I still get the
adrenal rush? My answer is an emphatic 'Yes'. In fact I invite
the adrenal rush, so as to have all that power as a source of
defensive action should I need it.
That doesnít mean I will need
it, only that I will have it available should the need arise.
Besides, the adrenal rush is supposed to occur as a means to
help us deal with stressful situations. The adrenal rush is
there to help us. Why deprive ourselves of millennia of human
A few years back I began to notice
that before I would fight the padded assailant, I would clear
my mind of any preconceived notions of specific techniques or
reactions that I might use. I call this 'getting out of my own
way' to allow the pure flow of adrenaline, spontaneous reaction,
and spirit do the trick. Next I would literally invite the adrenal
rush to occur in my body. This feels like a warm current of
electric energy coursing up my spine.
The final step is to commit to
explode 110% when necessary, particularly through a strong voice
in which the adrenaline is catalyzed into physical action. But
adrenal stress response training is designed to give you a safe
and controlled step by step methodology to condition the 'go
for it' use of adrenaline appropriately. This carries over into
real life situations where you donít have the time to consciously
prepare, but must react instinctively. The stories abound of
students effectively dealing with very scary situations after
taking this type of training.
The problem with most people is
that without proper training this powerful bio chemical and
even emotional reaction can ork against them. Untrained people
often react disproportionately to the problem, either by under
reacting, (passive) or by over reacting, (aggressive). A favorite
quote from an old FBI buddy states: 'If people just donít screw
up in an assault, they usually come out okay'.
So many victims out there screw
up because they never learned how to deal with the adrenal rush.
Many go into a knee jerk response that can actually get them
into even worse trouble! I actually believe that some of the
so called "self-defense" seminars and many who are teaching
martial arts related self defense training are doing more harm
than good. This is because they are giving their students a
false sense of security and teaching techniques that could not
possibly really work in a real attack.
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