Trained fighters who enter professional security, law enforcement and the military are often shocked when they feel fear or freeze up during an incident. One of the major reasons they are shocked is because they truly are tough as nails! They have been in numerous fights / competitions and thought that confrontation would be handled very simply.
Well, Tony Blauer once reminded a seminar group that MMA, Thai Boxing, Kick Boxing, Boxing, Jiu-jitsu Matches, etc. are not ‘REAL’ fights. Why? He reminded us that ‘both’ competitors have Consent, Awareness & Preparation time.
That is NOT what real survival conditions are for professional security, law enforcement and military personnel.
The reason our performance deteriorates in real word combat is most often because the bad guys got the drop on us. That means we’re all of the sudden in an unexpected & spontaneous fight for our life! Worse than that… is when the fight is expected… but we are afraid!
People are often told that humans in these situations do one of two things… fight or run. “Fight or Flight” is how it’s often taught. That is not the whole truth! Humans under threat will do one of three things: FREEZE, fight or flight! The time we are ‘frozen’ can be deadly for us.
I was taught that the 3 main variables of survival are:
- Threat recognition
- Time available to process the threat
- Time it takes to initiate your response
When we can:
- Recognize threats sooner
- Increase our time to actually process the threat
- Shorten the time it takes us to respond
… we increase our chances of survival and reduce the magnitude of the injuries we’ll incur during the fight.
Please attend training that addresses the above topics. Also, read books by people like Tony Blauer, Dave Grossman, Bruce Siddle, Ed Lovette & Dave Spaulding. These authors write & teach from serious experience!
Until next time, stay safe!