Before things become physical, self-defence has already started, in what is commonly called the pre-confrontation and pre-fight stages of a conflict.
Most people go to a “self-defence” school to learn just one of the five preferable responses to a threat situation: the fight stage. This is fundamentally flawed especially if you don’t practice any sparring and practice only flashy techniques which work very well in a dojo with a cooperative partner…
Techniques are only muscle memory; Anyone can do a kata or punch a bag!!
Correct tactical self-defence training should also encompass the other preferable generic responses. They can all be crucial to survival.
As such real self-defence training should always include:
- Situational awareness;
- Be aware of changes in the environment;
- Assertiveness and boundary setting;
- Preventative and pre-emptive material (including pre-emptive striking according the context);
- Understanding of the body language;
- Role playing and scenario: in a large area such as a parking lot, and in a confined space such as a car; with one and several opponents;
- Various force options at each stage of the timeline;
- Stress drills;
- Understanding of the freezing process and stress drills to teach you how to manage the critical moment when the attack is detected and your brain and body instantly and automatically enters a completely different state;
- Workouts building aggressiveness in order to find the required level of aggression required in a violent encounter;
- Workout sessions on emotional perseverance (fight to the goal);
- Workout sessions on the appropriate mental capabilities to support your physical readiness to fight;
- Working various timelines (including pre-confrontation and pre-fight);
- Active scanning to find exits, weapons, or further threats;
- Finding and using common objects for shields, distractions and weapons.
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