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Stress in a Confrontation
Stress, in my opinion, is one of the most unnoticed factors in martial arts as well as in an actual confrontation. This is surprising if one takes into account that stress is what usually determines the outcome of a real confrontation with a highly aggressive attacker.
I am emphasizing the word “real” because in most cases, training in martial arts is completely different from a real scenario with possibly heavier consequences, such as physical and emotional damage, a trial or death.
So don’t be fooled. Every form of competition-orientated martial arts (including UFC and cage fights) has very little or nothing to do with a real self-defense conflict.
There is no sport competition where you face the attacker who in the next second will attempt to hurt you deliberately or even kill you. There are no competitions where the mental condition of the attacker is so escalated that he seems to gain overwhelming power and feels no pain at all.
Realization hits the unprepared victim like a thunderbolt when his favorite technique that worked at the dojo every time won’t work at all against an attacker as described.
By this point, stress begins to limit the victim’s capabilities to defend themselves.
Countless big masters of the martial arts have trained endlessly to perfect their technical skills, but only few have considered the possibility that their technical skills might become blocked and unusable by the stress of a real threat. This explains how all-too-often, a well trained martial artist is defeated by a technically untrained street thug.
To understand the influence of stress, it is important to dive into its phenomenon and its effects on the motoric abilities. I’ll give you a brief scenario.
Imagine you are in dark alley at night. A man is coming directly towards you, wearing worn out clothes. A hood covers his face. Shortly before you pass, he jumps in front of you, you see something in his right hand, probably a knife. The man is shouting at you in a fiercely aggressive voice...
First, it is useful to know what processes take place in a human body during such a situation...
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About the Author: Norbert Tannert is a certified Systema instructor training and teaching since 2000. He is also in active police duty since 1980 and a unit leader of an SEK (SWAT team) and the responsible officer for tactical training for 22 years. Norbert has 30 years of martial arts training. He teaches regular classes at: RMA – Systema Bonn
HOLDS, STRIKES, WEAPONS
Seminar with Vladimir Vasiliev
February 13th - 15th, 2015