With the Adrenal Rush
The number one factor in effective self defense
is understanding and learning to deal 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
on the street, this single factor (the adrenal rush) must be addressed.
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. Many will contend that they understand
it but unless you have been in many street altercations or have
trained in adrenal stress response training, you probably really
do not really understand it.
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. One excellent program I can recommend is FAST
The adrenal rush in self defense situations causes
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.
Try to imagine trying to put your key into your car's door lock
when a grizzley bear is charging you!
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. It wasn't until I had the opportunity to
attend a number of adrenal stress response seminars 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