Self Defense


Dealing 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 Defense Training.

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 Self Defense.


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