The Adrenal Rush
One question I am commonly asked
is after all the years of doing this work do I still get the adrenal
rush? My answer is an emphatic 'Yes'. In fact I invite the adrenal
rush, so as to have all that power as a source of defensive action
should I need it.
That doesnít mean I will need it,
only that I will have it available should the need arise. Besides,
the adrenal rush is supposed to occur as a means to help us deal
with stressful situations. The adrenal rush is there to help us.
Why deprive ourselves of millennia of human survival evolution?
So the answer in not to overcome it, but rather to find a way
to make it useful.
A few years back I began to notice
that before I would fight the padded assailant, I would clear
my mind of any preconceived notions of specific techniques or
reactions that I might use. I call this 'getting out of my own
way' to allow the pure flow of adrenaline, spontaneous reaction,
and spirit do the trick. Next I would literally invite the adrenal
rush to occur in my body. This feels like a warm current of electric
energy coursing up my spine.
The final step is to commit to explode
110% when necessary, particularly through a strong voice in which
the adrenaline is catalyzed into physical action. But adrenal
stress response training is designed to give you a safe and controlled
step by step methodology to condition the 'go for it' use of adrenaline
appropriately. This carries over into real life situations where
you donít have the time to consciously prepare, but must react
instinctively. The stories abound of students effectively dealing
with very scary situations after taking this type of training.
The problem with most people is
that without proper training this powerful bio chemical and even
emotional reaction can ork against them. Untrained people often
react disproportionately to the problem, either by under reacting,
(passive) or by over reacting, (aggressive). A favorite quote
from an old FBI buddy states: 'If people just donít screw up in
an assault, they usually come out okay'.
So many victims out there screw
up because they never learned how to deal with the adrenal rush.
Many go into a knee jerk response that can actually get them into
even worse trouble! I actually believe that some of the so called
"self-defense" seminars and many who are teaching martial arts
related self defense training are doing more harm than good. This
is because they are giving their students a false sense of security
and teaching techniques that could not possibly really work in
a real attack.
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