Being a martial artist, many people ask me how to improve their immediate reactions when dealing with confrontation.
The fight or flight response is an important part of human nature. This is especially true in situations where you are confronted or need to defend yourself. The fight or flight response is controlled by your autonomic nervous system, it is a built in survival mechanism. The fight response will have you stay and deal with a confrontation, whereas the flight response will see you leave or run away.
In some cases leaving an aggressive situation may not be viable. You may be backed up against a wall with no other option. In this case most people find it difficult to deal with the extra stress and adrenalin being pumped through their bodies. Many people freeze because they are in so much shock. The best way to deal with the shock of an attack or threatening situation comes down to being in control:
- Be aware of your emotional state
- Keep relaxed and increase deep breathing
- Diffuse the situation
- Be prepared and anticipate outcomes
- Be firm and confident within yourself
If you develop confidence you will be able to deal with most situations and conflict – being attacked is very abnormal for most people unless you work within certain environments. When you are confronted with aggression it can be very frightening and people often experience a state of shock. It can be potentially life threatening to freeze under the stress leaving you unable to deal with the situation.
Self-defence classes are one of the best ways to be prepared for confrontation – whether it is physical or verbal aggression. In Krav Maga I teach people with pressure drills to put them into some degree of shock to simulate a realistic situation. If you train in this environment consistently and learn to adapt, you will be able to deal with shock in the real world.
Krav Maga is a modern day reality-based self-defence system. Adam is the founder of Krav Maga Darwin.