How the adrenal
rush effects self defense!
It has been my experience over the last 36 years of
studying and teaching the martial arts that the number one factor
in effective self defense is dealing 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
in the real world, this single factor (the adrenal rush) must be
addressed and recognized for what it is and what it does.
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. I was there too, not many years ago.
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.
Master instructors aren't comfortable, for the most part, in allowing
outside instructors into their school.
Just a few of the devasting effects of the adrenal
rush in self defense situations are 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
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. While we thought we were keeping things pretty
simple, it wasn't until I had the opportunity to attend an adrenal
stress response seminar 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