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May 24, 2007
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From the Desk of: Shidoshi Jeffrey Miller
Thursday, May 24th, 2007
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Feature Article: "4 Emotional Defense Modes"

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Feature Article:

4 Emotional Defense Modes

by Shidoshi Jeffrey M. Miller

If one were to look around at all of the martial arts schools and self-defense programs that are being offered, you might come to the conclusion that all you need to do is learn a few moves - a few tricks or techniques - to be successful.

After all, if that's what everyone is doing, it must be right. Right?

Why then, if that's the case...

  • black belts (and lower ranks) get beat up by muggers, street fighters, and others less skilled?

  • so many people admit (publicly or to themselves) their doubt about being able to act EVEN AFTER taking self-defense training?

  • ...street fighters, special forces, and real experts look at what's generally being taught with contempt and disdain?

Perhaps it has something to do with a gnawing feeling deep inside that something is missing - that something just isn't right.

But, what could that something be?

Natural Defensive Response - The Missing Element

Probably the least known, and therefor almost universally missing element in most self-defense programs, is the reality of natural emotional response to the stress of an attack. How is it that human beings, THE most emotional creatures on the face of the planet, can neglect such an important aspect in the process of teaching and learning self-defense?

Good question, don't you think?

The truth is that, with all of our logic and rationalizations, we ARE primarily emotional beings. In fact, in our response to stress, we respond emotionally, at least from a base level of attraction, aversion, and neutral-ness, before we ever access our memory banks for a solution and eventually go into action to solve the problem.

Most people have experienced this as the fight-flight-freeze response. But, just what are the modes that we could find ourselves in when needing to respond to the aggressive actions of an enrages assailant?

This can be a difficult question to answer in lieu of all the different personality types, each with their own experiences and knowledge bases. But, we can look at the general response possibilities that are inherent hard-wired in all of us. Of these, there are four:

Confident, Relaxed - In this mode, we really don't perceive and threat. Even though the attacker may be serious, we are not moved and therefor hold our ground with strength, confidence, and presence.

Defensive, Emotional - Here we find ourselves overwhelmed by the aggression, size, and pressure put on us by our opponent. Our bodies instinctively blade to cover vital targets and pull us away to a safer distance.

Direct, Committed - In what we call a "fire-mode" of action, we feel ourselves being pulled into the attack with direct, committed action. Out of fear or directed anger, we take a direct approach and "go-for-it."

Evasive, Avoiding - In this mode, we want to avoid any conflict as a first impulse. When we can't avoid, we naturally create distance between ourselves and our attacker and use light, evasive, movements to clear the attack and stay away from our assailant's incoming limbs.

Of course, our moods and emotional states are in a constant state of flux. Even in similar circumstances, we can find that we feel differently due to the actual person we're dealing with. While one person can make us feel confident, another can have us "keeping our distance," and still others can have us taking the initiative and "moving in for the kill."

The important point here, as I've said before, is to be able to operate effectively under each of these emotional influences. Having, not only options, but understanding that our own bodies may be putting certain limitations and demands on us in different situations, can go a long way in making sure that we get the training we need and are properly prepared to deal with a real situation, from a real attacker, in the real world.

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Until next time. Wishing you Peace, Happiness, and Safety...

Shidoshi Jeffrey M. Miller
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