Being able to defense yourself is believe it or not more mind than it is physical prowess or technique. Not everyone no matter how well trained is able to defend themselves in a real life situation.
Back when I was with my first instructor there was a woman in the school who was amazing to watch move. Her abilities were astounding! Power, speed and grace. But one night on the riverfront in downtown Windsor she was almost raped. She froze in fear. None of her training came to her aid. Luckily for her the Windsor Police were staking out the park and arrested the 2 men before anything really bad happened.
I have been doing specialized self defense workshops and courses for 30 years. I recall very well one group of women we taught back in the early 90’s. They were all Real Estate people who were concerned about going out at night. Everyone did very well. At the end of the course we brought in an Uki, padded him up really well and had him attack each of the women in different unrehearsed scenarios. One woman screamed, began to shake uncontrollably and cried for an hour. She had flashbacks of being attacked.
Another woman in the same group destroyed my Uki and actually hurt him through all the padding. She had been attacked once also.
It is not the martial art style and never has been. Yes the training is VERY important, but without the understanding of the REAL psychology of self defense, and not the Dr Phil crap either, there is no way to guarantee success, or even survival of the aftermath if you lose.
The physical is only maybe 10% of the picture.
So what is it then that causes success or failure? There is a part of the human brain that determines how we react or respond to every situation in life. It’s programming decides if you are successful in self defense or any other aspect of life. It is influenced and acts upon your habitual thoughts, including the ones you don’t know you think, as well as your self image, the real self image not the one some people pretend to be.
So once again I am going to put my fingers to the keyboard and write a NON Kyusho Jitsu book on the Psychology of Self Defense. How to reprogram yourself, and help those you teach to be successful in not just a self defense situation, but life in general.
Very soon I will release more information on this eBook, which for the first time I may have printed as well. Watch our book site from the link below. Once I have the information together it will be featured on the front page.
Have a great weekend and don’t miss out Canada Day Birthday Celebration!
Grand Master Art Mason is a professional full time martial artists and Kyusho Jitsu teacher. He is available for seminars and study groups. He resides in Brasov Romania
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