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Self Defence of the Mind

Posted on August 11, 2011

One of the issues that many people face when learning self-defence is that they focus purely on the physical aspect of the training.

Martial arts isn't just about physical ability and strength, it's about the ability to overcome your fears and protect yourself, your family and your loved ones.

This week an interesting thing occured that really made me think about this particular topic, I wont go into detail but I will cover the though processes.

  1. When confronted with a threating situation, do you place your needs first or those of the people around you, or potentially around you in the near future.
  2. Do you look at why the person threatening you is acting in this manner? Or do you just focus on yourself?
  3. Do you need to take a deep breath before acting, to ensure you do the right thing?

The interesting thing that occured was a threatening situation, but I spent most of my time concerned for the raving lunatic in front of me and how he was approaching the women around me. I moved beyond reacting when he attempted to use physical violence and saw someone who was desperate to be understood and respected. (Unfortunately no one will respect him due to his behaviour.)

I noticed that my heart rate remained steady, my breathing un-elevated. I was not fearful for myself, nor was I concerned that I would need to take physical action.

I think that this is a moment that I will remember for some time as the moment I realised that just because someone is yelling at you and trying to physically intimidate you - you don't need to get "hyped-up" ready for a fight.

My mind told my body to just enjoy the show until it was told otherwise.

I only hope that the next time something like this happens, I feel the same.

(I only hope there isn't a next time.)