I've worked security professionally for nearly a decade. Even dealing with your run of the mill self righteous no-i'm-not-tresspassing drunk lady will get my adrenaline going, much less situations that required responding with physical force against multiple large males. Things happen much differently in these situations. Your heart rate increases, your field of visual perception narrows, your ability to feel physical pain diminishes, etc.James Y wrote: ↑Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:12 pmIt's fight or flight and adrenaline dump. If some random stranger or strangers come up to you and suddenly start attacking you with or without weapons, pounding on you full-bore and with evil intent. Even if you're not caught totally off guard, you will experience stress like never before, unless maybe you've had tons of experience. And even then, it will happen to some degree. Any techniques or skills you may have only practiced under stress-free conditions, especially if they require complex muscle memory, will not only fail, you probably won't even recall them at the moment. It can be hard for someone who has never experienced this to really understand. I've heard some martial arts people who've never been attacked say, "If somebody ever tries this, I'll just do this; and if he tries to counter like this, I'll counter his counter like this." But in reality, only things that are "simply effective" and fully ingrained seem to work most consistently. I would think that also applies to anything related to knife defense.SpyderEdgeForever wrote: ↑Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:29 pm...any sort of defense and fighting is a high stress or super stress activity. Why is this? Can you and others please explain to me why self defense and fighting (and you are right, it does appear to be that way) have to be such high stress activities? Why couldn't they be an "easy thing" for human beings? What are the core fundamental reasons for this, as far as our physical bodies and other areas go?
But I've gone too far OT here.
*edited to clarify a point.
Two things that will serve anyone reading this thread better than buying X knife: Buy a good pair of running shoes and use them every week, and join a local boxing/mma/muay thai gym and spar people. Eveyone has a plan until they're punched in the face. Then your training (or lack of it) kicks in. What have you trained to do?
I'm not ashamed to say that I've run nearly every time I've had a weapon pulled on me. That includes bats, knives, brass knuckles, etc. There has only been one situation where someone pulled a weapon and I had to stay on the property and defend my coworkers, and I managed to de-escelatw the situation until the cops came and apprehended him. That's another overlooked skill.