Training the mind is as important as training the body. If the body is strong but the mind is weak, you will always be defeated. A strong mind properly trained will get you through the stress and pain of a physical encounter. Knowledge of the body and how to control the feeling of adrenaline build-up when under stress will greatly help you. Understanding the mechanics of adrenaline greatly lessens its impetus. The shock factor of adrenaline is scary if you do not understand it. This unpleasant and strong emotion can cause you to freeze in terror if you dont understand whats going on. The key to adrenaline is dont panic; this is not easy but the adrenal syndrome needs to be addressed and understood so it can be harnessed and utilized.
Adrenaline is like a turbocharger in a car, fight or flight, but you have to know how to use it for your own good because if it’s not used for action, panic sets in and the energy will be used negatively.
To help control adrenaline in a confrontational situation, deep breathing and knowledge will help.
When a situation arises that causes the adrenaline to flow we are so unfamiliar with the feeling we panic, so this is why we have to train it and get used to the feeling, so we can get used to it. Psychologists call it the Fight or Flight syndrome. In the moment of danger, the body injects chemicals (hormones) into the bloodstream to prepare the body for fight or flight. Adrenaline is the best know, but there is a whole cocktail of chemicals (Epinephrene, norepinephrine, and dopamine). These chemicals help strengthen the body and make the brain more alert, and some are natural pain killers.
The advantages of these chemicals are:
- Additional Strength;
- Increased pain threshold;
- Increased awareness.
Some disadvantages are:
- A dry mouth;
- Increased pupil dilation;
- A broken or high pitched voice;
- Nervous tension;
- General clumsiness;
- Loss of motor skills;
- Muscle twitching and shaking.
Other effects are;
- Visual slow down. This is a distortion of time; everything seems to be happening in slow motion;
- Auditory exclusion. You may get a high pitched ringing, or the sound seems to fade away;
- Psychological splitting. This is best described as an out-of-body experience, where the person sees himself outside his body.
There are many more effects, if you want to know more I suggest you read a good book on self-protection ‘Dead or Alive’ by Geoff Thompson or ‘Streetwise’ by Peter Consterdine are two excellent books for anyone interested in personal safety.
Article kindly provided by Jeff Gonsalves of the Shudan Dojo