It’s amazing how easy it is to induce an adrenal response in someone by simply shouting in their face. Most martial artists, because of the sanctity of the dojo, do not experience the rush of the adrenal dump. One of the most common types of assault that people fall victim to is ‘verbal assault’. When an antagonist invades our personal space and begins screaming expletives inches from our face, traditional martial arts training provides very few answers. Under such conditions, most untrained people (including martial artists) lapse into a ‘deer in the headlights’ response. This narrowing of perception, increase in heart-rate, etc, are caused by the adrenal (or fear) response. If a large part of the reason we take up the practice of martial arts is to develop skills with which to deal with assault, then some scenario-based assault training is absolutely mandatory. By including some role-playing (the mugger-victim scenario) into our training we can effectively prepare ourselves for the real-world assault. Get in each others faces, yell and scream a bit. Kill your own ‘fraidy cat’ today.
Train for realism.