posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 05:12 AM
Great thread Pax! S&F!
I am in total agreement with you. The style is less important than the application to a point. But... if someone can apply as well as you, but has
an advantage in techgnique you get a brief lesson in the history of pain. I have a few years kenpo on me, and I studied southern praying mantis just
because I thought it "looked" cool. Then I hung out with old bikers in bars, and learned fast, hard, and continuously. The best techniques are
passed on by the survivors. (Yes that's a quote from Skyrim, forgive me, I know I'm too old to be playing that.:lol but, it's true none the
I know everyone is wired different, and so the psychological phases of a fight progress differently for each person. When I first started I had BAD
jitters. Scared to death of getting punched, and scared to really "hurt" someone, but I had a group of punks picking on me awfully at the time, so I
endured. I actually was recommended a book on fight psychology by my sifu, and I'm sorry I can't remember the name for the life of me. Anyway it
talked about the primitive or reptlilian brain, and stress response etc... Much help. When the adrenaline hits your brain re-wires, and pre-learned
neural pathways are all you have at your disposal until you regain control of your head. It happens to everyone, no matter how many fights you are in.
You simply learn to go through the phases faster with practise. I recommend having about 2 or 3 moves for each range so ingrained, so "muscle
memorized" that absolutely no thought at all goes into their execution. Also make sure your footwork is top notch, you can know a thousand "cool"
moves, and loose every fight if your footwork sucks. So when that moment of fight or flight hits, fight is your natural instinct, and give your
opponent no ground. 99% of the fights I have been in end before the adrenaline phase really even completely wears off. Most of the time the aggressor
is hoping posturing, and a good intimidation bluff will make you aquiesce to their demands. When the talking is over, and they realise they have to
put up, or shut up their switch doesn't flip as fast because they were hoping to be the aggressor, and take advantage. When your switch flips, and
you suddenly become the aggressor after having initially tried to avoid the fight most thugs are totally off guard, and it's all over, but looking
for the teeth. If it does go beyond the first 10 seconds or so then all the higher learning you have developed serve you well when you have to go the
distance. It's good to be prepared for many scenarios. Usually the first one to make a solid connection wins. I also learned from my bar brawling
days that "pretty" seldom equals effective. Sometimes a simple well timed knee strike, or a quick naihanchi kick makes it all go away.