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Old 06-16-2005, 01:55 AM   #26
Rupert Atkinson
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Re: Anxiety prior to conflict?

Yes, but he is talking about military firepower - and from what we have been reading of late of Iraq, I was thinking of the difference bewteen shooting 100s of rounds into a car point blank and obliterating everything, including some bystanders, or just shooting the driver with one accurate shot.

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Old 06-16-2005, 02:42 AM   #27
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Re: Anxiety prior to conflict?

If you can, find a place to do scenario training (a lot of the reality based crowd does this). Do a lot of hard sparring as well. This will help you get used to getting hit and hitting other people.

Your goal shouldn't be to prevent the adrenaline dump, but to get used to it. Adrenaline is there for a reason and helps you out a lot in a fight. Adrenaline makes you stronger, makes you feel less pain, etc.

Another tip (which might not go over well with the rest of the posters in this thread) is to get angry. In a fight, I'd rather be angry than scared.

Does anyone know if it's possible to condition yourself to react with certain moods under certain circumstances (ie, getting mad when someone hits you so you don't get scared)?
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Old 06-16-2005, 06:40 AM   #28
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Re: Anxiety prior to conflict?

Everyone (normal) gets an adrenalin dump if they are put in a threatening situation. The trick is to realise it is NOT a threatening situation. If someone is coming towards you to attack, go to meet them, this allows you to get into the depth of a fight before the adrenalin has negative effects. Don't be 'intimidated' into fighting, wait for them to be aggressive (I know sometimes the converse is often more useful, but this prevents you deliberating over what you do). Stand your ground, use 'the fence' (put up your arm to protect your space, if they invade that space, assume the fight has started and let your body do its reactions!)

It may just be a matter of how much time you've been training (not sure how long you've trained), but knowing aikido menatlly is useless, your body has to know it so that you can move and react without the need of your cerebral cortex. In a fight situation (at least from my experience) you are unable to make many (if any) concious decisions.

Maybe run through scenarios in the dojo. The real beauty of aikido is there is no fight/not fighting duality like other martial arts. You don't have to DO something to people, you just defend yourself in a positive matter i.e. with a striking art, as soon as you strike there is no way to produce a peaceable resolution. With aikido you can use gentle nikkyo, ikkyo techniques to nullify the attack (esp. if it is not really a solid aggressive attack, e.g. if it is only a grab or a push). And often it ends up not even turning into a real fight because they give up.

Hope this helps. Trust in yourself and be positive!

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