Here is a great quote from a great book! “The goal is to invest thousands of hours of training so that in the heat of the battle the right maneuvers will come automatically, with no interference from consciousness.” – David Eagleman
Is your training incognito? So the big question is, what amount of time are you spending on your self-protection training? Once a month, once a week, once a day or very infrequently? Here is an interesting measuring tool!
Amateur Talent – 2000 hours of practice
Average Talent – 5000 hours of practice
Expect Abilities – 10000 hours of practice
Yes, that is a lot of practice time. Just remember, focus on mastering the basics, they will be there when you need them. In my opinion, way to much time is spent on practicing so-called advance skills and letting the basic skills deteriorate.
Practice your basic self-protection skills daily to include your situational awareness. You should also study your body’s external and internal natural reactions to fear. Why? This way you will know what to expect when faced with sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activation. Remember, the SNS is most likely activated from the FEAR of Death, Serious Bodily Injury or Pain. Our goal is to calm the fires of the SNS and get the PNS (para-sympathetic nervous) system back in control. One simple method to do this is BREATHING! I will discuss this more in future post.
Ok, enough talking. Get out there and train. Do something today to enhance your Self-Protection skills and be safe!