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Outside of the more Combatives or Reality-Based systems available, the most neglected aspect in the martial arts, combative sports and mainstream self-defence systems relate to the mental aspect of any potentially violent confrontation. The two main areas within this context relate to Fear Control and the cultivation of a Combative mentality or mindset.
Part one of this Combative Psychology series relates to the subject of Fear Control. More importantly, understanding the difference between fear, which is anticipation of an unknown outcome, and the natural bio-chemistry of adrenaline along with all of its associated effects.
Knowledge dispels fear of the unknown, and this instructional lecture will present proven methods designed to educate the viewer through knowledge and understanding of the adrenal response - which in turn will put you on the road to developing a strategy for management of the same. From understanding must follow exposure, if any degree of desensitization is to be gained. Here, we look into ways in which we can employ structured simulation and scenarios drills designed to elicit the adrenal response, along with some of its associated effects on the mind and body.
Part one sets the scene for a further more in-depth look in part two, into access and control of some of our most intense emotions. This DVD and the others in the series will benefit anyone interested in managing stress relating to violent confrontation.
This is the first of a series, the next part being on state access and management. The disk is mainly about recognising the effects of adrenalin and preparing yourself mentally for them to give the exponent the best chance of using the adrenal response positively, not being used by it.
Much of the DVD is given over to a very comprehensive explanation of the effects of adrenal stress, with more symptoms gone over than any other source (to my knowledge). This in-detail explanation goes into the adrenal process starting with the parts of the brain which recognise danger, the effects of an increase in heart rate, the chemical cocktail release, the bodily systems shut down by the adrenal response to prepare for danger, and the end symptoms brought on by all this. There is one simple scenario training exercise shown which gives a flavour of the wider training in this area which can be done.
The last ten minutes of the DVD are Lee's explanation of Geoff's fear map which breaks down the pre-fight / in-fight / post-fight types of fear very elegantly. Geoff Thompson is credited several times during the DVD, and this builds on his work exceptionally well.
I'm familiar with the other literature on this subject and this is the best in my opinion; Lee's presentation is as fluid and precise as ever. Those of you who prefer your material in DVD format over books will benefit from this release as there are no other DVDs covering this material.