“I am becoming aware of things I learned at the recent Dallas live seminar that I didn’t realize I had learned during the seminar. Is this normal?”
Chris Ranck-Buhr responds:
Absolutely — it’s actually what we’re aiming for.
The purpose of the high-density format of our seminars is to get you into the physical practice as quickly as possible.
As much as we like the sound of our own voices, you don’t get any better at navigating the chaos of violence by listening to us talk about it… but you’ll “remember” everything you do with your bare hands.
You’ll “remember” the sight pictures, choosing targets, where you had to go and how you had to move to smash them, and how the body moved in response to that injury.
The more time you can spend doing this — making conscious decisions about what to do next while unconsciously recording the details of each distinct victory — the better prepared you are outside the training environment. In other words, the more uninterrupted mat time you get, the better.
…be the one that goes through the windshield… and takes out the driver.
“I have been to your Vegas training course and have your New York videos. What I have a problem with is I freeze up when confronted in a real fight. I got into a confrontation a few months ago and fear locked my mind up. I could see the targets I needed to hit but I couldn’t move. After the fight was over I thought about what was happening in my mind — I wasn’t afraid of the guy. I was afraid of the thought of getting hurt. How do we overcome this? All the training in the world will not do me any good if I lock up when my life is on the line.”
Chris Ranck-Buhr responds:
What you describe is a common, classic issue — a “freezing behavior” in response to a fear-inducing stimulus.
You worry about getting hurt in a fight. You get into a fight and that worry overwhelms your ability to act.
One of the peculiar things I’ve noticed about people in all the years I’ve been training is the desire to have a static “start” position before getting to work.
It’s always the same — standing, facing one another just out of arms reach. No one’s ready to go until everybody toes that line and hits that zero point to reset the proceedings for another turn.
It’s almost as if they’re listening to an announcer only they can hear, “on your mark,” (everybody gets up), “get set,” (they turn and face each other), “go!”
The fact is they are listening to a distant voice — the one that thinks this is a social interaction, a fight… and everyone knows you square off to fight.
The only problem is it’s completely artificial and has the sad consequence of forcing you to try to stick to the script (“I get up, we face off, and then go,”) while he’s ad libbing – tackling you from behind, kicking you while you’re down, starting in before you’re ready, etc.
The belief is that it won’t matter — you’ll figure it out on the fly, highly motivated by the knowledge that this is really ‘it.’ That squaring off in practice won’t matter.
But we all know you’ll perform as you practice, and if you only start once you get up and square off on the mats you’ll struggle to do so while he beats you back down on the concrete.