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I thought you might find interesting my recent article on skill training, because it quotes extensively from Hock Hochheim’s post “6 myths of police training that inhibit effective learning,” which, in turn, is based on Robert Bragg Jr.’s presentation on skill instruction at the latest conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association. Robert Bragg Jr. is the manager of fitness, force, and firearms training for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s academy. In his presentation he criticizes myths he says undermine police officers’ ability to grasp and retain combat skills. Read about each myth and about rational training and post your comments at stadion.com/six-myths-of-skill-training-vs-rational-training-know-how/. You are welcome to also post your comment here, at the end of this self-defense tip.
For your defense moves to work under stress they must be based on your natural, instinctive reactions, require little strength and limited range of motion, and be proven in fighting experience.
To learn how your natural reactions can instantly defeat any unarmed attack, see the video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.
Defend Against Weapons
To defend against weapons you have to know how they are used. Also—every stick has two ends … the weapon of attack may become a weapon of defense in your hand …
To learn how the typical street weapons (club, knife, razor) are used by an experienced streetfighter and how to practice with them, see the video Self-Defense: Tools of attack—Club, Hatchet, Blackjack, Knife, Straight Razor.
Staying cool under pressure is more important for self-defense than being physically fit and technically skilled. If you can’t control your mind what can you control?
To learn mental techniques that let you calmly face any threat and act rationally in the heat of a fight, click here.
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