“An Explosion of Savage Violence” – Reframing the modern self protection paradigm.

If I asked you to train in such a way that all you were to get really, really good at doing was delivering “an explosion of savage violence” how would that change the way you train?
What drills would you focus on?
Would it affect your additional cardio and strength trainings?
How would it change the way you think about “fighting”?

Does “An Explosion of Savage Violence” sound like something that is appropriate to “learning to fight” or developing the ability to withstand a “desperate struggle for survival”?
Which of these frames more closely depicts the truth of the real requirements of modern self protection?
Now ask yourself honestly, which of these frames is actually reflected by the way you are training and mentally and physically preparing yourself to deal with real world violence?
Are you a “fighter” or a “survivor”?
Which frame is more powerful for you? Which do you think is more honest and accurate to the type of combative pressure or violence you are likely to face?
In what context will you face violence? Where, when, with whom, under what cirmcumstances, what is your physical and emotional state likely to be, what is their physical and emotional state likely to be, what are their objectives, what are yours?
All these questions help to define the all important “context” – without a context for our training we are just engaging in mindless non goal orientated “activity” not “taking intelligent, decisive action to achieve an objective”.

Does this or could this describe your training? Does your current training inspire you and push you?
Does it encourage you to be more intelligent, more creative, more focussed, more developed as a human being or not?
Are you capable of delivering “an explosion of savage violence”? If this became your speciality and if you were capable do you think you would be more or less confident because of it.
Sometimes learning to “fight” and learning to “survive” can be two very different things solely relevant to two different contexts. Sometimes there is crossover, and that crossover CAN be useful SOMETIMES.
But then sometimes it simply dilutes and poisons.
Do you want to learn (state of acquisition) more and more street fight techniques? Or do you want to develop (state of being) more and more capabilities?
One is a paradigm of “having” the other of “being”. When the pressure is TRULY ON and you are in a “desperate struggle for survival” not a “fight” which do you think will count the most?
Sometimes being more rigorous and disciplined in HOW we “frame” and how we “think” about our training is more important and more POWERFUL a shift than WHAT we actually train.

IF you are truly being backed into a corner with no further options and IF any kind of physical action on your part WOULD actually improve your chances of survival then would “An Explosion of Savage Violence” that allows you to ruthlessly and brutally and repeatedly Attack the Attacker be a more appropriate response than “defending yourself”?
If we change the way we think, the way we linguistically represent the problem, we automatically redefine the solutions, thereby changing the actions we take and the results we get.
The results we seek are better, more intelligent more effective training that leads to greater survivability for the practitioner.

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