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Fierce resolution and physical confrontation

If I use the term “fierce resolve,” do I mean some kind of animal behavior? Why yes I am! It is the innate survival instinct that we all share. It’s part of the winning mindset that you need to develop in order to win an all-out battle against another human aggressor. A physical confrontation is a battle; a foray into chaos. These conflicts are often sudden, extremely violent and can be relentless until one of the parties is incapacitated or, to put it bluntly, DEAD! You don’t want to be the party that becomes the contents of a body bag; developing the sensitivity of fierce resolve it is imperative for your survival.

Let’s dig deeper. What else can we say about a fierce resolution? Well, creating a good definition is a bit tricky. To borrow a term from NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), fierce resolve is a “state.” Marcus Wynne says that “a state is a combination of two things: your physiology, or your body’s chemistry and neurological functioning; and its internal representation.” Simply put, your state is everything that is happening in your body and mind at a particular moment in time. Some examples of states might be happiness, fear, worry, boredom, and alertness; each is a way, so to speak, of to be, encompassing the physical and mental aspects of their existence. It is critical that you learn how to properly manage your condition before, during, and after an assault. You need the ability to function in chaos. What will you fight for? You are the only one who can decide this answer, and it is better to consider it now, not while you are embroiled in a fight for your life. Here’s an amazing quote from the father of Combatives:

“When you are caught, you are depressed, and you are lost if you do not ATTACK … And keep in mind that it is ‘Rogue fight’: any means, right or wrong, to save your life. – WE Fairbairn

Some people refer to fierce resolve as the “Eye of the Tiger” or the “Will of Steel.” I like to think of it as your ability to do whatever it takes to win, not just survive, but WIN! I mean to win. If you come face to face with an attacker, you should have the default mindset of going until your attacker is defeated and no longer poses a threat. Metamorphosis from prey to predator; it is this mindset or state, and the willingness to attack the attacker that will help him prevail. As my good friend Gary Klugiewicz says: “Be nice, until it’s time to be mean, and then be nice again.” These are wonderful words to live by. Once the threat is neutralized, calmly seek a protective position, conduct a medical self-assessment, and call the authorities for assistance.

How exactly do you develop this mindset? Well, it takes a will, a decision, and practice: the will to live, the decision to do what needs to be done, and the diligence to practice to keep your mind in check. place! Unfortunately, this type of mindset is rarely taught in most martial arts training facilities. I highly recommend that you go out and find a competent self defense instructor. Ask him about the predator mentality and how to develop it. If they don’t have answers for you, find someone else. The proper mindset and basic awareness skills are critical to your self-protection; Look for a person who is knowledgeable in these areas. If you can’t find one locally, the next best place to start is to read and study the book. No second chance by Mark Hatmaker. I can promise you that if you spend a few weeks delving into this gold mine of self-defense information, you will undoubtedly learn to develop and use fierce resolve.

Some people already have a strong and active survival instinct, or a will to live. Yet it is latent in all of us, no matter how deeply buried it is, and it can be developed through practice. By our very nature, we are predators; humans are the top predators in the landscape. I have an exercise for you. Start with an offensive maneuver that is familiar to you. For example, let’s focus on a frontal choke attack. With your eyes closed, imagine a strong opponent with his hands around your neck. Feel it squeeze and compress your vise-like grip. Feel that you get a little dizzy from lack of air. Does this enrage you to the point of igniting into explosive action? Should I do it! Smell it. Imagine their appearance and their facial expressions. What is he saying or what sounds does he make? Notice the anger that gushes from within you. This is a deep anger that drives you to stop this senseless act of injustice and to harm this person. He has no right to end your life. He is completely justified in his use of force because, obviously, he intends to hurt him; otherwise he would never have attacked you. Once you feel the state of anger (how it feels in your body and its mental representation), I want you to imagine yourself exploding into action. Imagine releasing his grip on you. See, if you can, and feel your body move from a first-person perspective. Imagine hitting it violently with a hammer fist, palm heel, or whatever you want to wear. Imagine him backing up or falling from your powerful, fierce onslaught. Remember he brought you to this dance; He chose you and made a conscious decision to attack you. Imagine feeling not sorry, but just anger until the moment you are no longer a threat. At that critical moment, when neutralized, imagine backing up, finding a protective position, scanning for additional threats, conducting a medical self-check, and calling authorities. Allow yourself to feel good about being able to protect yourself. If you feel like it, you can keep imagining the scenario to the point where the authorities arrive, you articulate the event with confidence and clarity, and you set yourself free. Imagine being back home, drinking an adult beverage, and relaxing in your recliner!

The example above is just an exercise; a guided imaginative walkthrough of problem solving and a great way to start developing a fierce resolution mindset. The beauty of this setting, or whatever you think, is that it can be practiced anywhere. Inform your imagination as much as possible with real life details. The late Charles Nelson, a fantastic self-defense instructor, got used to collecting news clippings on violent crime and used the details as teaching points for his students. Engage all of your senses to paint the big picture of the state. The more senses you involve, the more real it will feel in your mind as an experience. Many people, including law enforcement officers, have won in lethal encounters due to the options and scenarios they considered prior to the event. In fact, many people win at life events because they have rehearsed their performance beforehand. Never underestimate the power of your imagination to achieve something. Too many of us rust; When we are children, we are often conditioned not to use the creative powers of the imagination. Start your practice now; hone and use these mental constructs to develop your own fierce determination. If you are ever in a critical situation that endangers your life, I want you to win, because your life really does matter.

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