Selco's article about "adding pressure"

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    • #517

      If you haven’t read Selco’s article today, it’s a really good one. You can check it out here:

      It reminded me of a personal experience.

      He wrote about planning for everyday emergencies before getting deeply into plans including fancy gear and remote locations, and then he recommended: ADD PRESSURE.

      A while back, I took a Krav Maga course for beginners. It was physically exhausting, but more than that, it was mentally draining too. Why?

      Because the instructor “ADDED PRESSURE.”

      When practicing the exercises we had just learned against large, well-padded men, he would turn out the main lights, turn on a strobe light, and crank Metallica at full volume. Or you’d stand there with your eyes closed, knowing that someone was about to attack you from any side, or even from behind. You wouldn’t have a warning due to the loud music – suddenly, a strong arm would grab you and begin to drag you away toward the change room. (That was the designated ‘danger zone’ we were taught to avoid.)

      The premise of the class was that it’s all well and good to learn a move in a well-lit room with a smiling instructor. But would you be able to do that same move successfully in a dark alley with a masked attacker? Or in the middle of a chaotic terror attack?

      There were several students who were absolutely traumatized by this type of training, and they left the class, never to return. Others cried. Still others asked for a “time out” in the midst of the “attacks.”

      But, man. Talk about training. It doesn’t get much better than that.

      There are some excellent suggestions in Selco’s article

      Let it get you thinking. What are some ways you can train in a way that “adds pressure?” Share your ideas in this thread!

      • This topic was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by Daisy.
    • #567

      The first thing that comes to mind is phobias. I have a definite phobia of heights, but I’ve done various things over the years to challenge my fear and confirm to myself that I can still act (instead of just react) in the face of my phobia. I doubt I will ever overcome my fear of heights (in the sense of feeling comfortable), but I refuse to let it control me. So, I’ve ridden an aerial tram, I’ve walked across a pedestrian bridge very high above a freeway, I’ve climbed trees and tourist towers, I’ve done a few zip lines, and I even went bungee-jumping once.

      So if I was going to add pressure in a training scenario, it would be to train somewhere higher up than I’m comfortable being (which, honestly, is anything above what I could jump down from without serious injury — maybe 5 meters?).

    • #2829
      Josefina Arenas

      Daisy–I’ve always wanted to take Krav Maga course. You’ve inspired me to follow through!

    • #2833
      Crow Bar

      +1 on the Krav Maga!
      The place I was at, at Halloween he had everyone pretend to be slowing moving zombies. A few people even dressed up as zombies! They were slow movers, about 6 to a square. The square was about 20×20′. You had to keep them away from you by, using speed, pushing techniques, and being aware of your small space as not to box yourself into a corner.
      It was fun!

      As to the OP (that I just noticed), I was at a outdoor public range, 100yrds. I was shooting a .22LR from the prone. The guy next to me was on a bench, shooting his AR15. The distance was just right and I had his spent brass raining down on me. I ignored it, and kept on shooting.
      He stopped. Then when I stopped to reload, he apologized profusely. I just smiled and said it was good training! I am pretty sure he thought I was crazy, but laughed.

    • #2834

      Josephina, it really made me realize how out of shape I’ve gotten! It was the kick in the pants I needed, pun intended.

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