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Physical Conditioning for Mental Toughness in Self-Defense

My recent self-defense tip, titled Physical Conditioning for Mental Toughness in Self-Defense—Part II, may be of interest to athletes in combat sports so I post it here.

This tip continues the subject of tip number 54. In that tip a video shows conditioning drills for self-defense. Those conditioning drills are OK, but they could be made more effective for developing mental toughness for fighting, without taking much more energy or time.

All that needs to be added to them is a little pain, not a big pain—distracting but not destroying. So, a stinging belt slap is good, but a bruising, heavy hand slap is not. Such pain can be added to simple conditioning exercises, not just to the fighting-specific drills as seen in the movie. Remember: Injuries impair, not improve. The desired reaction to such pain is no reaction—no startle reflex, no change in movement, no grimace. On a deeper level this tool develops what in Japanese martial arts is called fudoshin—the immovable or imperturbable mind. Observe the fighters if you are an instructor, or observe your training partner if you are a fighter. If you see a wrong reaction, it means that this training tool is too strong for them at this time. Frequency of application also matters.

I have said enough. I have given enough of a hint for intelligent people to figure out how to apply the right kind of pain in combat conditioning.

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