Apr 16, 2020
I cannot believe how many people messaged me when Anthony Smith had the home invasion fight. So many people tagged me in the story. I didn't reply because at the time I was working on trying to interview him for the KNOW FEAR PODCAST but wasn't sure we would make it happen.
We finally linked up today and I think you're gonna enjoy this talk. We cover a lot, from his personal feelings, specifically what was going in his mind during the fight. I shared thoughts on how 'emotional & psychological' systems affect energy & skill.
I wanted to help him (and anyone who wants to listen) understand that when the rules change the skills change. Just because you're skilled in one arena doesn't mean it is easily transferable to another arena -being a skilled martial artist doesn't secure or ensure victory in a real street attack.
I share this for your own safety. The goal isn't to criticize anybody or anything, but to help us all realize something I've shared for a long time, "violence doesn't care what martial art you study".
When we understand the factors that impact our nervous system and our psychology, we can train differently, run scenario-specific training to create better adaptation, so we are better mentally prepared should we find ourselves in a serious violent encounter in the future.
I hope you find this podcast informational and educational and most importantly, that you step away from it realizing that we all have holes in our systems and preparedness. And we need to continually assess and adapt. Now, what are we going to do with this knowledge?
Like the wise Tim Kennedy says, "If the day ever comes that you have to fight for your life the only thing that will determine the outcome is if you ever trained and prepared for that fight."
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