In this interview by Mike Hughes with Tony Blauer segment 2 of 4, Blauer describes the three progressive evaluation of a human with a territorial level which are Primal, Protective, and Tactical. Tony gives a practical example of how we first have a primal reaction. We then flow into a protective mindset and actions. Finally we think tactical and take various potential complex motor skills to protect property, family, or our life.
In an ambush our amygdala, the limbic portion of the brain, acts viscerally and we have to train our bodies to have a blue print to follow our flinch.
One concept is to set ourselves up for success so when we are predisposed to a startle flinch and flow into a tactical movement. This can be a simple as handing back material to a potential threat with our strong hand which may seem counterintuitive but Blauer explains that we are actually more predisposed to handle any Sudden, Aggressive, Proximate action against us.
Tony prescribes to train for your next fight not your last one. Think of your deficiencies and analyze what is probable and train any deficiencies we may have. If we know a stimulus is being introduced too quickly which produces a micro flinch or a major flinch, we have to convert the flinch and not just flinch and go to gun but rather flinch, make an appropriate defensive and tactical movement.
Tony describes that our cross extension reflexes will give a violent reaction to grip and squeeze what is in our hands. The most dangerous fight is an ambush, so we have to understand how we will potentially react and train from that flinch, mindset and body orientation.
Drill: Blauer describes a drill (@5:30 ) where he whips tennis balls or Nerf balls at someone and they have to flinch and then go to a draw from that body position. For training alone, a second variation of this drill is to visualize and feel the threat and try to organically react (see 7:55), close your eyes, shift your body weight, flex your calfs etc. Now visualize a fight progression and for example engaging in circular movement. There are various progressions where you can visualize to a micro-flinch and have an outside 90 elbow bend, fingers splayed, attack the threat and then go to the guns.
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