The Fight/Flight Response

Fight or flight response
Anyone interested in applying their martial art to “life” needs to become very familiar, intellectually. physically and emotionally with the effects of the fight flight response. Applying your martial arts training to life does not necessarily mean physical conflict. When you start observing it in your life you will be surprised how often it is activated in many of the smaller conflicts both inner and outer that naturally occur in day to day events. It is by learning from these many smaller conflicts that we gradually gain insight into dealing with much bigger even life threatening situations. The attached article caught my eye because it’s very “readable” so many descriptions of the fight flight response get bogged down in the jargon of modern clinical psychology. It comes from a volunteer organisation in Australia that helps army veterans and other suffererss of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

April 2016

It’s better to avoid than run,  better to run than de-escalate,  better to de-escalate than fight, better to fight than die.

Sgt Rory Miller

There is a saying that all martial artist should be familiar with  which is: It is better to be judged by 12 than carried by six. Whenever physical violence commences the likely hood of one of these two options is likely to ensue. Either we are put on trial for physically hurting someone or we are killed in the conflict. This quote from Sgt Miller is another perspective on this truth.

The Ins and Outs of Breathing

Anyone interested in looking deeply into the history and science of breathing should follow the link and check out my Dad’s book called “The Ins and Outs of Breathing”.  It’s a brilliant read and delves deeply into a wide variety of topics. Beware there is some serious science in it though.


..awareness and presence are the first two lines of defence