For too many people, too often – an adrenaline release hinders or even stops entirely their ability to perform as required to achieve a positive outcome. In fact, the freeze response when threatened is the most primordial self-preservation response we have. Though this response may have improved our chances of survival when faced with a threat, such as being hunted by a sabretooth tiger, a freeze response in modern times, more often than not, results in a greater likelihood of our being victimized.
It is because of our instinct to freeze first, that training to flee or fight becomes even more crucial. And ultimately, more difficult. Most self-defense instruction focuses on long term repetition to ensure that an optimal fight response is achieved. Though some training is better than no training, long-term high repetition doesn’t always result in an optimal response when threatened. We often train this way because, it appeals to our current cultural concepts of learning. However, at FAST Defense we believe that in order to survive in an asymmetrical world with asymmetrical threats, the best way to train is, asymmetrically.
Through an intricate and finely choreographed instructional process, students learn in very short order, via safe, and fun stress induced scenarios how to transition from a freeze response and into a fight response in a real-time, real-world threat. These scenarios become the motivational fuel that generates the energy, passion and commitment of the student to not only survive the confrontation, but to have control of themselves and the confrontation outcome.