How Real is Your Reality Training?
Through consistently realistic martial arts training we become familiar with how attacks happen. Such a training program must be far bigger than just learning techniques.
Through simulation training where an aggressor comes at us and we do not know what will happen until it happens, we become more sensitive to an attacker’s intent. We learn to pick up hints conveyed through body language, facial expression, voice tone, weight shifting, muscle tensing, and other subtle factors. We practice maintaining composure under assault, and we learn to find the right response at increasingly earlier stages. This dojo simulation training improves our chances of successfully handling dangerous situations in the real world.
Certainly, in the relative safety of our dojo, we may not always experience our body totally electrified and adrenalized by fear or anger as we would in a truly violent confrontation. But well-done simulation by trained professional To-Shin Do instructors brings up the intense survival responses we practice how to recognize and channel towards winning.
It is also true that the kinds of attacks we could face are becoming more sophisticated. Some of the most damaging attacks against us can even be carried out remotely. How do we as martial arts practitioners train to handle cyber crime, identity theft, and cyber bullying where lives are diminished by cruel personal attack slanders. In your opinion, are protective measures against such remote attacks within the realm of self-defense study? The reality is that ever-changing social and cultural landscapes require heightened alertness, ability to discern subtle threats, and tactical adaptability.