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"Ideally, your self-defense will never get physical. Avoiding the situation and running or talking you way out - either of these is a higher order of strategy than winning a physical battle." - Wise Words of Rory Miller, Facing Violence: Chapter 7: after, subparagraph 7.1:medical

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Are the effects of adrenaline important in self-defense karate?

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A resounding YES, i.e., if attacked regardless of whether a monkey dance at the local pub or a predatory resource or process attack you are going to suffer the effects of the adrenal dump or chemical dump. This is a critical part of any self-defense program or combatives systems used by military, etc., because it is the main chemical reaction of the body that will result in your freezing, etc.

Every single high-stress situation or profession involves the adrenal dump in one form or another and at some level or another. If the program of training does not involve some sort of adrenal stress-conditions reality based training then you should consider seeking out such training programs. I am not saying your training without it is not good stuff, it just means you need to supplement that training with the adrenal stress conditioned program. 

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  1. Sorry Charles, but there is far more to this question than most people appreciate. First thing, what is stress? I'll save all the embarrassment and refer to the founder of the stress concept, Hans Selye, who famously said that, Everybody knows what stress is, but nobody really knows.

    The so-caleed adrenaline dump you refer to is associated with an emotion, but what emotion? Fear, anger, excitement, anticipation? They all have similar but different physiological reactions.

    Reality based training is designed to minimise 'stress reactions' and therefore minimise, if not eliminate, physiological reactions to threats. That is the paradox of stress training.

    This is part of the subject of the book I've been researching and writing for a number of years.

    1. Hi, John: Let me know when your book hits the Amazon stands, will want to add that to my library :-)

    2. It's a fascinating subject. Do you or do you not train for emotion? Emotion, e.g. fear, anger, excitement/anticipation, elicits a physiological and cognitive reaction that is evolutionarily designed to promote an individual's survival. An 'advantage' that is not afforded to those that train to experience no emotion during combat, however, there are other advantages afforded to the latter individuals. ...

    3. Yes, as you can determine by the articles I write I mention this as a part of the adrenal stress-conditions of reality training where fear rears up considerable. It is this type of training that teaches us to deal with emotions. As for anger and such that is addressed by the types of reality based training and an example is exposure to conditions that would make most folks angry.

      I also advocate to students that such training often is best done in every day life when things crop up that make you angry, frustrated and very often trigger the monkey dance for both verbal aggression and what comes after if not abated, physical aggression.

      As your comments and this article present, it is a very complex issue and warrants a compilation of all that I present, if you see it of value, with all that you are taught so training, practice and application will foster a better self-defense model in and out of the dojo.