Maintaining Emotional Fitness During High Stress, Dangerous Situations

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Spiritual and emotional fitness derives from heightened levels of consciousness. It also stems from awareness of what Winter Watch teaches, which is that evil and malice exist. In a society that is breaking down such as now, expect more zombie Apocalypse, not less.

Awareness is a form of alertness and stems from increased activity at the prefrontal cortex, the region that governs abstract thinking, language, rationality and higher-level functioning.

If your human brain is being hijacked by a chimp, then you’ll most definitely succumb to your irrational thinking patterns and will thus create potentially dangerous emotions. If it’s the crocodile or reptilian brain firing too much, then you’ll become more aggressive or fearful and may become paralyzed by your anxiety.

To develop spiritual and emotional fitness, you need to have discipline, willpower and mindfulness. Those three characteristics or faculties are skills in and of themselves and are derived from the prefrontal cortex.

First, notice yourself. To become more self-aware, you have to be able to take a step back from whatever it is to which you’re currently exposed. This can be difficult to do, because the monkey mind can actually override rational thought. If, however, you manage to take a step back in the situation, see yourself from an outside perspective and take a few deep breaths, then you’ll regain conscious control. All great athletes have the ability to mentally go into temporary slow motion and then kick back into full action.

Distance yourself from the situation for a moment. You shouldn’t follow your immediate urges.

Empower a plan or reaction, and once determined engage in it all-out not half-assed.

The following videos provide some situational examples that permit you to mentally game-out or think-out real life situations.

In the first one, the guy in green is not spoiling for a fight. But as we will see, he likely has some fighting skills, probably from wrestling. The guy in black, although about the same size, decides to dominate and be the aggressor.

The error here is that the situational awareness of the defender kicks in too slowly, and he allows the attacker to get in his face. NEVER allow anybody in that close. The arms and hands need to come in play and be extended to maintain fenced personal space. The defender pays by taking a head butt. Next, the defender does a poor job with only one hand in controlling distance. The attacker has him held and, showing his right hand in plain sight pre-attack mode slaps the defender.

The defender, despite two blows, does maintain good clear-headed emotional fitness and finally now has a plan. The fact that he was playing passive possum up to this point allowed him to surprise the attacker with a head-control and throw-outside capture move at minute 00:02:20. He does a nice job of throwing his full body weight right on top of his adversary.

In example No. 2 from Brazil, we see a gunman approach and mug a group of men. The guy in orange is packing a  concealed weapon. He maintains incredible emotional fitness throughout and “waits his turn” as this plays out. He uses his companion as concealment to rather slowly pull out his weapon. He then careful takes aim and fires one effective round at the robber. The instructor in the video gives sound advice on why fast draws and fires are not the best approach.

In the comments section, others viewers expound as to why he didn’t counter-ambush with multiple rounds. In fact, Mr. Orange showed terrific situational awareness, combined with emotional fitness. He knew instinctively that hurrying and missing the shot would jeopardize everybody, as would just firing off more rounds in pursuit.

In example No. 3 below, we see a very bad situation, an in-the-open kidnapping. The victim, lacking emotional fitness, is paralyzed and ultimately allows herself to quickly be put into a car and driven off.

Carol DaRonch escapes from Ted Bundy

Bystander Effect

This kidnapping happened despite the fact that there were onlookers. Keep in mind though that bystanders often do not help. Odds are about one in three that they will. To increase the odds of bystander assistance, if you think someone is going to grab you/kidnap you, scream “I don’t know this person!”

Timothy Hart and Ternace Miethe used data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and found that a bystander was present in 65% of the violent victimizations. Their presence was most common in cases of physical assaults (68%), which accounted for the majority of these violent crimes, and less likely in robberies (49%) and sexual assaults (28%). The actions of bystanders were most frequently judged by victims as neither helping nor hurting (48%), followed by helping (37%), hurting (10%) and both helping and hurting (3%).

The split second she saw she was going into the car, she should have put up the fight of her life, screaming at the top of her lungs for help. In fact, she should have never left the more in-the-open back of the car without attempting to run or fight.

A number of lessons in No. 4, first and foremost to never go out at 2:30 a.m. Don’t go to stupid places, with stupid people at stupid times. There’s nothing but spiritual evil out at that hour. This is when the druggies, mentally disturbed and satanic howlers are out. Virtually every True Crime killer we have covered such as Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Darren Vann, Sons of Sam and the Smiley Face cases were night stalkers and predators.

Chicagoland’s Black Serial Killer Problem

Ted Bundy: Groomed to be Part of a Group of Sadistic Killers?

Was John Wayne Gacy Connected to a Ring of Homosexual Sadists, Murderers?

‘Son of Sam’ Berkowitz Was Not a Lone-Wolf Killer (Update)

More Inexplicable Cases of Young Men Found Dead in Water

This is doubly so if you are vulnerable prey, such as women, the drunk, the elderly, the handicapped or full-fledged pajama people. Pajama people give creepy behavior far too much slack, as you will see here. Yes, there is such a thing as social Darwinism.

Read: A Word About Authoritarian Followers and Dealing with Pajama People

In this case, a handicapped man is taunted as he goes back to his car after a trip inside a convenience store. But rather than quickly getting into his car and leaving, he turns and faces a goon with his hands in his pockets. At minute 00:02:45, the Dindu goon gets into a pre-attack posture and just winds up for a full punch to the face. The handicapped pajama victim shows a complete lack of situational awareness throughout. As you can see from numerous assaults involving Dindus they can act quite casual before cold cocking (knock out game) someone.

Epidemic of Black-on-White Violence, Mental Illness in Schools and the Knockout Game

The final example shows a 71-year-old laundry employee who ended up dying from a beating at the hands of a thug. When you watch the clip, one wonders why he didn’t just stay in place in the back and call police. Instead, perhaps displaying too much ego, he comes out to confront two of the thugs. Lacking in situational awareness, he sets himself up for an ambush as another thug comes up behind him with a rifle. Street thugs often use a three-man team, with the third as a spotter or ambush reinforcement.

We are not here to judge or blame the unfortunate victim. The intent is only to take away survival lessons in potentially lethal situations. What’s interesting is that the larger unarmed thug at minute 00:01:45, is not overly aggressive and in a signalling manner, tries to break up and restrain the older man from getting a hold of the weapon. The thug does not try to even take him down. Instead, of complying the older guy continues to struggle for the weapon (bad move!) and then, lacking the necessary physical ability or plan for making such a choice, falls to the floor. In the process, this thoroughly pisses off the gunman, who hammers him with the butt of the weapon.

In this situation, compliance and backing down and watching your back would have been a far better option than directly taking on three armed thugs, one of whom appeared to be the hot head. He could have then worked with spacing and protected his head and neck while trying to remain standing upright. There was also a very good chance that the thugs would have just grabbed their money and left.

More Situational Awareness Tactics

If someone is coming at you, look for anything you can to put between you — a counter, a chair, a telephone pole, a car, another person, shopping cart, whatever.

Look for an object to grab that can be used as a weapon and don’t let go of it.

If you walking alone at night, listen to every sound and watch shadows. Careful around corners, alleyways and parked cars. Better to walk in the middle of the street then next to parked cars or past blind corners. Keep your head up and hands out of your pockets. No staring at your phone. If you have keys on you, hold them in your fist and fan them out between you fingers. Walk with shoulders back. Try to look confident, purposeful. Meet people’s gaze in a manner that’s unafraid but non-confrontational. Your quick glance should simply express “I see you there. I’m situationally aware.” If someone says something to you, just keep walking. If they follow or continue trying to engage you, look for an establishment to go into and don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask them to call the police.

Elbow Spear-Indexing-Bladed Stance

10 Comments on Maintaining Emotional Fitness During High Stress, Dangerous Situations

  1. I faithfully watch ASP videos, very instructive and inspiring. I’d also recommend the following site for some very graphic and well-analysed assaults. (The knifings are well worth viewing, a welcome corrective to many “self-defense” techniques):

  2. Excellent guidance, thank you. Some years back I violated the first rule “never let a guy get in your face” and almost paid a big price (it was a white guy in an “inner city” neighborhood – biases, and expectations can degrade situational awareness).

    However, the swipes at our fellow primates was probably unnecessary – any chimp in the wild likely has situational awareness skills (and even a level of rationality) that no urban North American will ever have!.

    For myself, I do not expect an immediate upsurge in physical threats to my person and I therefore pose this exercise for readers:

    Assume “the news” and “your smartphone” are violent (in a sense) adversaries; apply (extend/modify) the above guidance in a manner that improves your situational awareness vis a vis those adversaries.

  3. ‘Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face’ – Mike Tyson
    I’ve watched a lot of these videos but worry I have a mental idea but not rote physical practice (except half assed ‘you looking at me?’ de niro style pantomime at home.
    I am good at running, quick take off is excellent if in any doubt.

    **Also be hyper aware of any situation 24 hours a day when there’s no one around**.

    I got jumped in a big cit yon a beautiful morning at 7am. Just got cash out of atm and wasn’t paying attention to spectators.
    Broken nose, stitches, expensive dental work, ambulance ride. I should have been aware and run when I heard the footsteps but I slept on it mentally…
    They were watching from a car and took off in it after rushing and cold cocking me on the temple from behind to get me down….

  4. Perhaps the javelinas that attacked our garden back in 2015–I chased them out at 3 am using a pronged gardening tool which made them scared crap-less (as well as holding a flashlight…got three of them in their butts!)–should have watched these videos! Bwahahahahahah!

  5. A street fighting technique I recommend is a series of youtube videos under the name Akidoflow.  Created by a bouncer, they are control techniques that adapt to whatever level of violence your opponent presents.  Knowledge of akido is not at all necessary.

    They can be self taught by the physically fit.  I particularly suggest them to junior and senior high school age boys.  Anybody practicing them should practice with someone matching in size and musculature, if possible.

    Can anybody recommend weak point (e.g., fingers, eyes, etc.) attack videos?

    Finally, all women should carry bear spray, particularly Asian women, legal or not. Wouldn’t this fit under the Law of Nessecity?

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