Kelly McCann: How Fast Do You Process Threats and Responses?
The time between realizing an attack is imminent and your defensive response may be fractions of a second, says Kelly McCann. It's what you practice long before those milliseconds that may make all the difference.
How fast is your processor? No, this isn’t the place to find information about personal computing — but it is the right place to talk about personal confrontations. I’m asking how fast you recognize potential threats and process threat information. A lot of people evaluate their “street readiness” based on their hard-skills prowess and allocate far less training time to developing the “soft skills” that are so useful immediately before an attack. The most obvious soft skill, of course, is situational awareness. It’s a cumulative alertness to threats, environment, movement and anomalies. Those anomalies are called pre-incident indicators, the visually unlikely circumstances that collectively indicate an attack could be imminent. Being adept at quickly determining threat potential — without looking like you’re about to implode — is invaluable on the street. It’s one of the few things I (grudgingly) use the new-age term “empowering” to describe. Gawd.
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- Combatives for Street Survival: Hard-Core Countermeasures for High-Risk Situations (book) — by Kelly McCann
- Combatives for Street Survival — Volume 1: Index Positions, the Guard and Combatives Strikes (DVD) — by Kelly McCann
- Combatives for Street Survival — Volume 2: Weapon Counterattacks and Situational Combatives (DVD) — by Kelly McCann
- Combatives for Street Survival — Volume 3: Contact Training, Protective Equipment and Street Scenarios (DVD) — by Kelly McCann