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Anatomy of a Fight (or the Breath of Life)


A true fight is one where one or more of the fighters has the potential to sustain grievous bodily harm or even death. When a fighter understands this possibility, a whole range of physiological and psychological changes will occur, to different degrees. I will try to explain the process so that a person can train to overcome some or all of the detrimental effects. These changes are the symptoms of the “fight/flight” (or freeze/fornicate) reflex, otherwise known as survival instincts.

The human body is an amazing piece of architecture. It is controlled by a “supercomputer” that far outstrips the highest tech computer that can be purchased. It can regenerate itself, is extremely strong and flexible, yet is fragile at the same time.



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