When we talk 'mindsetting' in confrontations ..it might help to keep in mind that in spite of our well cultivated images of 'superiority' when thinking of squaring off with a real opponent in the street we will be overcome by the natural strongest instinct of self preservation regardless of the parallel feelings of confidence >> riding ' shotgun' with us !
We will be assailed by lots of 'doubts' …i.e., the phantom opponent of your dreams has suddenly materialized in a form that , it seems, has still exceeded your training anticipation ! Say you were foolish enough to go to a Christmas party held by a union of iron workers with free flowing booze and your stupid friend telling everybody that you just got promoted to yondan ..my-my!
Now one six foot , six inches , 250 pounds , drunken moron , mad at the world because his wife ran away with a bespectacled office 'wimp' last week , sets his eye on you and calls you out in the parking lot to prove to the world he is still a man ! [ This actually happened to me in the seventies] !! Geoff Thompson , in his book watch my back , describes the chemical cocktail explosion inside , the legs shaking and " that little man popped up on my shoulder and said ..' now you're f***, ain't you ? " He continues .." the arse dropped out of my trousers and the sugar pedestal of dan ranks crumbled below me , leaving me back on the unfriendly floor of reality "
This is the time you will find out if that 'real training' you got from your better than anybody else sensei [ you know the one that I mean right? ] will either make you a hero in the eyes of your good friend, who invited you at the party , or will leave you frozen on the tarmac wetting your pants anticipating the rush of a crazed animal !
Now this is interesting ! Geoff says that by exposure to stressful situations i.e., conjure up fears ' confrontation /desensitization' practice …you harness and utilize fear ..and you decide once committed ..that this is "blood" no matter what the guy pulls on you - knife -gun -or how big he is !
" We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments, under the most perfect conditions, under conditions of greatest courage , we enjoy and even thrill to the god like possibilities we see in ourselves at such peak moments, and yet, simultaneously , we shiver with weakness, awe and fear before the same possibilities " Sound familiar??
What do you do when , as Geoff says : " Oh f*** , my best shot and he is still standing !"
And he continues ;" Psychology is a major part of street fighting , making your opponent think you are not scared or hurt , that you are invincible " The psychological advantage is king …How do you mindset for it ..and don't ask me to spell it out for you ..if you have been following this forum ..you should have an idea or two ..Let's hear some !! How would handle the crazy iron worker 'calling your bluff' ?