Facing a real street fight, it’s natural to feel fear and anxiety. But once your prospective attacker smells that fear, he knows he has you! Here’s how to wipe the fear from YOUR face…before wiping the smile off of his!
Facing live, man-eating sharks, body-slicing laser “death machines” and a crumbling evil fortress ready to self-destruct, James Bond never seemed to lose his cool.
Not a single bead of sweat when tied up, helplessly facing certain death at the hands of a giant 7 ft henchman of the sinister Dr. Destruction.
Sure, Bond makes it all look so easy…but it doesn’t play that way for YOU when you have a 7 ft monster who looks like he just got out of prison snorting in your face because you made him spill his drink.
Faced with the prospect of “throwing down” with someone who looks like he has the advantage over you in a fight, your brain triggers a release of the hormone adrenaline into your system that’s designed to give you that extra power to either run REALLY fast away from danger…or fight for your survival.
This “adrenaline dump” forces your chest muscles to tighten up and you’ll tend to hold your breath, restricting your intake of oxygen. The result is tunnel vision; dry mouth; shaky voice; rapid, shallow breathing; dizziness; single focus fixation; greater anxiety; and the possibility of sheer panic.
Not only are these physical signs a “come and get me” signal to your enemy, but they also limit your ability to actually take him out unless you can control it.
So you wanna know how YOU can have that calm, cool, collected façade of James Bond when staring up into the snorting nostrils of a violent attacker (no guarantee of being lavished by exotic models in the end)?
The answer is what is known as “Combat Breathing” and here’s how it works…
When you start to feel your body affected with any of the previous symptoms of adrenaline overload, your goal is to take control of your breathing and reverse the effects of reduced oxygen intake.
You do this by simply breathing OUT through your nose for a 4-count, focusing on breathing with your diaphragm and bringing the air seemingly down into your stomach.
Then you hold your breath for a 2-count before slowly breathing IN for a 4-count, and then holding it again for another 2-count.
This can all be done “secretly” WITHOUT anyone even knowing your doing it and all it takes is 2–3 “rounds” of this breathing pattern to reverse the outward signs of fear and allow you to think clearer to focus on your flight of fight options.
Practice this while reciting the word “breathe” as you’re doing it and when faced with a stressful situation, you can use this word as a mental cue to trigger the initiation of your combat breathing pattern.