Once of the first reactions that a novice has to the reality of self protection and self defense is, when a danger is present or is perceived, then triggers the body the well-documented fight or flight response. This is also known as the adrenaline rush.
If you are not used to this bodily reaction, you may panic and become "afraid of the fear reaction" and thus trigger unnecessary and abnormal amounts of adrenaline causing not just fight or flight, but the freeze response, the deer caught in the headlights, so to speak.
The idea is to accept and allow yourself the permission to feel these natural reactions to threat and see them as good and "embrace them". In this article, I will help you to appreciate the significance of the adrenaline rush and show you the 6 ways that it helps you in a fight.
The 6 Ways The Adrenaline Rush Helps You In A Street Fight
#1 - Your Blood Produces More Coagulating Tissue Allowing for A Cut To Clot And Stop Bleeding Faster - You body through eons of evolution understands that in a physical confrontation getting cut and bleeding becomes a high probability therefore it produces more blood-clotting agents.
#2 - You Pupils Dilate Allowing You To See Clearer - Larger pupils means that even at night, your vision would be enhanced because more light is going through to see your opponent.
#3 - More Glycogen or Blood Sugar Flows To Your Muscles - With more blood sugar to your muscles, you would tend to tire less as you fight.
#4 - Oxygen Increases To The Muscles - Along with the blood sugar that rushes to the muscles, so does more oxygen, thus giving more explosive endurance and flexibility to the muscles, more so in a normal state.
#5 - Digestion Slows Down - The body economizes on its blood supply at this moment. So, the blood that would normally be used for digestion is sent to the external voluntary muscles to fight.
#6 - A Higher Pain Threshold - Your brain raises your pain threshold. This means that you would tolerate pain more than your would in a normal or relaxed state. This is why some people can even be stabbed during a fight, and not realize it until the fight subsides.