How The Startle Flinch is Our Greatest Self Defense Mechanism And How to Use It EP21

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

The human startle flinch represents the most natural approach to learning how to protect ourselves. The flinch is evolutionary at its core built around how humans move naturally.

How The Startle Flinch is Greatest Self Defense Mechanism And How to Use It
How The Startle Flinch is Greatest Self Defense Mechanism And How to Use It

The startle reflex is hardwired into you as soon as your born. Infants will respond to loud noise by making a sudden body movement, bringing the legs and arms toward the chest.

EVERYBODY flinches when they are truly surprised. People make a quick, nervous movement as an instinctive reaction to fear, pain, or surprise.

It works best when you awaken your awareness and point it loosely toward the threat. Generally, we will have a sense of the geographic region of the threat but not the exact nature.

However, fixating on a potential threat could make you lose track of the actual threat. In this case, startle, flinch will be little to not nonexistent.

For close-quarter scenarios, your threat sensory should have a wide aperture with a narrow geographical range.

How to Train your body to Improve your startle flinch Response Defense

The polysensory zone is the flinching headquarters of the brain-- It can alter muscle response along with the ability to process sensory stimuli. This area of the brain provides insight into how our bodies function to defend itself and it can be enhanced with training and practice.

Training The Startle Flinch

Improve the performance of your reaction time if your muscle groups are plastic. Meaning like a rubberband taught vs having to stretch it first. The energy is built ready to spring. In this video, we will illustrate these two key exercises. Use your body's core not just gravity.

  1. Squat - shoulder shrug block

  2. Squat - shoulder shrug block palm strike.

If you understand what situational awareness witts are and practice them actively you have a chance to react.

  1. Understanding- mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation.

  2. Practice - the act of rehearsing a behavior over and over, or engaging in an activity again and again, for the purpose of improving or mastering it, as in the phrase 'practice makes perfect.

  3. Chance- a possibility of something happening.

The antithesis of this is;

  1. If you don't see it, you won't move from it.

  2. If you think it'll never happen to you, you absolutely won't see it coming.

If you're paying attention, is that EVERYBODY flinches when they are truly surprised.


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