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Psychological. You need to understand the psychological tactics attackers use and how to counter them. You also need to be able to use these same tactics in your favor and be able to think and perform under adverse conditions.
- You need an understanding and acceptance of fear as part of any confrontation.
- Your training should include role playing scenarios to give you an opportunity to experience the dynamics of a confrontation in a controlled setting. Such role plays must, within reason and safely, include all elements of a real confrontation, such as foul language, yelling, hand and body actions, environmental factors, etc. Role playing will give you the opportunity to practice situational awareness and situation assessment skills as well as tactical decision making in situations of controlled stress.
- Realistic training will accustom you to the pain and confusion of street combat.
- Increase your verbal and non-verbal skills so you may de-escalate a confrontation.
- Develop continuous alertness. As long as you are alert, many confrontations may be prevented or at least managed.
- Learn to deal with pain.