Many martial artists have outstanding physical and mental skills and physical conditioning. The problem is that all these abilities relate to their martial art; they have everything the need to be good at their martial art. When faced with a situation outside the realm of their martial art, these skills and fitness levels may be practically useless. A professional football player and take a pounding in a game on Sunday and be fine the next day. However, if the same player plays a few set of tennis for the first time with his girlfriend, the next day he will probably ache over all over, since he used muscles he was not accustomed to using. Fighting an opponent in the ring, no matter the level of contact, is not that stressful for a fighter since he or she has trained for it and know there are rules, rules keepers, and available medical services. However, in self-defense situations, there are no rules, referees, or medial help.
Thus, when faced with this type situation, even a martial art champion may quickly go into HRmax, and get slaughtered. Going into HRmax is not a death sentence; you will still have you instructive fighting skills and access to some of you martial arts training. In addition, with proper training in recovery techniques, you will be able to lower your heart rate, come out of HRmax, and gain some control of the situation. Professional fighters train in relaxing and recovery in the short minute between rounds. Many times a fighter who is seemingly wasted at the end of round, come back strong after only a one-minute rest.
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