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#184273 - 09/06/05 05:27 PM Fear on the streets?
ZiNe Offline
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How did you guys overcome the fear and fight for the first time? I've only had one incident with a fight on the street and it scared me enough. I'm really afraid to fight now. I'm only 14 and i'm not trying to get into any fights, I just wanna be prepared for when I do get into one. How did you guys overcome the fear of being beaten up? Cause I sure can't...I just wanna be able to stand up for myself and not be afraid of getting beat up...Any help?

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#184274 - 09/06/05 05:39 PM Re: Fear on the streets? [Re: ZiNe]
nekogami13 V2.0 Offline
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Realistic preparation.
Go get training and spar.

Ps. I am always afraid to an extent and I have been in dozens of "real" fights.
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#184275 - 09/06/05 05:53 PM Re: Fear on the streets? [Re: ZiNe]
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Sometimes a good dose of fear does you good. Keeps you from doing something stupid, you know. I think it's the airheads who don't fear anything who end up in the most trouble. Don't let it get to you and keep up your training.
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#184276 - 09/06/05 07:01 PM Re: Fear on the streets? [Re: ZiNe]
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Use that fear to motivate yourself into action. If you fear being beaten so much, well, it's a certainty if you don't fight back.
Look out for Geoff Thompsons, Fear, the friend of exceptional people.
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#184277 - 09/06/05 09:50 PM Re: Fear on the streets? [Re: ZiNe]
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nekogami13 V2 said it best!


Train. Spar. Repeat a LOT! Over time you toughen up and aren't afraid anymore. That's the biggest benefit of training martial arts. So the training has to be there.

Then remember this: The FEAR is always what you feel BEFORE a fight happens. It's "pre-fight" jitters. Once it's underway, you're not going to be scared anymore - because you won't have TIME to be afraid.

Here's Matt Thornton's analogy:

You're standing on very high diving board, contemplating jumping off into the water. The water sure looks like it's a LONG way down though. You're nervous as you consider what you're about to do, wondering what "might happen if you screw up". You have the "pre-dive jitters".

Suddenly you're in the air and then in the water - there's no TIME to use your brain and "think" about what's happening, you are only reacting. It's then that you AREN'T scared.

Same way in a fight. Once it's underway, you're just reacting. With good training, you'll react in a positive manner. No fear.

-John

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#184278 - 09/06/05 11:21 PM Re: Fear on the streets? [Re: JKogas]
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My devestating good looks and rapier like wit aren't the only reason I am a mod
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#184279 - 09/07/05 01:13 PM Re: Fear on the streets? [Re: nekogami13 V2.0]
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Quote:

My devestating good looks and rapier like wit aren't the only reason I am a mod




Its his sleek and shin hair!
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#184280 - 09/08/05 01:10 AM Re: Fear on the streets? [Re: funstick5000]
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I've always convinced myself that fear is the other guys problem ... he should be fearing me. Anyway, don't confuse fear from adrenaline or nerves. They're always present right before a fight. My leg used to always twitch right when a fight was about to go down.

And being 14, try not to get into too many fights. Train and spar. That's the ticket.

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#184281 - 09/08/05 08:50 PM Re: Fear on the streets? [Re: CatnPhx]
Blindsided Offline
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Registered: 05/09/05
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my head gets all tense before a fight is about to go down.. i dont know its weird.. lol

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#184282 - 09/10/05 12:18 PM Re: Fear on the streets? [Re: ZiNe]
matxtx Offline
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Registered: 07/12/05
Posts: 700
Loc: england
an ex-bouncer,martial artist,writer geezer call geoff thompson covers this kind of stuff well.in fact he covers all things to do with realism well.fear,adrenaline dump.etc etc.
Peter Consterdine also .
Marc 'animal' MacYoung has wise words too.
a guy called charles nelson too.
getting your state of mind right and your attitude in your head is often overlooked and important.
i remember once on a night out in one of my 'experiences',this guy started on me verbally and when i said i didnt want trouble ,his mate said 'he's scared'..probly my shakey voice,,,so it defo made me look easy......then it kicked off.
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