By Julie Beck, Level 2 MovNat Certified Trainer & MovNat Combatives Trainer
In the words of my MovNat Combatives Instructor, “YOU don’t choose, THEY choose YOU” and you need to be ready for your life to change in an instant.
Have you ever been near to someone who gives you the willies or instinctively you feel is creeping you out? Your instincts and your true nature are most assuredly right on target. Speaking of target, what would you do to protect yourself if this disturbing energy turned on you? If you are trained in MovNat Combatives, you know EXACTLY what you would do.
In fact, you use your instinct and physical preparedness, your experience, and your training to respond. You might use your peripheral vision to “feel” the situation and your environment, maybe create a distance between you, be prepared to YELL, and remember to maintain your breath as evenly as possible despite your off-the-charts adrenaline high. You are creating a plan of action as you gauge the intentions of your would-be attacker in this possible personal assault scenario.
If you are physically attacked, you might experience tunnel vision. Or, your hearing changes and time is distorted, either speeding up or slowing down all motion as you feel your chest and lungs tighten (hence the need for controlled breathing). Untrained, your fine motor skills might freeze in terror instead of being able to act with heightened awareness. You MUST be able pay attention to your surroundings, the would-be attacker(s) and your own mindset. Every situation is different, we don’t have a solution, we just have techniques.
Techniques are what you will learn in MovNat Combatives training:
- Situational awareness
- Using the element of surprise
- Mastering your breathing
- 5 target areas
- Types of strikes/knees/elbows etc.
- Protecting your body
- How to fall safely
These are some of the more distinct notes that I made from my 2-day training:
- TRAIN SLOW & SIMPLE – practice practice practice
- Every single strike should hit the target
- STAY OFF THE GROUND
- Control the clinch to control the other person
- Place all your bodyweight into striking – as much power as you can
- Keep low / Move IN
- Protect your head!
- BREAK STUFF, THIS IS NOT A FAIR FIGHT!
As a 5’0” tall female, I learned early on to protect myself using martial arts, cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and MMA grappling skills. This MovNat workshop was the most beneficial “preservation of life” training I’ve experienced first-hand because it is not a disciplined martial art, it is a self-defense and mind conditioning program. We used real-life scenarios to test our skill-sets. And trust me when I tell you, IT WAS REAL.
As a side note, I also met at least six other like-minded individuals trained in MovNat and Combatives that I continue to “like, follow and share” with – even two years after my experience.
So, why MovNat Combatives training? It could save your life.
About the author: Julie Beck is a MovNat Level 2 Certified Trainer, a MovNat Combatives Certified Trainer, and the owner of Warrior Up Fitness in Seal Beach, California.