by Kwang Jo Choi
Mental awareness is very important because it may save your life!
There are five conditions of awareness possible in threatening situations
Condition White: People in a white emotional state are day dreaming, ignoring what's happening around them and are not aware of their surroundings. These individuals can easily be overcome and victimized.
Condition Yellow: This is the ideal emotional state to be in throughout daily life. Your body is relaxed and you feel comfortable, but your mind is slightly elevated and aware of your surroundings. Your body is not stressed, so you could likely perceive and avoid accidents or threats. This state can be easily maintained.
Condition Orange: People in this emotional state may feel some danger, or sense something in their surroundings that raises their concern . Their body is somewhat alarmed and their heart is pumping faster than normal, but the person is not over stressed. In this condition. It is important you understand the chemical changes in your body caused by the threat. Breath deeply; stay calm as possible and mentally prepare to defend yourself in case an attack commences.
Condition Red: This emotional state, commonly known as the fight-or-flight crisis, is the state most people enter just before a physical confrontation. Your body chemistry changes instantaneously and you can sense that the situation is dangerous. Your heart is pumping much faster than normal and more blood is moving to major muscles (mainly legs and arms) The secondary gastric intestinal tract actually shuts off and the skin becomes cold as blood moves away from it and into the major groups. Epinephrine/norepinephrine is released into the bloodstream which causes major chemical changes in the body. The brain's ability to control its fine motor skills (small precision movements) is inhibited. In this state of excitement, only gross motor skills (large movements) are available. Attempting to hit small targets such as nerves or vital spots is simply not practical.
Condition Black: This emotional state is also know as freezing or chronic immobility. In this condition people are unable to defend themselves. Often this is experienced by those who have never had martial arts training. Someone in this state can't run or fight because they are completely overwhelmed with stress. You see the nervous system actually has three automatic survival responses: fight, flight and freeze. Without self-defence training, freezing is a highly likely response in a threatening situation.
Regular CKD training can help you avoid this response by helping you learn how your body actually feels in self-defence situations. And with practice, your body can be trained to respond to self-defence situations in a more competent and controlled manner.