When most people think about personal security they think of the physical elements – punching, kicking, what if the bad guy is bigger than me? What if he has a gun or a knife?
Most self-defense and martial arts systems, in fact, focus almost exclusively on this part of the equation.
However – the brain controls the body, and while the physical elements and techniques are vital, of far greater consequence is the ability to think under pressure. (Which is more important? Strong Mind or Strong Body?)
Absent the “right” training, the mind is more likely to shut down and go into paralysis or panic, rather than appropriate and decisive decision-making.
Hick’s Law Equation
Paradoxically, there is a little known scientific principal known as “Hicks Law” that states if you have too many options during a crisis, that your reaction time will be radically slowed –resulting, effectively in analysis-paralysis.
Martial arts and most self defense systems that focus on the development of highly athletic, complex skill sets typically fail under real world pressure, often leaving a practitioner with more confusion and immobilization than someone even with no training due to this Hicks law dynamic.
We call this negative process “horizontal decision making”. Like an inverted funnel, one stimuli permits many possible options, causing analysis paralysis.
INPAX, rather, is built upon a simple, “vertical decision making process.” One or two possible responses are adequate to address several different potential stimuli. This funneling of responses allows for rapid and decisive action. In other words, a small, highly selective, vocabulary of skill sets can be utilized to “problem solve” a variety of threat stimuli – with maximum speed, economy, practicality, and effectiveness.
The objective is to ensure that you can think under pressure, adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, make the right decisions, and have the physical skills to back them up.
Accomplish that, and you will achieve a level of confidence typically only known by elite military, law enforcement and close protection operators.