Controlling fear and panic

When it comes to a real-life situation which could potentially be hurtful, people freeze in their tracks due to fear and panic. When overcome by fear and panic, our mental and physical abilities become highly impaired.

Have you ever been really nervous about an upcoming event? A sporting event or a big speech at work can put you on the edge or fill you with fear. Imagine being in a situation where your life and well-being hang in the balance.

Fear can be dreadful and paralyzing, but if we do not learn how to control it, our whole life can change in a second. By controlling our fear and panic, we can use it to our advantage. All of our senses intensify, including your strength and reaction time.

How do we control fear and panic?

It is not something you learn in a classroom setting. It takes repeat applications to build up your system and break down those paralyzing barriers. Fear and panic never completely go away, and you do not want them to, because fear heightens your senses during a confrontation. Below are a couple of examples of how your training will build up your nervous system to deal with, and adjust to, fear and panic.

Imagine going to the gun range for the first time. You are at the front desk and, although you are aware that you are at a gun range, you jump and become frightened when you hear the gunshots from the range. You notice the employees and the regular customers go about their business like it is no big deal. The first time you rode a roller coaster you were probably filled with fear and at the edge of your seat. Once you have repeatedly ridden the coaster, your senses and nervous system will eventually adjust to the situation. All of these stories and comparisons relate to reality training.

When you train in a realistic manner, your body and mind will recognize and react accordingly whenever you are in a real-life altercation. Your body will still experience fear and anxiety, but because of the training you will receive, you will be able to work through it instead of shutting down. You will be in control of your emotions and actions during a crisis, which will give you the upper hand in any situation. The goal of scenario-based training is to give you the ability to make your fear your fuel. Let fear be a warning that prepares you, not the emotion that overwhelms you.

This is where C.O.B.R.A. scenario training comes in.