This first class Session delves into the important distinction between the things you truly do naturally and the gut feelings or increased efficiency you have based on prior experiences and learning. Most importantly, Rob explains how you can utilize these two powerful concepts in your preparation for personal defense. Instinctive things can’t be erased, but you can learn to integrate them into your training and you can choose to train in ways that work well with what your body does naturally.
Neuroscience is the study of how the human brain functions and interacts with the nervous system. Counter Ambush Concepts: Neuroscience looks specifically at what we know about how the human brain operates in the context of a surprise physical attack. In taking this class, you’ll learn how to apply this knowledge in the selection and set up of a defensive handgun, and the development of an effective reality-based counter ambush training model that maximizes efficiency in stopping a threat.
Something as mundane as stumbling on a flight of stairs, for example, elicits an automatic physical reaction of reaching for a railing or bracing ourselves for the fall. Similarly, the human body is hardwired to physically react when startled or caught off guard, as in an ambush. This class helps you understand your body’s automatic reaction so that you can integrate those reactions into your defensive training plan.
Your instructor for this class is PDN Executive Director Rob Pincus. Rob breaks down key aspects of the neuroscientific processes of the human brain in easy-to-understand terms and applies those processes to defensive training. You’ll differentiate critical concepts like sensory perception versus cognitive awareness, and what it means to react instinctively versus intuitively. And you’ll see how advances in our understanding of the neurosciences has led to an evolution in a training concept pioneered decades ago, called the O.O.D.A. Loop, into a contemporary update called O3A.
The importance of knowing how the human brain reacts to surprises, how it controls your body, executes learned responses and contributes to the techniques that you are going to rely on in an ambush situation cannot be overstated.
More Than a Video Presentation
In addition to the detailed video instruction, this class includes a printable download, detailing some of the key concepts presented in the video class. Plus, to help you put the concepts you learn into practice, you’ll receive 5 bonus downloadable training exercises designed to help you solidify your understanding of the material presented through your own practical application of key concepts.
PDN Academy Certification
Your class includes automatic access to the PDN Academy Testing Center. There you can test your understanding of the material presented in your class via a series of questions derived from the class materials. Earn a passing score and you’ll immediately receive a personalized Certificate of Training recognizing your accomplishment. Full details are provided in your downloadable class materials provided when you purchase this class.
Based on years of research into startle reactions and how they can be integrated into training and experimentation in regard to technique development and practice models, the Counter Ambush Concepts: Neuroscience class is one of the most unique self-defense educational opportunities available.
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Bonus Materials Included
Class Supplement PDF ?
Class Exercises PDF ?
Class Notes Page PDF ?
Certification Instructions ?
Sample: Certificate of Training ?
Video: Meet Your Instructor ?