[From The Editor] Facing multiple attackers is the most dangerous thing you can do.
That’s because if they get you down on the ground, they could easily stomp you to death.
Facing one guy isn’t necessarily a life-and-death situation, although it could be.
Facing a bunch of people at once almost certainly is.
To succeed, you’ve got to be able to throw your “combat switch.”
You probably have a vague idea that this is the combat mindset you need to be truly ruthless in a life-or-death fight.
But how exactly do you go about developing that, and what does it really mean to you?
I spoke with my friend Ron Grobman about this, and here is a run-down of what he had to say to me.
Throwing Your “Combat Switch” For Multiple Attackers!
Your combat switch is that change in your mindset that is going to help you unleash your full power and your full potential.
Throwing that combat switch is what will help you destroy the person in front of you.
So, this begs the question:
- How do you establish that switch?
- How do you develop it?
- How do you identify what it is and then incorporate it in your training?
Here are three tips for developing your combat switch, including two drills.
1. The Hallway Drill
The first of the two drills is called the hallway drill.
Think of it as running a gauntlet.
You have to have a number of training partners to do this drill.
- The training partners form two rows of people, creating a hallway.
- The person doing the drill has to make their way through the gauntlet.
- The whole time, the people on either side are striking at them, hitting them, grabbing them.
The person going through the hallway can fight back, and their goal is to make their way through the gauntlet.
You can scale the intensity of this drill based on how much force the participants are willing to use.
(Obviously, it would be easy to get hurt doing this, so take that into consideration when determining how much force to use.)
2. The Ring Of Fire
The second drill is related to the first, but with some variations.
It’s called the ring of fire.
You get enough people together so that they can surround the student with their arms interlaced.
(This isn’t a fighting drill, because the people in the ring have their arms locked together and can’t fight back.)
The student’s job is to use sheer brute force to break through the ring.
Meanwhile, the people forming the ring do their best to stop that person.
The drill trains you to use brute strength against a seemingly impossible blockade.
You have to bust out despite them stopping you.
3. Learn That Nothing Is Impossible
The two drills just described put you in a mindset that helps you develop your combat trigger.
They do this because they teach you to do extraordinarily difficult things.
Getting beaten by 20 people while you are fighting back is amazingly difficult.
Busting out of a circle of people determined to stop you is likewise difficult.
Once you’ve proven to yourself you can do these things, you train your brain to “throw that switch” and do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals.
You learn that you are capable of these great feats, and you learn the attitude that you have to have in order to do so.
When you have to fight, you fight, even if the task seems impossible.
It hinges on fear and anger.
When fear turns to anger turns to determination in the face of impossible odds, you learn to completely unleash yourself.
That is your combat switch.
Learning to throw it, and developing it through this type of training, could save your life.