I Saw It In Slow Motion
I can actually cite many training and real world scenarios of the phenomenon in action, both in my own life, and in that of the senior Blackbelts I’ve trained at Krav Maga Martial Arts.
While most are overwhelmed with how fast things move in the training exercise we call the stress drill, at some point in their training most eventually say that “it’s as if the attacks are coming in slow motion.”
To the observer of this test, by the way, it is happening very fast and it’s as if the Blackbelt’s speed and accuracy dealing with the problems are super-human.
Today I want to share something I learned recently about the state I’d known formerly only as mushin…
turns out the Blue Angels develop and apply the same:
Dynamic Focus is the ability to shift between the task at hand and the overall situation in fractions of a second. It creates rapid compartmentalization, followed by immediate execution. It is the ability to focus down and open up in cadence. This ability allows single-pointed focus, along with total awareness. This is a skill that can be taught and mastered.
In the passage above, author and former Blue Angel pilot, John Foley, talks about the dynamic focus required for elite Blue Angel pilots to do what they do.
He also makes the important point that this ability is what separates the elite from the average in every athletic, business or other high performance endeavor.
While I didn’t know dynamic focus by that name until I read Foley’s book, Fearless Success- which I am now sharing with my current and future KMMA Teams in my Martial Arts Professional (MAP) program- I have been long aware of the existence of this power as one of the benefits of our method of training.
The KMMA stress drill not only prepares the student for progressively higher levels of self defense proficiency, but also develops the ability to perform at a high level under a lot of stress, decision making abilities and, yes, the power of dynamic focus.
This power is one of the high performance tools that Blue Angels and KMMA Blackbelts use to survive and thrive in any situation, and arise as leaders in their fields and in their world.
Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!
About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commissioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.
The Krav MagaMartial Arts Headquarters is in Lutz, FL at 1900 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., 33549. Krav Maga Martial Arts serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and surrounding areas.
See stephendelcastillo.com for more information and to order my book, Developing Your Superpower, Meditations on Mastery, Volume 1.