When facing an assailant, you have a few choices: You can take a lesson from Mr. Miyagi and prepare to unleash a savage crane kick, or you can take a lesson from Mr. Tony Blauer and win the fight.
Blauer is the inventor of the SPEAR System, which teaches people to use their hard-wired startle-flinch response to danger to produce effective counterattacks. By training to use your instinctual reflexes to your advantage, you can give yourself a good chance of surviving an attack.
In this video, Blauer takes a look at how self-consciousness and ego affect the outcome of a fight. During a previous seminar, Blauer effectively illustrated his point by pantsing an attacker who then reached down for his shorts and suddenly found himself receiving simulated headbutts and elbows.
Additional reading: Fight Training Fitness: An Interview With Tony Blauer by Yael Grauer, published Feb. 1, 2007.