That is because Mike has trained himself on all of these techniques, but has not actually trained himself on stress management, building intestinal and mental fortitude. Attempting to program reactions into ones brain under controlled conditions does exactly that, programs the brain to react and act under THAT condition. One must actually become attuned to stress, real stress, real panic, real adrenaline and learn mental focus under those conditions. In the infantry, we would train under grueling conditions: wet, muddy, cold (or too hot), tired, and stressed, in an effort to learn how to think clearly and utilize our training under extreme circumstances.
- Now, some food for thought. The Japanese Samurai had a technique they called "no mind no sword". The basic idea behind it was to have ones soul so engrained with their training that they in essence would flow through their situation neither thinking or "trying" to win, or concern about consequence of loosing. They essentially became the flow of movements to embrace the essence of the weapon, and land a strike. To think about the movements, or think about the weapon, to think about winning or losing was considered a step towards death.
- So, back to Mike.... he freezes, or flails, or does other random "things" because he has no means to manage the stress in and of itself. He has not in fact trained for anything except what he would do in a controlled environment. One must endure repeated ventures into stressful conditions before he/she gains clarity of thought in those conditions. Simulating stress is not "fun", and thus most people do not subject themselves to it.
- Go dig a 6 foot hole in the back yard, in the rain, at night, while your friends yell at you and throw nerf footballs at you..... Then jump out, practice your drills - tired, cold, pissed off and wet .... That’s about 30% of what it feels like when you’re in a 30 second confrontation where you may end up dead at the hands of some crack head joker...
- In a confrontation, you will experience: random overwhelming emotions, tunnel vision, cannot look away from the enemy, shaking hands, "fat" hands (all thumbs), modified time: "slow motion" or may happen too quickly. sick to the stomach, vomiting, modified hearing, modified color perception, un able to focus on small objects or details, etc, etc, etc ..... You may experience some, none, or all of these, and in varying degrees. It all depends on your personality, ability to manage stress, and training that you can apply during stress.
- I hope that provides some insight...