Often, many of us are apt to train, read, and research to the ends of the earth. At least in my case, I can't help but constantly research and train for something that I believe to be inevitable (though statistically it is quite minute): combat. However, for all this training, reading, and researching, only the most experienced and hardened of us are truly prepared for combat. Even the veteran martial artist can freeze when a .45 is drawn and pointed at them. Even the hard street fighter can lose control when, excuse my french, "shit hits the fan".
So what am I getting at? Well, my question to you guys/gals is: what kind of experience do you have in these situations? Before you answer, let me try and hone your sights into a more specific venue. Have you experienced a high stress situation (e.g. had a gun pulled on you, been present for a robbery, been mugged yourself, been "jumped", etc.)? If you have, what did you experience (e.g. tunnel vision, loss of hearing, loss of consciousness, etc.), and how did you handle your reaction and the situation presented? Another question I'd love answered is: how did you handle the "after burn" (e.g. fatigue after the situation, anger, depression, etc.)?
I personally believe from the standpoint of proclaiming ourselves warriors of any sort, whether it be for combat or peace, that we must be well informed and well trained. Some of us may not be aware that in very high stress situations, our fine motor control skills simply stop functioning for the sake of survival. Just as well, many of us aren't aware that in these situations, we may release all contents from our bowels for the sake of survival. After all, in reality, that's what we're training for: survival.
Appreciate all replies and hope this becomes an informative discussion!
Training for single combat will help you prepare muscle memory above all other things. Yes, training can help you better understand your own and your enemy's weaknesses, but you can't experience the true sense of danger until you're looking at it in the face.
As a practice I use meditation to bring me into those situations where I can imagine the danger and because it's playing out in my mind it does more to bring up those feelings of peril instead of practicing with someone I know won't seriously hurt me.
When you ready your mind which, after all, controls your actions you expose yourself to how to handle those feelings that may otherwise cause you to freeze in the moment. It's not the same as real life, but after preparing your mind over and over again you won't be caught in a situation unknown to you. You've already played out someone putting a gun in your face many times. You've thought through all the questions, 'Do I run', 'do I hand over my wallet and keys', 'do I try to talk the person out of it', and so on.
In this manner you've played out all of YOUR responses, which you have confidence in, and what you can live with.
I hope this has helped in some way.