As you know, I take safety very seriously at all of my seminars – both physical and psychological safety are paramount I feel for people to get the most out of their training. There is no reason that you should get injured while training to protect yourself from injury.
I know that some of the feedback I get is that I may be TOO concerned with safety checks, and that people “get it”.
But guess what – they don’t! Hell I am living proof of this.
The first time I was ever introduced to a one-step drill, the instructors kept telling me to go slow, and I assured them that I was! So did my partner. We both thought that it was slow and that the coaches were being overprotective … and then bam! Shoulder dislocation.
People tend to forget that one of the major symptoms of adrenaline or the stress response is something called time dilation. Which means you don’t actually know how fast or slow you are going when you start getting amped up.
This kind of thing has happened to pretty much everyone when drilling with a partner. Whether in sparring, rolling, pressure testing or even something as silly as a one-step drill. Once you add another human to the drill, your monkey brain needs to show off, even if you don’t mean to.
This is the importance of having a calm outsider around for safety. They can see past your emotional investment and help keep things safe.
Find a coach you trust and then trust your coach, even if you think you may know better.