How to not flinch
how to not flinch
So what can you do? Actually there is a lot you can do, and answers fall into several general categories. You can retrain your reflexes, re-orient your attitude and learn how boost your visual
One way to help control flinching is to minimize the surprise of an opponent’s actions. Visually this can be done in two ways. At the start of freefighting, or when action has momentarily ceased, I teach my students to look into their opponents’ eyes but also perceive their whole body — at least at the beginning.
Q: I’m having problems with starting to flinch, nothing to do with recoil but my body just seems to twitch regardless of my shooting position and how well my gun is supported. Can you offer any advice?
Watch someone shoot in detail. As the gun fires and recoil moves the rifle, does their shoulder twitch, their finger immediately spring forward off the blade or their eyeball shut as their head springs up far too fast for comfort? Or do they seem dead on the gun, finger still on the trigger, head still on the stock and peering through the gun as if nothing happened? If it’s the latter, chances are that they have executed a perfect trigger squeeze and although they are expecting the gun to go off, and are, in fact, waiting for it to happen, all they have mentally thought is, I’m ready. squeeeeeeze BANG. Once you commit to the squeeze, you aim and aim and aim.
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Let’s talk in a more specific manner to try and sort of make this more concrete for people. They get this impression, ‘Oh, why is it so hard for me.’ We have no faith in our ability to reconstruct, and we have no faith in our own ability to make things better for ourselves. Some of the simplest things that you can do are to put yourself in situations where there really are no sort of negative social or psychological or physical consequences for what you do, but you feel this anxiety—what I call the flinch.
Almost every single post I write about shooting technique mentions dry fire, and avoiding flinch is no different. Staring at the front sight during dry fire helps build the habit of keeping your eyes open through the shot. While dry fire alone won’t stop you from blinking while shooting, it will still help and is quite a bit cheaper than live fire at the range.
To keep your eyes open, shooters must, well… force themselves to keep their eyes open. Makes sense, right? We can do that by focusing intently on the sights while shooting, particularly the front sight if you’re using iron sights. Watch that sight rise and fall through the shot’s recoil. Not only does this help us keep from blinking while shooting, this is something we need to be doing anyways to shoot accurately and quickly with our follow up shots.
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My coach always said “If you close your eyes the monster will never go away”. People who are not used to sparring and getting punched in the face have a flinch reflex everytime they see a punch coming their way. This instinctive reaction can be deadly in a real fight where you are risking dire consequences if you get hit on the chin with a powerhouse shot. So the first step towards learning to dodge is to stop flinching and keep your eyes open so you can see the direction of the punch and where it is aiming.
It’s also important to note that most black belts in traditional martial arts completely skip impulse based training, and as such they really actually suck at taking punches. It doesn’t matter how much you smack the wooden dummy.
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One of the toughest aspects of flinch is proving it exists. And even tougher than convincing a friend or student that they might be flinching can be convincing yourself that you are! It’s difficult because few people like to admit they are either afraid or not in complete control of their minds. The gun’s loud bang and violent recoil can make it truly difficult to tell what instigated the movement of the gun—the blast of the shell or the shooter himself. But if the shooter is routinely missing targets that other shooters hit with the same gun, there’s a good chance flinch is the culprit.
But when you have the urge to flinch and you don’t, you gain a kind of strength. And when you look people right in the eyes with your arms hanging by your sides where they naturally hang and you speak truthfully without flinching, you have an unnervingly powerful personal presence.
Refuse to flinch.
if i were you do not punch first then after the fight you will end up being the one in. by Anonymous
and like one guy before, I don’t have a sparring partner. So, I’ve been putting up a speed bag on an extended cord, jab and crossing it and attempting to move my head at the last minute, only after I’ve seen that the bag is coming for my head, and not so far as to be an over extended head movement.
Finally, when considering a rifle update you might want to think semiautomatic. Gas-operated semiautomatic rifles absorb recoil better than other rifle platforms due to the use of gas in the cycling mechanism.
Foam ear plugs and electronic protective ear muffs can help minimize the jarring sound associated with shooting.