You may be surprised to learn how many people in the world are scared by the idea of having to hit someone, even when in a self defense situation. Self defense qualities can be developed in many ways, but one method that is embraced by plenty of men and women is training with a heavy bag. Why? I will explain it to you right away.
What is Hit Psychology?
When you are in a situation that constrains you to take action in order to defend yourself, you will feel an adrenaline rush, accompanied by a wide variety of sensations and emotions. There are people who say that they have never thought themselves to be able to act in a certain manner (especially a violent one), but given the circumstances, they acted on instinct to save or protect themselves. However, as I mentioned earlier, not everyone feels capable of acting on instinct just like that.
Training with a heavy bag gives you a great benefit and that is the development of something called Hit Psychology. What does this mean? Practically, by consistently hitting a heavy bag, training with it, will help you develop confidence that you can, in extreme situations, really defend yourself by landing a punch or a kick to your assailant.
Development of gross motor skills
If you are thinking that there is more than just psychology in this, you are right. Hitting a heavy bag according to a routine helps you develop something called gross motor skills. What happens when you are in a physically threatening situation is that you are put under a lot of pressure and stress. Gross motor skills engage large groups of muscles that are not affected by stress. In other words, you will train to respond properly to a physical assault, by training your muscles to serve you and act in order to protect you, and even save you from a dangerous situation.