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There are many ef­fec­tive ways to pre­pare for the un­ex­pected. When it comes to be­ing pre­pared, “ex­pect the un­ex­pected” is ab­so­lutely a must—es­pe­cially when it in­volves those who ex­pe­ri­ence chal­lenges adapt­ing to rapidly chang­ing cir­cum­stances.

Mar­tial arts have long been a form of prepar­ing peo­ple for un­ex­pected sit­u­a­tions and plan­ning for var­i­ous out­comes. The right in­struc­tor chal­lenges the stu­dent. And, with con­struc­tive crit­i­cism and mo­ti­va­tion, they also help their stu­dent grow in cru­cial ways. Within this train­ing, there’s also prepa­ra­tion of the body for unique move­ment by build­ing strength and stamina for con­tin­ued and pre­cise move­ment when nec­es­sary. How­ever, what nearly all “ther­a­pies” tend to over­look is the un­known—and this is where mar­tial arts truly shine.

For neuro-di­verse in­di­vid­u­als, it takes a spe­cial­ized kind of in­struc­tor to best as­sist.

Some in­struc­tors might over­look some of the tell­tale signs of stress and ris­ing emo­tional bur­dens. Mov­ing rapidly to an easy-to-ob­serve cur­ricu­lum will al­low for im­proved adapt­abil­ity. Un­for­tu­nately, most forms of tra­di­tional mar­tial arts train­ing are too rigid for the spe­cial needs com­mu­nity. It re­quires unique skills to mod­ify ac­cord­ingly, swiftly and rapidly to as­sist the neuro-di­verse.


Let me give you an ex­am­ple. Let’s say you go to a gro­cery store in search of ice cream. You find that your fa­vorite ice cream is sold out. At this mo­ment, there’s an ob­served re­al­ity, and a de­ci­sion must be made about what to do next: Pur­chase an­other brand? Maybe get an­other fla­vor from the same brand? Per­haps you’ll just skip ice cream al­to­gether and go to the gym.

No mat­ter what the fi­nal out­come is, some type of un­fore­seen event has hap­pened. If this mod­i­fied de­ci­sion hadn’t been reached, it could have been easy to get emo­tion­ally frus­trated.

So, there are two ways to ap­proach sit­u­a­tions such as this to help adapt­abil­ity in change. [OC­TO­BER 2020]

Change is hard for any­one. A dis­as­ter al­ways com­prises a se­ries of un­fore­seen and un­set­tling events. It’s never as planned pre­vi­ously, and adapt­abil­ity is key to suc­cess. When we look at how we make de­ci­sions and re­al­ize there are rea­sons for our be­hav­ior and mo­ti­va­tion, we can com­pletely adapt to those changes with min­i­mal stress.

Like­wise, we can help those who are un­com­fort­able with change by mak­ing the process of de­ci­sion-mak­ing more rou­tine. They say the brain is a mus­cle, and prac­tic­ing with it makes us men­tally strong. Our brain is also a nerve, and it needs to be stim­u­lated in or­der for us to ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal ad­vance­ment.

Hav­ing con­tin­ual train­ing and de­vel­op­ment that prac­tice "ex­pect the un­ex­pected" are es­sen­tial for de­vel­op­ing pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and un­der­stand­ing re­main in­stru­men­tal as­pects of adapt­ing to new, unique sit­u­a­tions. We can sup­port oth­ers to de­velop these skills; and of­ten, it's as sim­ple as es­tab­lish­ing a rou­tine of “sched­uled un­pre­dictabil­ity” in or­der to prac­tice the OODA loop.

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