It is very easy for those of us who have had to stop training for a while for one reason or another, to see ourselves as if we were at our peak performance. We visualize ourselves as undefeatable. We have the expectations that we can defend ourselves against almost anything at anytime.
What we must realize is that our reality has more to do with our level of training than our mental expectations. While it is good to employ creative visualization, we also need to keep up-to-date and maintain our physical skills. A life or death situation is not the time to discover that your control & defensive tactics skills are not at the level of your expectations. Consistant and continual training is key to having a calm mind amongst chaos.
Train Often & Stay Safe!