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BRIDGEPORT -

While movie scenes give us the impression that fights go on for several minutes, professional martial arts instructors claim that's a major fallacy.

Mark Casey, owner of Casey's Black Belt Academy in Bridgeport, said the human body can only last for a few very short seconds.

"It starts with your sympathetic nervous system. Basically, the first 15 seconds is when you're at your maximum potential--your muscle strength, your vision. That is when you have your optimal opportunity," said Mark Casey, owner of Casey's Black Belt Academy in Bridgeport

After those 15 seconds some of your senses start to shut down.

"Once you hit the 15 seconds your adrenaline kicks in. You will then have an opportunity to see your peripheral vision go, your hearing will go. And from the time the predator attacks you, in 60 seconds you will go from 100 percent down to 30 percent," Casey said.

Casey said your eyes will begin to channel in on what is happening and nothing else.

"Your tunnel vision really begins to tunnel in on what the attack is happening," Casey said.

Casey said that's exactly why it's so important for people to be trained on how to make a quick decision and how to act on it.

"You're either going to fight or flight. It goes back to those common simple thought processes. One, you have to get out of that situation. How do you do that? If you have to fight, you're going to inflict pain. So, pain compliance. Either the kick, the pluck, the eye gouge, the groin. Anything you can do that is going to inflict pain. And then flight," Casey said.

He emphasized how vital it is for those individuals who decide to fight back to also include running away in the equation.

By the end of 60 seconds, Casey said even picking up a phone to dial 911 would be nearly impossible.

"Until you've been in it, you don't understand what's happening to you," Casey said.