Hey not sure if this is the right section for this but seeing as it's something that came up during a KM class and there doesn't seem to be an "acting school" section on here, thought I'd ask other practitioners. Basic situation setup is as follows: Drills dealing with knife threats - not attacks, threats where the knife is held to your throat. Act scared, grovel, cry whatever to keep your attackers mind engaged on other things as your bring your hands up and then move into responses. Seems fairly simple yeah? Well I failed miserably. Not at the response part, at the crying/grovelling part. Whenever we've do modern street defence in my primary art, we've always been told to remain calm, appear confident and not like a victim, get off the primal line, obtain and maintain tactical distancing etc etc. My training partner had no issues with the acting part of it, got his hands up as we were shown and moved into whichever response we were drilling at the time. When it was my turn I was told to think of myself as a method actor practicing for a role. After maybe my second try I got told that rather than sounding like a method actor, I sounded more like an actor on crystal meth I just could not cry or break down or grovel. On my request, my training partner ramped it up a little bit and came in with a sudden shove, swearing and a slashing action to place the knife to my throat. Still didn't work though, under the sudden adrenaline dump, I forgot the acting along with the techs we'd just learnt - left arm came up in a jamming action, right hand went to his throat and right knee came up into his groin. So I've been set homework. Learn to cry and show fear in order to buy time. Short of taking acting classes, is there anything you guys would recommend I try? Also, what are you thoughts on the whole showing fear in the face of a street attack approach? I'm not saying I'm some badass who laughs in the face of danger. I'm sure I'll be terrified if it ever happens but am unsure about showing it if that makes any sense?