Friday, June 17, 2011

the right reaction....

Getting too caught up in a technique can be a bad thing.
What I mean by this is that if you have to search for the right response to an attack, it could be too late. Better to make a quick strike as a reaction and get away, than to fumble around for something specific and get laid out by your attacker in the process.
No-Mind, after all, could be in the form of a slick and smooth martial arts counter attack, or it could be in the form of a quick spit in an attackers eyes and a kick in the shins in order to run. You would be no less of a martial artist if that were the case. Whatever works is the right technique.
That said, one has to remember that an attacker, if motivated, can also run. This is a good reason to bring your No-Mind reactions up to a more substantial level. One also has to prepare for an attacker who may not let go at the first distractionary technique. For example, a kick in the groin may not drop a man who is full of adrenaline right away, or you may miss. You may sustain an injury during the scuffle that will not allow you to run.
The scenarios are limitless.
This is why we attempt to bring our non-conscious skills up to a degree that can cover the broadest range of situations.


  1. Ah, to react at naturally and effectively at the moment of a threat. Surely seeing the threat before the threat itself can help this process. "Big Mind" and all that stuff. For some reason the image of an attacker coming and performing effortless irimi comes to my mind.

  2. Excellent post. You've raised some very good points.

  3. This is one of the hardest things that I struggle with. Clearing the mind when working knife defenses - its somehow harder to do and yet easier to imagine that the situation is real.

    But in the end I guess it comes down to: choose something instead of nothing, one thing instead of 10 things, and get to safety.