Lee Love on fri 9 jun 06
On 6/8/06, Ivor and Olive Lewis wrote:
> But I am interested in you hypothesis that sight is not needed in sensing another persons
> intended motion. What is the nature of this sensitivity if you are not in contact with your
>opponent. Is it precognition or telepathy ?
I said that you can _feel_ more quickly than you can _see_
, so you can react more quickly to your partner. It only seems
like precognition or telepathy (or magic) , if you are not trained in
touch sensitivity. In the begining, you would swear it is magic
because train people can toss you around like a rag doll.
There are long range, middle range, close range and
grappling martial arts. In the case where your art does not require
you to touch, you have to depend only on visual cues. But well
rounded systems prepares you to deal with all the ranges. Some
simply choose to focus on one or an other.
With the inside arts that depend upon touch sensitivity, you
close on your partner as quickly as possible. In Wing Chun and the
Filipino Kali I studied, one method is to do something callled a
Blast, which is a series of continual straight-line punches (you move
your arms so they look something like the arms on a locomotive wheel.)
The objective isn't really to hit your partner, but rather, to come
in contact with their limbs so you can be in touch range, while making
it more difficult for your partner to hit you.
> If you are in contact with your opponent then it
>is simple pressure sensitivity, in the same way that you can feel the
beat of your own
> pulse within your own body. Practice heightens that sensitivity through rote learning.
>Nothing esoteric, just simple psychology.
Rote/classical learning by itself will not help you
improvise. In practical self defense, being able to improvise is
very important. Improvisational/jazz learning helps you improvise.
In classical Japanese M.A.s, you do a lot of rote learning of kata.
In the Filipino arts there is a lot of improvisational play. One is
like classical music. The other is like Jazz. The best artists
meld these two approaches together.
Lee in Mashiko, Japan
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Arnold Howard on fri 9 jun 06
----- Original Message -----
> On 6/8/06, Ivor and Olive Lewis
>> But I am interested in you hypothesis that sight is not
>> needed in sensing another persons
>> intended motion. What is the nature of this sensitivity
>> if you are not in contact with your
>>opponent. Is it precognition or telepathy ?
I have experienced this in karate. It sounds strange, but
when it happens, it seems natural.
I was sparring with a large opponent one time. Just before
he attacked, I felt a wall of energy coming at me from him.
It was a distinct force, unseen, of course. In that second
before he actually moved toward me, I knew that he would run
right over me unless I resisted his energy. So I used my
will power to become more aggressive than he was. When he
moved toward me, I was able to stop him.
Another interesting mental state is to change one's
perception so that the opponent appears to move in slow
motion. The first time I experienced that, I was astounded.
I am sure many of you have experienced that state perhaps
while at the wheel, since you spend so many hours in focused
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