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Carl Thompson
02-20-2010, 08:29 PM
Interesting article from the BBC
"In our everyday lives some of the movements we make come about because we decide to make them, while others are forced upon us by reacting to events,"


02-21-2010, 02:28 AM
One of my students just told me about this. Interesting stuff!

02-21-2010, 09:33 AM
Interesting - maybe that is why we train to develop a conditioned reflex to certain types of attacks - as someone else said: " If you have to think about it, you have already lost" :)


02-21-2010, 11:38 AM
Sounds like application of seme in kendo.

You force your opponent to attack in a way you will dictate so that you can counter with a particular technique of your choosing. This is differnt than just reacting more quickly to an attack, than the person who initiates the attack.

02-21-2010, 01:48 PM
It is Mushin No Shin, the mind of no mind, no intention, no expectations.

"Mushin is achieved when a person's mind is free from thoughts of anger, fear or ego during combat or everyday life. There is an absence of discursive thought and judgment, so the person is totally free to act and react towards an opponent without hesitation and without disturbance from such thoughts. At this point, a person relies not on what they think should be the next move, but what is their trained natural reaction or what is felt intuitively. It is not a state of relaxed, near-sleepfulness, however. The mind could be said to be working at a very high speed, but with no intentions, plans or direction. In analogy a clear mind is compared to a still pond, which is able to clearly reflect the moon and trees. But just as waves in the pond will distort the picture of reality, so will the thoughts we hold onto disrupt the true perception of reality."