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Old 07-09-2003, 11:00 AM   #3
Dojo: Methuen Aikido
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 97
I think it's a lot like poker in that everybody has a "tell". Maybe they inhale a certain way or tense up just a little or flare their nostrils or shift their weight, but just about everyone does SOMETHING before they attack. I think that we perceive these things without being aware of them and over time we develop a Pavlovian response to them i.e someone shifts their weight a certain way and you automatically expect an attack even if you don't know why you expect it. I think that's why extremely advanced MA practioners can appear lightning fast without actually moving that quickly.
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