Natural Reactions in the Martial Science
Okay – I know we all want to look like we have everything under control and yes, it would be nice to NOT be intimidated by our opponent. But let’s face it, if you had everything under control, you wouldn’t be in this situation. No matter how good you get at driving down a one lane highway, nothing is going to guarantee that the car coming from the other direction isn’t just going to drive into your lane. When that happens, you will react and if time allows – respond. Either way, I can guarantee (unless you are on drugs) that you will not just sit back and smile while Death overlooks saying, “hey, he doesn’t look intimidated.”
So, a natural reaction is something that you need to develop. In class, you already know your opponent is aiming his fist at your face. You know what he is going to throw and you usually know exactly what technique to use. This is okay for practice and the development of specific training, but it won’t develop a natural reaction. Why, because that isn’t how you would move or act in a real situation. The way your body moves and the way your internal systems function will be different in a real life event.
Acting naturally is also the ability to adapt with what is actually happening. In class we try to control the situation or set up a scenario that we can fit into. This isn’t how it works in real life. Punches are going to come and some of them are going to hit you. You can either learn tactics that utilize these attacks to help you defend yourself – or you can get hit in the face.
These are the A-B-C-D’s to learning anything
This section is designed to give the student an understanding of Ninjitsu combat procedures, principles and theories. Obviously, no one can be expected to take time out during a fight and take note of what the details of life might be. You will have to develop the ability to take time out without taking time out. That is to think without thinking, fight without fighting, etc..We will need to develop this skill just as you do when learning to drive, walk or ride a bike.
A. Unconscious incompetence
You do not know that you do not know.
B. Conscious incompetence
You know that you do not know.
C. Conscious competence
You think and you do.
D. Unconscious competence
You don’t think and you do.