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As stated in the UechiRyu Kyohon, Seisan unites and blends for the first time the concepts taught within the structures of the previous kata, but only after the student is aware of those concepts, understands them, and trains to apply them.
What this means to me is that in an unexpected spontaneous attack, if you are training motor skills that are not congruentwith what the amygdala will cause the body to do, more specifically the "Somatic Reflex Potentiation" no matter how well trained the response, it will be overridden.
But many in the combatives field believe that we can make a trained response the dominant response through repetition and training using stimulus/response training methods.
In a "high road" scenario this will work given SSR issues and Hick’s law, but in a "low road" scenario, the answer will only be "yes" as long as the motor skill taught is congruent with the automatic protective reflex the amygdala will cause the body to take.
When people are taken by surprise, or when things go to 'hell' _
Regardless of training level, the more stress we are under, the greater the SANS dominance, and thus the less voluntary control we have over our physiological mechanisms and even
And Iʼm talking here about the most competitively selected, highly trained, supremely talented warriors that this earth has ever produced.
Ladies and gentlemen: if they lose muscle control and focus under stress—if even they enter SNS override sometimes—what arrogance makes you think you wonʼt?
So what does all this mean for training? We need to avoid the conceit that because we have trained a number of people to perform a skill under stress, that _ that skill is “validated” as combat-worthy.
In an actual encounter, stress levels can go much higher than in training for several reasons, and once they do, our people will enter SNS override where only a few hard-wired techniques will work.
The reasons that stress in an actual fight can far exceed stress in the training environment include:
a) It is for real. No one really thinks they will die in
b) It is not under our control.
c) We may be out-gunned, out-classed, or out-numbered.
d) It takes us by surprise.
Again, the lesson is to train for our likely encounters with the most effective techniques, as realistically as possible.
And to train in the few techniques that work if the situation goes to hell and we are at Mother Natureʼs mercy .-
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