Van and David, Presumably,those threats that were sensed and reacted to, by your uncle and others you have described, were quite real and life threatening. I have no problem at all with those who can perceive the real nature of a threat... that is the ideal state of mind. But, presumably, we also want to be able to perceive when there is no threat, or no serious or credible threat, so that we can be truly at ease...which is also an important part of life. So how do we learn to tell the difference? As I have said, I suspect it is not in the dojo, where all 'threats' are construed as 'real' for the purposes of practice, and yet, paradoxically, they are also recognized to be "playacting" . Otherwise, how could we keep coming back to practice? If all the dojo exercises were real fights most of us would have quit after a class or two, or would never have started in the first place. What parent would send their kid to a karate dojo to engage in real fights day after day? Aristotle once defined catharsis as "strong emotion recollected in a setting of tranquility"... he was referring to the therapeutic power of watching a play. The audience can identify with the characters powerful emotions and actions while also knowing at the same time that they are safe themselves, and also knowing that the actors are "play acting" (despite all of our modern special effects, we know the actors are not really being killed. Compare that with real news footage of a violent crime or a war scene, which can be very difficult to watch becausae you know it is quite real.)In the dojo we know our partners are not really trying to kill us. We know they would control their contact. Even if we get hurt, we know it is unintentional (i.e., not maliciously intended). So, in the dojo we have the srtange paradoxical situation of pretending all threats are dire while at the same time knowing they are not... how does this translate to developing an accurate internal organ of perception for real threats, and for real safety? Help me out here, guys.