The thing is that when these defensive fighters are attacked seem to flinch... They are attacked, they do not intend to cut off the attack or even try and instead they avert/close their eyes, turn their head away, make passive movements, cover and make space.. To me this is a kind of flinch and one that IMO is a tactical error, still I see even top rated fighters do this and I think it is a liability.
This is good stuff , this to me is the difference between flinching and posturing .
A defensive fighter if stuck in his guard and intellectually defending , will often freeze or/and flinch , I see this kind of thing as a conflict and duality set up between a trained respnse and a natural one .
This to me is a lot of free yourself from the classical mess
In Shotokan I learnt to attack the attack , more correclty I learn to attack on any perceived threat , to win or draw ....
In the points fighting game it is often all about attacking on there hesitation , he who hesitates has lost
I see a natural flinch as a good thing , i`m yet to cower in a way thats of disadvantage , I beleive that over reaction is created by being overwhelmed , to invested in thinking and not feeling .
I`m trying to train to trust my flinch , rely on my inate ability , one I beleive everyone has , they just need to recognise it .
at the end of the day were the descendants of the survivors , our inbred ability has purpouse and function .
I truly think defence comes from (aprt from offence) natural reactions/flinch , and confidence and familiarity with contact .
I dont see much more being possible than that .
anyway just some more babling and thoughts .