Good discussions on the fist.
So I’ll take it in another direction.
This comes from a great Saturday morning conversation with my training buddy Rick Bottomley and I joking refer to these discussions as “The Secret Teachings of Master Ley”.
The discussion we had took in many directions but some of what Rick was saying brought into focus a way to gage how much of our training might be geared towards helping us in a real situation.
Now before I begin this is not a comment on how anyone chooses to train or what they choose to focus on in their school. Do what you want and focus on what you want.
This is for those reading these threads who are hoping to cover some reality in their training.
What you do when attacked is based on time and opportunity.
Creating time and creating opportunity should be a focus of training including reading intent (but that is another thread.)
The greater the time you have the more opportunity you have to respond.
1. Therefore the more time you have the more opportunity you have to respond with a “trained response.”
Less time gives you less opportunity to respond.
2. Therefore with less time you have to have good “conditioned reflexes.”
Take more time away and you take away more opportunities.
3. Therefore with the least time (that still allows a response) you will respond with “instinctive reactions.”
When we look at true assaults the aggressor wants to give you no time to respond at all, so logically then we begin the review of our training by looking at our instinctive reactions. This thread has gone over types of instinctive reactions.
Instinctive reactions are fine if they serve our purpose.
Throwing the hands up to protect the face is an even better reaction if it points an elbow at the incoming aggressor.
So improving on those instinctive reactions we have to look at how close our conditioned reflexes align to our instinctive reactions. (Pointing the elbow at the incoming aggressor is a conditioned reflex.)
If our desired conditioned reflexes are too different from our instinctive reaction the chances of fine tuning and moving instinctive reactions into conditioned reflexes drops drastically.
From there we look at our trained responses and how close they are aligned to our conditioned reflexes.
The closer the alignment from our trained responses to our conditioned reflexes to our instinctive reactions the closer our training is to preparing for reality even when training trained responses. And trained responses are good when we can pull them off.
If our trained responses are too different from our desired conditioned reflexes then the chances of doing them with less time diminishes.
Drills should work from more time to work on trained responses to less time to work on conditioned reflexes to almost no time to see how fine-tuned our instinctive reactions have become.
So the first review is how closely your trained responses align with your conditioned reflexes and how closely your conditioned reflexes align with your instinctive reactions.
The second review is of your training drills and the percentage that focus on training responses that are close to conditioned reflexes that are based off of instinctive reactions and how often you work on drills reducing the response time will help you gage your type of training.
If your drills always give you enough time to work on trained responses but you want to work on increasing the efficiency and the effectiveness of your training for a real assault then you need to look at adding different drills to your curriculum.
Based on the above how would you rate your training?