"Since a lot of people, once engaged in a combative situation check, grab etc trapping off of contact generally works in some form..no it might not be as we learned with that cultured response..but it usually works ..even if only a moment in time.."
I agree. I think that the drills we practice during training help us to feel the fight instead of trying see it, as our sense of feeling is much stronger then sight. This concept really comes into play when you are on the receiving end of an unexpected blitz, you instinctivly blink or are grabbed and your line of sight is forced away from the oncoming attack. At this point, all you have left is the touch.
"I disagree about the grappling..Wrestling, grappling is almost instinctive..those WITH experience do it rather well and if you think grapplers are those with little experience..that type of thinking could lead to big trouble."
I also agree with this statement as well. I would like to add that I have seen this mistake made by some very good grapplers\wrestlers as well. I have so many times seen untrained naturals suprise the trained. I could literaly count the lessons in ground technique I've had on the fingers of my two hands. However, I have held my own against some pretty formidable trained wrestlers\grapplers. I attribute this to the feeling senses developed through trapping exercises.
Sensei Kunz, Thank you for the kind words on the Personality vs. System post, I always enjoy reading and contemplating your thoughts, I promise though, no interrogations
[This message has been edited by Uechij (edited February 28, 2002).]