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#353703 - 07/30/07 06:54 PM 'One'
caltrop Offline
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Registered: 07/22/06
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Are there any drills that people have found to develop your awareness of your opponent so that you react to them without thought? I don't really have anyone to train with outside of class, so I was wondering if any 'by-yourself' drills exist that can help develop this?

I apologize if this is a silly question.

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#353704 - 07/30/07 07:02 PM Re: 'One' [Re: caltrop]
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There are no shortcuts to having great reactions. That is based on command of technique as well as timing. This requires a lot of drilling and sparring to achieve. Do that for several years.


-John

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#353705 - 07/30/07 07:09 PM Re: 'One' [Re: caltrop]
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This might sound condescending, so I'm sorry in advance if it does:

You're asking a question that is near impossible to answer through a web forum. It's a learned ability with many subtleties that takes most people a long time and much instruction to develop. The most common technique is just repetition. The more times you have had to really use a technique the less thought will be required to use it. The rest is breathing, concentration, diffused vision, etc, etc, etc. Unfortunately also requires facing an opponent.

The reason you don't have to think to walk down the street?? Because you've done it so many times before. Not a silly question, just a hard one to give a simple answer to other than repetition.
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#353706 - 07/30/07 07:11 PM Re: 'One' [Re: JKogas]
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Thanks for your response, John. I think one of the hardest things is knowing that I have a very long road to travel, even though I want to drink from the firehose right now. I'm probably not the first to struggle with that, I'm sure.

Oh and JMWCorwin, I don't think your response is condescending at all. I appreciate feedback. If anything, I'm just an addict who is having to wait another hour before class starts.


Edited by caltrop (07/30/07 07:13 PM)

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#353707 - 07/30/07 07:11 PM Re: 'One' [Re: JKogas]
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well,
I guess yours was simpler than mine anyway.
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#353708 - 07/31/07 07:46 PM Re: 'One' [Re: JMWcorwin]
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Like the others say, it really all comes down to practice and experience. I'm not sure there are any solo drills that would develop awareness of the opponent, since solo drills by their nature, don't include one.
You can use certain types of meditation to develop your awareness though. It takes loads of practice, but it's worth it.
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#353709 - 08/03/07 04:32 PM Re: 'One' [Re: jkdwarrior]
caltrop Offline
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Thanks to everyone for replies given. I appreciate the responses. JKDWarrior, is there a certain type of meditation that you would recommend? I'm interested in the spiritual aspects of MA, so if there's something you could throw out as an example, I could google it or something.

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#353710 - 08/03/07 10:09 PM Re: 'One' [Re: caltrop]
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http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Benefits-of-Meditation:-Tips-and-Techniques&id=24508
http://ezinearticles.com/?7-Tips-for-Meditation&id=128163
Here's a couple of web sites to get you started. I study zen meditation, or mindfulness meditation, although I have recently been dabbling in the transcendental area. So far I believe that the mindfulness is probably more appropriate for a martial artist since you become better aware of your surroundings, but try all the types you can find and pick the ones that suit you best. Like any art, you will be better off attending classes with an instructor. Essentially the path to enlightenment (not that i feel fully qualified to instruct you) is about looking at your self and becoming a better person, and meditation can help you do this. If you stick to it, you will wonder how you ever done without it. You will live a much happier and more fulfilling life, feel so much closer to those around you, and eventually, you'll find inner peace. But don't take my word for it. Most of us are practical thinkers who need evidence, check out the web sites. There has been a vast amount or scientific research into this area, and the case is very strong. If only i could make everyone do it.
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