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    Hi y'all. I'm kind of in the dumps today. We were working some self-defense drills last night and I kept "freezing up." I would see multiple targets but it was like I couldn't decide on which one to go with and I kept hesitating. I was (and still am) so disgusted with myself that I fealt like giving back my belt and certificates! LOL.

    Anyway, I got up an hour early this morning and went to the school to get in some extra practice. I don't know what happened but if it occured on the street I'd be dead right now. I guess I've gotten rusty since going back to college. I still practice, but not nearly as much as I used to...... sigh.

    Anyway, what suggestions do you folks have to help increase spontaneity and reaction time? Any drills or suggestions are MORE than welcome. Thanks! I appreciate any assistance I can get!
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    Tom Waits, Lenard Cohen, Dick Dale, Mr. ghastly and the ghastly ones, Red Elvisis....

    yea.. that should do it..

    Sounds like you are not relaxing.. lest thats when I miss opportunities and being tense and thinking about what is going on too much always slows me down.

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    Default Re: Spontaneity Blues..:-(

    If it is just one night, wright it off to a bad day, stress, whatever.

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    One of my favorite drills for building spontaneous action is to start a technique and just keep it going in the air or on the bag. If I was doing 5 swords i would just keep going and going and going, free forming away with what ever felt natural.

    Another drill is the circle drill where one person starts in the circle, and then is attacked by each person one after another. You dodn't know what they are attacking with until it happens, and you just go with what your body tells you to do, ignore the brain and just go natural.
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    CC - I've seen you more times than not, be spot on. I wouldn't worry about
    it at this time. Now if I get the best of you, you might want to start worrying. Remember how I have a tendency to freeze up during drills and sparring? Maybe we should all work on it a bit more in class....

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    Are you stressing over one night of imperfection? PLLLLL.

    It's possible you might just have other things on your mind or the planets were misaligned.

    Don't worry about it.

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    Another thing to keep in mind is in a real siotuation the adrenailne would be kicking in as well, and thing happen much differently.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Many great athletes see the thing that they are about to do be done before they do it. I know that made no sense, so here is an example. Jack Nicholas, one of the great all time golfers would always see his swing, the flight pattern of the ball and where the ball would land before he event started to swing.

    I like to think that I do the same thing but with kenpo. I see where my targets are that I have to hit. WHen the time comes you neeed to be relaxed, if you are tense there will be no reflexes and you will not hit with everyhing you have.
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    CC, Nobody is perfect 100% of the time. You just had an off day, its like when I open the door to the refrigerator and totally go blank as to what I was going to get. I think in a street situation you would not have hesitated for a second.
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    You probably just had a brain fart that night - I wouldn't be too worried about it, unless youre doing it ALL the time...then ve vill make yew see zee docteur!
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    CC relax, we all have had our share of blond moments.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Hey! I resemble that remark!!!
    "Second chances they don't never matter, people never change
    Once a whore you're nothing more i'm sorry that'll never change
    And about forgiveness, we're both supposed to have exchanged
    I'm sorry honey, but i'm passing up, now look this way...*" --Paramore "Misery Business"


    (*this is where a punch would be landed)

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    Oh but thats such an easy fix...you come on over here and Ill dye your hair for you
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    thanks but no... it helps me get away with more stuff, being blonde and all.
    "Second chances they don't never matter, people never change
    Once a whore you're nothing more i'm sorry that'll never change
    And about forgiveness, we're both supposed to have exchanged
    I'm sorry honey, but i'm passing up, now look this way...*" --Paramore "Misery Business"


    (*this is where a punch would be landed)

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    Well could leave your roots in...

    "Hey Gimp, your roots are showing!"

    Then you have an out
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    true dat... it's been a while since I've been a redhead. Hum...
    "Second chances they don't never matter, people never change
    Once a whore you're nothing more i'm sorry that'll never change
    And about forgiveness, we're both supposed to have exchanged
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    I could dye yoru hair for ya... I used to do my own and I had a blue mowhawk...
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    That Taxi Driver avatar is killing me...

    CC- It happens to all of us guys once in awhile, don't worry about it- it is normal to have performance anxiety

    Wait, what are we talking about again?

    Just kidding- My advice is to have 1 technique in your head that is pretty universal (R punch defense for ex.) and when you hesitate automatically go into that technique- default as it were-

    I know this is supposed to be (Spontaneous) but---
    The above is just my opinion.

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    Spontan... man hard enough to spell it much less 'do it'.. Just relax.. *soothing ohms..* Nobody be judging you but you... so back off Mister~!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by parkerkarate
    Many great athletes see the thing that they are about to do be done before they do it. I know that made no sense, so here is an example. Jack Nicholas, one of the great all time golfers would always see his swing, the flight pattern of the ball and where the ball would land before he event started to swing.

    I like to think that I do the same thing but with kenpo. I see where my targets are that I have to hit. WHen the time comes you neeed to be relaxed, if you are tense there will be no reflexes and you will not hit with everyhing you have.
    Actually that makes perfect sense. I use visualization as part of my training and encourage the students to do the same. I wasn't very relaxed and I've been a tad stressed between work and college and trying to get the dojo floor done.

    On the up side, it did prompt me to practice an extra hour today.

    BTW, thanks for the encouragement everyone! I really appreciate it. =)
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