By Jose R. Villanueva
As originally published on the Listen & Be Heard Weekly1, February 1, 2006.
Practitioners of the Martial Arts rely on their reaction time during a fighting match or self-
Reaction time is defined as having an awareness that allows one to respond instantaneously to a given situation in present time. There is no communication lag that slows one's mental computation to such a degree that it inhibits one's ability to react to something. For example, a punch is coming toward your head. If one has communication lag, one will get hit. So one must have an awareness that puts one in present time in order to respond to the punch.
One can increase one's reaction time by being in present time. Everyone has a time track of experiences for one's lifetime. A recording of the moment-
One must have an ability to recognize an opponent's offensive and defensive alignments. This is a skill that must be instantaneous. An instant recognition will allow one to apply the proper technique for the given alignment. Alignments can give away what a person is going to do offensively, and can show one what openings are available for strikes. When a person can recognize quickly, then he must apply the technique that would be workable for the opening that is available or apply the self-
Certainty brings about a confidence in one's ability to such a degree that communication lag becomes non-
A Martial Arts practitioner can enhance his reaction time by thoroughly understanding the definition of reaction time, and creating for himself a mental stability that allows him to be in present time. Furthermore, he must drill recognition of defensive and offensive alignments, drill techniques that can be applied to those defensive and offensive alignments, and develop his certainty. Ability is not served up on a silver platter, one must train properly to develop it.