3/31/2009 - Excerpt: Proactive vs. Reactive

posted Jan 15, 2011, 9:15 PM by Ranya Iqbal   [ updated Jan 30, 2011, 10:22 AM by Three Rivers Aikido ]

One of my dojo’s mottos is, “Practice Makes Permanent”. Inside all good randori, a skilled aikidoka needs to practice constantly to create a playing field that is totally proactive and on the nage’s own terms. Throughout this book we will be minimizing the dangerous paradigm of training to be reactive as a response to being attacked. Instead we will work on developing an infrastructure to our proactive approach.

If the nage chooses to “react” when faced with multiple attackers, the nage is hampered with two basic problems: the first problem concerns Hick’s Law, ‘which states that a response time will be dangerously slow, given the problems of  multiple decision making processes’  ( i.e. combination attacks and multiple attackers). The second is the problem of time itself: the time it takes to “react” simply takes too much time!