TIMING AND THE ELEMENT OF
Element of surprise: How to use distractions and
decoys. Why timing will increase strike technique effectiveness. Three simple
examples to help you understand how it works. Timing your escape, and how an
attacker’s way of thinking can give you a chance to use good timing and the
element of surprise to strike back.
Timing is important in all sports and is just as
important for self-defense. If you can time a technique so that your attacker is
not expecting it, your technique will be more effective. You can use a
distraction or a decoy to take his attention away from the area you want to
Example: Do you remember a trick that goes like
this? Appear to be reaching for a person’s shirt in the middle of the chest.
At the same time say, "What’s that?" The person naturally looks
down. With an open hand, you then playfully tap them on the chin and say,
"Hey, gotcha!" The shirt is the decoy and the tap on the chin is the
strike. Try it on a friend, they’ll love it - maybe!
This coordinated timing trick can be adjusted and
used in most strike techniques. If you can catch your attacker off guard by
using timing and the element of surprise, you will increase your chances of
having the strike technique pay off with stunning effectiveness.
A right and wrong way to use timing
Have you ever had someone sneak up from behind
you and loudly say, "BOOO?" If you have had this happen to you in one
way or another, you probably jumped with fright. What would happen if someone
did the same thing, but approached from in front of you? Probably not much,
because it would be timed poorly… you would see it coming. If you or an
attacker can see something coming, the element of surprise is lost.
Throw a ball trick
Another trick of the surprise trade is to throw a
ball up in the air. Your attacker will naturally follow it with his eyes and be
distracted by it. While he is distracted… you strike. You don’t have to use
a ball, any small object will do the job. Your car keys would be all right to
use, but if you drop them when you hit him, you may lose them. Remember, hit and
run as soon as possible.
Not only do you need to time your strike
technique so that you catch your attacker off guard, you need to time your
escape well too. When you strike, ask yourself, "Will I have time to escape
or will he recover, come after, and catch me?" If your first strike stuns
him, but not enough to allow you to escape, you need to follow through with a
second or third strike… the opposite is also true…
If your attacker is a bully from way back, he
will have a "stop when victim’s hurt" way of thinking. When he sees
that you have been hurt, he will stop hitting you. That’s what he used to do
at school and it’s become a habit. Like all of us, he is a creature of habit.
He will do what he has always done. But instead of running away, he will stand
there with his guard down.
If you appear to be beaten, he will drop his
guard and give you a chance to use good timing and the element of surprise to
strike back. Only fight back if you believe that he has not finished hitting
you. If he has blown off enough steam, he may just walk away.
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