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The Escape Reflex
The escape reflex is a name given to any reflex action (reflectory reaction) that initiates an escape motion. Although escape reflexes have considerable variety in non-humans, for martial artists, our primary focus is on the withdrawal reflexes.
Flinching is Biphasic
Flinching takes place in two distinct phases. The first phase is a general startle response that remains identical regardless of the stimulus. The second is a longer more directed response directed towards the specific threat.