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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.
The Crossed Extensor Reflex
The crossed extensor reflex can be enormously useful for martial artists. It provides an appropriate autonomic defense against a grabbing attack, and knowing its effects can give one an offensive advantage.
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.
Bussey Combatives: Hollow-Out Defense Against Front Kick
Combat advisor David Smith demonstrates a hollow-out defense against a front kick, followed by a three-step sweep takedown.
Tony Blauer on Hick's Law
Tony Blauer explaining the significance of the SPEAR System research on close quarter combatives in relation to Hick's Law. Originally posted to CrossFit.com
Primal Flinch and Conversion
Tony Blauer explaining more about how conversion of the flinch is critical to survival in the close-quarter assault. Originally posted to CrossFit.com!
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Tony Blauer on the Startle/Flinch Response
Tony Blauer explaining some fundamentals of the Startle/Flinch response and its importance in training for real confrontations, originally posted to CrossFit.com.