Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Spaghetti Western Lesson

See the gift. Control the range. Control the timing. Control the OODA. Understand human nature.


And here's another clip with the same idea. Note the fact that he never repeats anything 3 times. For some reason 3 things repeated in the same rhythm is catchable .... 2 is not, and 3 of the same thing but with a break in timing also works .....



Stickgrappler said...

Hello Maija,

*bows deeply*

Very cool! Thank you. It's been ages since I've watched My Name is Nobody. Will dig out my copy and watch again soon lol

But to your point about 3's... yeah, it seems 3 is a magic number - factor in half-beats and broken rhythm and 3 will work. 3 in a predictable cadence will not and should not work. Vaguely recall Lyoto Machida vs Rashad Evans... Lyoto went and did his version of the straight blast all with same cadence/rhythm and on the 3rd Rashad was able to sidestep and counter. Sadly Wanderlei Silva fell victim to Vitor Belfort's blast in early UFC. (But then again, you have no TV and may not have watched either fight - if not let me know)

Thank you!

Very truly yours in the MA,


Jim said...

Once is a start. Twice sets the pattern. If you do the same thing a third time... expect your opponent to be ready. I kind of like to do something that SEEMS to be the same, but takes advantage of the opponent following the pattern...

But it's worth remembering that, generally, if you have time to use a strategy like this, you're probably in a sparring situation. Not that there're not times and places where you can use it in a real situation, it's just that if you're doing things right -- reality doesn't last long enough for 3 exchanges. But... it's still there at the core of the idea of asking them once, telling them once, then making them comply. (First is verbal; second sets the pattern that we're gonna talk... third breaks that pattern because talking is done.)

Maija said...

SG - You are correct, no TV, so sadly have not seen those particular fights. Watching highlights of course on the internet :-)

Jim - Yes, time, and perhaps more generally, any situation where the threat is great enough that it is important to hide your intent and disguise your entry ... like your talking example.
Swordplay is definitely a place this is useful.

From the initiator's end, the whole '3' thing is worth noting so that an advantage can be maintained. From the other end, if you are caught in a following pattern, it is 1) worth noting that you actually are, and 2) knowing then that you only have one more beat to reverse the situation.

Unknown said...

From my personal and limited experience , never try the same move twice in a row. :-)

Maija said...

I've had great success with 2 ... but it depends on the skill level of the opponent.
Best if the opponent is obviously behind the timing ... but also works great if the opponent anticipates a change that is not there ....
As with all things, watching and syncopating to take advantage of the moment make stuff work :-)