In the 6DKF, as we mentioned in the past, the ability to deceive opponents is taught:
- In terms of combat (eg. feints)
- In terms of survival (eg. simulate dead)
- In terms of persuasion (eg. lead a discussion where we want)
- In terms of intelligence (eg. perform an action without the observer’s consciousness)
In this specific discussion we start introducing the concept of “distraction” (from the self-defense point of view).
When we speak of “distraction” we always want to put the emphasis on the idea of diverting, or better yet, the idea of “direct attention” and not so much about not getting caught.
The senses (in our conception of the mind is a sense) are direct, routed to something reassuring, common, natural, recognizable, simple, palatable, compelling (etc.).
A theoretical example (in future articles we will also see practical examples):
- The observer knows that after A always follow B
- We show A to the observer
- The observer focuses on the transition to B
- While there is a change from A to B we insert C
In everyday life we are distracted by endless events that capture our attention beyond our conscious will, these are more or less instinctive reactions and / or complete changes of priorities of our brain.
In terms of self-defense, in this infinite amount of stimuli we must choose the most intense, the ones that create fast and uncontrollable reactions such as:
- The fire burns on a finger so we portray the hand instantly
- The imbalance will make us fall so we try to recover an stable position
These rapid instincts of the human being normally tend to safeguard the physical integrity (of a person, of his allies or of his important objects), but when used with a certain cunning they can be used against our opponents to give us if not victory, at least, a considerable advantage.
We have introduced a very broad topic in anot so clearly way but in the next articles we will analyze better the various types of deception and the methods to exploit their potential.
Each person can be distracted from the most prepared to smarter, from the more responsive to the more technical.
Now it will be more clear why the 6DKF does not rely only on instruments like the instinctive fight, reflexes and muscle memory: they can be fooled very easily, quick reasoning, preparation and strategy (albeit within limits) put us instead safe from a much larger slice of dangers.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.