Application of Patterns and Traits, Part 3

The blog entry Applications of Patterns and Traits, part 1 covered patterns and their availability. The second part covered causality. This part is about the relation of patterns and behavior modification. The availability of information and causality lead to internal models. These models try to project future events and form actions to act accordingly. If you want to change your behavior, for example change your intended side step to a forward step, you need the information from somewhere that this change is necessary. Yes, this again sounds trivial, but I will show a variety of examples in later blog entries, where this requirement is not fulfilled. Especially very fast movements pass certain limits of perception. In these cases, the availability of information is not given. If you practice these cases too slowly, you might get the impression that you can perceive information that is not available in “real time”. Movements based on this information will not work in their later application.

The following scene from the movie Enemy at the Gates shows the same effects, but the availability of information to each soldier is limited in a different way. In this fabricated scene, among other things, the soldiers´ points of view hinder a perception of the ongoing events. Therefore, the soldiers are still smoking and joking, even though others are already dead; kind of macabre. They cannot receive the necessary information in time and cannot react accordingly. The sniper succeeds in limiting the soldiers´ possibilities by using the sound of incoming artillery to drown out his shots, choosing his targets based on their areas of attention and killing alarmed soldiers first.


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Keep that in mind when you practice movements. Always ask yourself the question: Is the information that my action is based on really available in the later application? Furthermore, is it available when you start your action? A typical error in training can be a false start by initiating the movement before the actual pattern appears. You can see this a lot when trainees initiate their movements at the same moment their partner starts his attack. They just know the drill and are not aware that they actually impair their exercise this way. The choreographed scenes in movies are also very good examples. Sometimes, the actors move in perfect harmony. This is usually not possible. Be careful: This statement is only valid when the actual selected movement needs the emerging pattern to differentiate between alternatives. This can be discussed in detail with help of the reaction chain model. It is definitely not wrong to start a movement when there is no need to differentiate and you have already chosen your own movement.

The post was published 13. June 2014 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with , .