Sunday, January 27, 2008

Ninja hand-slap


Chris Marshall and I have been having a little discussion about reaction time and intelligence in martial arts. His contention is that you can train reflexes toward the 0.1 second mark, while I contend that a more normal average in the context of martial arts would be around 0.75 seconds.
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Chris posted this really cool online reaction speed tester that tests how long it takes you to recognize a simple stimulus and press a button. It seems like most of the folks that reported their results took between 0.1 and 0.3 sec to press a button when a light is lit. I figure for a more complex task (like a martial arts technique) or a more difficult decision (like more than 2 choices) the reaction time would be magnified toward the 0.75 sec reaction time that my instructors have told me to aim for as a general rule of thumb. In any case, Chris' simple reaction time game sure has some interesting implications.
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I thought about challenging Chris to a rousing game of Ninja hand-slap, but alas:
  • He lives thousands of miles from me, and

  • He scored way faster than me on the reaction speed tester, so I'm afraid.

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