Was it Rory Miller that coined the term "Decision Stick?" Or maybe it was Marc MacYoung? Anyway, the idea is that because your response time increases dramatically when presented with either/or type choices, you have to minimize these branches in your strategy. You have to prune your decision tree down until it has (nearly) no branches. That's what we worked on last night in aikido. Our decision tree looks something like...
If the attacker gets closer than ma-ai, then...
- get out of his way
- get your hands up between you and him
- try to push back away from him (or try to move behind him)
- try to match his motion to minimize his potential energy...
- if any of the above goes awry, palm to the chin and drive him backward off of you
- if the attacker happens to fall down or get his arm twisted up, give it a name and claim it as your secret technique!
[photo courtesy of movestill]