Through frequent and realistic training, we can use the power of recognition to respond to a threat more efficiently. In this in-depth video, Michael Dasargo of 10X Defense explains that by recognition, he means we’re familiar with what’s happening, and contact is a key method to develop skills and have those skills transfer to the context in which we need to use them.
Recognition can be broken down into what you’re seeing and what you’re processing as well as what you’re detecting through your kinesthesia, meaning what the contact feels like when you’re engaged with a threat.
We can develop essential recognition skills as self-defense concepts with key training methods. Recognition can be further broken down into acute vision, where we are using visual stimulus, looking at and processing the circumstances. That is a cognitive function directly tied to your acute vision.
The challenge with visual systems is that they are directly connected to your cognitive function, which means that what you are directly looking at with your acute vision, there’s a cognitive step of processing what you’re seeing before you take action, before the brain decides that you need to do something.
Peripheral vision detects motion and is much more intuitive. During an attack, your acute vision will likely focus narrowly on the threat, for example a knife being presented to you. Your peripheral vision can detect other actions out of the acute vision’s narrow range of focus.
Omari Broussard, owner of 10X Defense, joins Michael to demonstrate how acute vision and cognitive function create a delay in how people respond to motion. The exercise is an objective way to measure the delay in action created by the cognitive function. These concepts are especially useful for unarmed self-defense.
For recognition to occur, you need to be exposed to stimuli to become more familiar with them. In other words, training and practice.