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Travel Time

ImageThis week I watched a documentary about time travel with Stephen Hawking discussing his theories on time travel, and if possible how it could be accomplished. This got me to thinking about fighting, and how we can use some of his theories on time travel to defeat our opponent.

We can’t travel in time, but we can do make good use of the time that’s available. In a confrontation we need to be moving, communicating as necessary, using cover and shooting if required. The ability to perform all these actions at once, compressing several different tasks into one moment, allows us to execute the required actions in a shorter span of time. Not exactly time travel, but it can put us ahead of the threat.

Hawking discussed how time moves at various speeds in different locations; the closer you are to a large object with gravitational pull, say a black hole, the slower time moves. This applies to us personally, because under stressful conditions time will often seem to speed up or slow down, and distances will be distorted, seeming closer or farther then the reality.

In a violent confrontation the speed we perform will vary as well our timing. The speed of our actions, and when we act, is dictated by the situation. There is a time when you perform quickly. For example a time in the fight when your sole goal is to create distance while rapidly putting hits into the center mass of the threat’s body. Then the situation may allow you time to slow down, assessing what’s going on and what your next actions should be.

According to Hawking there is a universal speed limit, which is the speed of light – 186,000 miles per second. If anything goes faster than that things fall apart. We also have a speed limit. Regardless of what’s occurring we can only perform at a pace that provides predictable and positive results. Any faster and we make mistakes, our world starts to implode. It’s stepping into a time bubble, and regardless of what’s taking place outside the bubble, inside it you’re performing at the proper speed.

We also have the ability to slow time down for the threat, putting them into slow motion while we perform at the top speed. We may initially be in response mode, but as soon as possible our actions should cause the threat to start reacting to us. Basically it’s putting them behind in Boyd’s OODA Loop.

I don’t know if it’s possible to physically travel in time, but I think someday we may be able to see and observe the future. Right now the best we can do is to maintain awareness of our environment and those around us. When we see observe something that could indicate potential trouble in the near future we begin initiating a response while preparing for further actions. If we’re wrong, and it really wasn’t necessary to take the longer and safer way through the dark parking lot, who cares? It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Negotiating the challenges of everyday life requires working with time frames. Managing violence requires understanding and manipulating time to your full advantage.


May 10, 2012 - Posted by | General Training

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