Reflex and Habit Definitions

Reflex Reflex is defined as a fast automatic, often inborn response, to a stimulus that involves a nerve impulse passing inward from a receptor to a nerve center and thence outward to an effector (as a muscle or gland) without reaching the level of consciousness. It is also defined as a process that culminates in a reflex and comprises reception, transmission, and reaction – also called reflex action. Reflexes are fast.
Habit Habit is defined as a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance, or an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary. Habit has less to do with speed.
One of our main training goals is to ingrain simple, effective, and only a few reflexes and habits into ourselves. Such requires training methods producing more repetition per training second, a focus on accuracy,  AND  practice at slower speed (adrenaline will provide all the needed speed when the fight starts). That is why we have a stronger emphasis on drills than we do on techniques. We do practice both, but we spend more time practicing drills.

The reason for developing reflexes and habits (again" only a few") is because those we work on are really the most common denominators one ever sees in a real fight. When it comes to reaction in common assaults and their lines, well-trained, sound habits that have the defender ever-ready to strike with any limb  are the most effective.

Reflexes  and  Habits
Never  have  to  be  thought  out
Before,  During,  or  After  Conflict.
Our  emphasis  is  on  the  practical.
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by Bob Orlando
Web Site of Bob Orlando: Instructor in Kuntao-Silat (Chinese kuntao and Dutch-Indonesian pukulan pentjak silat), author of two popular martial art books: "Indonesian Fighting Fundamentals" and "Martial Arts America: A Western Approach to Eastern Arts"; and producer of four martial art videos: Fighting Arts of Indonesia, Reflex Action, Fighting Footwork of Kuntao and Silat, Fighting Forms of Kuntao-Silat. Offering practical martial arts instruction to adults living in and throughout the Denver metropolitan area including, Lakewood, Littleton, Morrison, and Golden Colorado.