First I would like to say I am still digesting Monday night's training and what follows is what I experienced and my interpretation of the lessons. Since Monday it has been on my mind, so I thought I would start a thread about it and discuss it. Monday night we were working on moving properly. However more specifically we were focusing on moving at the right time to cause chaos in the mind (my description of the feeling). I am sure I will never be able to fully describe what it feels like to either create the chaos or have the chaos. I will try to explain in general what we did and how I felt. Essentially, this chaos is that feeling you have when someone disrupts your mental process. For instance, have you ever seen two people arrive at a door at the same time and both are reaching for it (maybe they are on opposite sides of a glass door). Ever notice how they suddenly have a state of confusion as to what they want to do, because they both have interrupted each other's mental process. Most of us have probably experienced that feeling on more than one occasion. Monday nights class was creating that state of confusion (chaos) in the mind of the attacker. The feeling I get as an uke is that this chaos seems to diffuse the attack or take the steam out of it. It is as if, the tori moved BEFORE I MOVED but AFTER I was mentally committed to the attack. What I mean by mentally committed is that the brain has been given the order to attack (a movement) and it is now on auto-pilot until that single directive has been completed (the attacker can no longer stop that movement). I think another way to describe that feeling of chaos is if I were about to say something to someone that I REALLY am determined to tell them and just as I am about to say what I need to, they walk away. That is the feeling I get as uke. As Tori I get the feeling I am on the edge of the uke's sphere of space (attack zone) and suddenly there is a feeling to move NOW and I move, although the uke hasn't seemed to move yet. I also get the feeling that there isn't any need to rush to where I need to go. Lastly, this feeling of chaos is rather brief, so I am not implying that everything is over at that point, but this has a stiffling or diffusing effect on an attack. It seems when done at the right time it causes a hiccup of the mind or a momentary state of chaos. I think we all can see the advantage of being able to create this mental chaos. This is something I am working on now and I think it can be practiced in day to day life with unsuspecting people. I firmly believe that proper initial distance is very important just as is the timing of the movement, whatever that means to you for the exercise. As a training exercise I want to intentionally cause that chaos in the mind of others whether it is at a door, or they are reaching for something, or whatever the case may be. With that in mind, again, I will say whatever the proper distance and timing is for their movement is very important because without it, it will not work. For instance, if you start running across the room to try to cause the chaos as they start to open a door, it just is not going to work, proper initial distance is crucial. Sorry for being so long winded, I am still digesting what I experienced Monday and I thought I would throw it on here for discussion.