Limitations, adaptations, and the percentage shot

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Limitations, adaptations, and the percentage shot

Postby klonk on Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:26 pm

When I was twenty years old I had a decent percentage on Western fencing's ring drill. You hang a woman's ring from two pieces of string, so that it does not rotate, and then you thrust your epee through the hole. If the ring does not move, you win.

I am now past sixty. I can see the damned ring if I look through the right part of my bifocals.

Adaptation: If you have a saber you can cut the strings midair. You don't have to see them.
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Re: Limitations, adaptations, and the percentage shot

Postby HotSoup on Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:25 am

In a broad sense, it's more of a practical way to solve the same problem than the adaptation ;)

Adaptation would be to do that very same drill without a need to see much. Like, having long-time trained neuron chains in your brain allows for minimizing the amount of visual input required for measuring the distance, evaluating external factors (like wind), triggering the movement in ligaments and muscles, and using just enough force and energy to score a hit.
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Re: Limitations, adaptations, and the percentage shot

Postby everything on Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:13 pm

it sucks getting older, but hey, sounds like you are a lot wiser now! ;D :P
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