Traditional training methods used in Tang Soo Do are sometimes scoffed at or worse, ridiculed. This is usually done because of a person’s inability to look beyond the uniforms, bowing, and philosophical teachings found in traditional martial arts. The repetitive nature of some aspects of our training is what becomes body memory. During the moment of stress which comes with a confrontation, the brain may seem to shut down temporarily as the sympathetic nervous system which triggers our fight, flight, or freeze response kicks in. During this moment the body memory founded in our training methods comes into play. The reaction becomes “defend yourself” without thinking about it. The video is an illustration of my one-step training in class and one possible practical self defense application. I have always enjoyed training even when we are going hard, so the result is a smile. I like the fact that an assailant is shocked by my unexpected reaction to his attack, which results in the cat grin on my face. I’ll try to be more serious in future videos. But I love this stuff, so that smile will probably show up again.