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We've all wondered at one time or another how others see incredible things we don't. Especially in extreme sports, we see moves that seem impossible to see even when we rewind the footage in slow motion – and yet our sports stars continually make the impossible a reality.

Many of us wonder how people seem to be able to slow time down and to see and react much faster than others. And we wonder, “How in the World do they do that?!”

Do they slow time down? OR, is their mind faster than the time we're on? IS it just because of talent and innate abilities? Or can we learn to see faster ourselves just like them?

I chose to go with the latter viewpoint. As long as I can remember, I've always looked for any ways that will enable me to see faster, to comprehend faster, to react faster. No matter how small, I found that each new thing we add to our arsenal is yet another attribute of streaming-lining for efficiency. All these things translate into to physical movement being faster as well. Why wouldn't they after all?

So, I'll give you a few things I enjoy doing to help me see more, see faster, and react faster. You might think of them being inconsequential – that is, only until you try them and then discover for yourself the benefits in the power of doing instead of miscalculations of intellectualizing. 

My first example you might say I'm looking for a way to write off my XBOX 360 on my taxes for mentioning it in an e-mail. Ha, you're cleverer than I thought. Others, that know me will tell you I'm still a big kid – which I won't deny. But, I'm sure you've noticed how young kids comprehend computer and video games at light speed, right? Well, why wouldn't they, when they have grown up with lightning fast speeds in most graphics on computer and TV's in their faces day after day?

If you've ever really watched the incredible speed at which characters in video games move, it's a no brainer to know that real human beings don't move that fast. Most adults will just write that off as cartoon behavior. But really, if a character is moving much faster than “humanly possible”, then children are really learning to respond with super fast reflexes, aren't they? Aren't they learning to see and comprehend at super fast speeds right from an early age? Of course they are.

The martial arts characters in these games move at diabolical speeds and the kids are learning to see and comprehend what most adults can't even fathom. Any eight year old will most likely smoke you with a joystick game controller in their hands in a heartbeat if you haven't played much before.

If you abhor the violence of martial arts, then you might like to try a racing game like Burnout Paradise where the graphics alone will blow you away in the detail and realism. Here, you're driving the fastest most supped up cars imaginable at speeds that just are ridiculously fast comparing them to in the real world. Speeds that on a real street would kill you and everyone near you in an instant. The speeds and graphics alone are exhilarating to experience and fun.

However, in the pure fantasy of escape which a game is supposed to be, here you have an opportunity to teach the brain where to look to see farther ahead in the road – and to concentrate and focusing at new speeds which enable the reflexes to respond much faster than they would encounter in normal everyday life. It is an exciting time to grow up in with this kind of technology.

Instead of just writing it off as a “game” it might be a good idea to reframe many video games these day and call them simulators where we learn to see in spite of the sun glaring in your eyes; to see in spite of other vehicles racing in front of us, past us, and all around you at flashing speeds. In these lightning fast simulators, you're learning new skills you might while learning how to respond to them with ease and accuracy. As an adult you learn to see, comprehend, and react faster by rehearsing the wickly fast speeds of “children's video games”.

These might be the very skills that will help you in all you do and may even perhaps save your life when you encounter a scenario where thinking and responding calm and collected may save your life.

Instead of dismissing video games as just “games children play”, by playing them you have an opportunity to slow your breath down, to see with wider vision instead of tunnel vision, to get used to seeing at impossible speeds and to look and think ahead. Amongst all the fun you may have, you might even encounter the incredible opportunity to bond with your own children while.

So what happens when you begin playing and reacting to impossible speeds on a regular basis? In a sense, you've gained the power of slowing time down. You start seeing what others watching you completely miss. You start reacting with lightning reflexes while remaining calm. Your breathing almost automatically begins slowing down as you learn to accommodate your new found comfortability factor with blazing speeds. 

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The original quest in my young years as a martial artist was to be able to strike a knockout blow from any angle – whether standing, on the ground, in a dominating position or falling or being thrown to the ground.  This was Long before anyone ever coined the termed Mixed Martial Arts.

Of course, in a real confrontation, you most certainly won't find yourself often in an optimal position. You might be upside down, with your face smashed into the ground with one arm pinned behind your back. In that position, would you be able to hit with knockout force around up through your legs or around the backside of your head?

In order to prevail you might need to deliver such a punch some day. Have you trained that way?

How many traditional martial artist actually practice striking like this? Maybe more these days with the advent of MMA, but even so, even as ingenious much of this “new” training is, you see most of that training falling into the category of 2 dimensional training instead of three dimensional training.

After being highly influenced by Bruce Lee's philospohies in my youth, it occurred to me that traditional martial arts training with countless repetitions striking from the most optimal angles was certainly not going to give me three dimensional striking power in a pinch – unless I started practicing it.

As a performer all my life as well, I've lived most of it by the addage that you're only as good as your last performance. So, practice exactly what you're going to perform and do it often!

I observed that if I continued training in striking from only certain angles as prescribed in all the martial arts I trained in, I would certainly become more capable at delivering powerful striking abilities – BUT probably ONLY if I found myself in one of those optimal positions – which, of course, is very unlikely going to happen in a real life unpredictable and ever-changing situation.

So, I began training striking from every awkward and weird angle I could come up with. Being an observer, you might have thought I was trying to tie myself up from the looks of the crazy positions I would be in sometimes.

It's a workout like you can't believe. When you first start training this way, you Feel pain from Every angle as well!

With the emphasis on striking as hard as possible from any angle, I found myself thinking different, training different and getting totally different results. I began seeing more possibilities of being stronger at any angle.

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If you were to go to the hospital for an MRI where they would scan you, they would tune the frequencies to what your body is vibrating. But the question is – what is your body vibrating? Is it vibrating by itself just because your alive? Does it vibrate in harmony with what you're thinking? And, do those vibrations change from moment to moment and from person to person?

They are as individual as our fingerprints and yet are every changing.

What are you vibrating when your boss says he wants to see you in his office? What do you vibrate when someone close to you tells you they love you? Are the vibrations you feel just emotional OR do they also affect your strength on a physical level? 

Well, if you're with me already, I think you'd agree that to be at your greatest strength, you'd want how your vibrating to be optimal mentally, physically, and emotionally at all times.

I think you'd agree that your vibrational frequencies vary from day to day from moment to moment, from situation to situation, etc. 

How you learn to control them will directly affect your every experience from the gym, to the office, to the bedroom.

Think for a moment as if you were a concert pianist. You're playing 88 keys and yet inside the piano, what's making the music is how you are really controlling hundreds of strings and their very vibrations. 

It’s these vibrations that change your emotions and your audiences. Those vibrations travel invisibly through the air and affect people deeply – or NOT – depending how you press down those keys, the timing, the sensitivity, the velocity, etc.

If you were a concert pianist, it would be your job to know exactly how you create the most optimal emotional connection to your audience by stimulating the correct vibrations of the strings at the right time – AND , you’d kneed to know how to do that consistently – that, or you’ll be mostly likely playing to empty rooms.

When I say you’re in command of hundreds of strings, here’s what that means exactly. Each of the upper register notes have three strings per note – strung with such tension that it equals about 3000 lbs. per square inch! 

The middle register strings go down to two strings per key The lower notes are only one very thick string per note. Each string is a completely different length and thickness.

Each of your ten fingers is in command of a tremendous amount of vibrations when you play – commanded by your brain and heart. 

Well, lets now equate that to you “playing your strength” – instead of actually playing the piano – you “play your muscles” by commanding the intensities and the ebb and flow of each movement. 

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