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Rhythm is closely related to speed. If you are out of sync with your movements, your opponent's movements, of the rhythm of the fight, your attacks and blocks will be slow.
- Internal rhythms. You may control your internal rhythms to conserve energy.
- Pulse. Usually in combat, there is no problem with the heart beating too slowly. Calm your thoughts to slow the heart.
- Breathing rate. Heavy breathing saps energy and slows your movements. Learn deep breathing techniques and breath control to make your breathing more efficient.
- Movements. When you move, you move to an internal rhythm. If this rhythm is in sync with the situation at hand, you will be able to react more quickly than if you were not in sync.
- External Rhythms. You may not have any control over some external rhythms, but you still may use them to your advantage. Putting yourself in sync with your opponent's rhythm or trying to change it may give you an advantage.
- Move with your opponent's attacks, blocks, or movements rather than against them.
- Stay in sync with the fight itself. Do not be moving too slowly in a fast paced fight, or vice versa.
- Surrounding sounds, such as music, announcement, machinery, etc., may be distracting. Slow, calming background music is not conducive to fast movements. Learn to shut out external rhythms.