Training is the key to becoming a great martial artist; you must steadily train until you become one. Once you reach this goal, your brain will process self-defense or fighting decisions much faster than the brains of people that are not martial artists, or even of other martial artists who have not trained as long and hard as you have trained.
Only a tiny portion of the brain is dedicated to conscious behavior, the majority of the brain works behind the scenes to regulate things such as breathing, and to process the vast of amount of sensual input being received by the brain every second. If this did not occur, some addled brain people would forget to breath and suffocate.
The goal is to train at an activity until the activity becomes an unconscious behavior, a procedural memory, such as driving. An experienced driver does not think about driving, it just happens. Without adequate training at an activity, the mind must consciously monitor the activity, which takes time and may lead to confusion. The poem "The Puzzled Centipede" is an example of how consciously thinking about an unconcious action may lead to confusion:
A centipede was happy quite.
Until a frog in fun
Said, "Pray tell which leg comes after which?"
This rasied her mind to such a pitch.
She lay distracted in the ditch
Not knowing how to run.
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