I couldn't come up with a good title for this thread. I've noticed recently that once in a while I "slip into a state" during weapons work where all the openings simply present themselves and I can near effortlessly take advantage of them. Intellecutally, I know the reason why is because I fenced for 4yrs (almost tried out for jr. Olympic team), did some FMA for 6 months and no matter what MA I was doing at the time, I always picked up a stick or sword and did some work with it when I found the time (once you have basics down, it simply becomes a matter of practicing over and over and over and over). The total time period for this is about 9 years.
Well, in stand up weapons (sword, stick, axe, staff) I barely have to look/think/strike- the opening is right there and sometimes I even have choices about how go about it (I can hit him here, or here or there). I'm also doing many more, non-traditional strikes (not using fencing or FMA angles) but simply getting the weapon to the target as quickly as possible giving him no time to block.
I know that at some point I must have internalized (sp?) the proccess of finding a target, moving into position and then going for it but how did this internalization come about and how can it be sped up (or do you have to practice the basics for 9 years with no short cut?)?