A useful metaphor.
You're in danger. You need to get out of danger.
Your car is your body
Your mind is your strategy
Fear is the fuel
The sudden attack is a metaphoric car accident.
The startle flinch is your airbag.
If you learn to convert the flinch into a protective, then tactical response you have weaponized the flinch and improved your personal safety.
One more layer to the metaphor:
Your martial art is the car you like - the style we choose resonates with our personality.
Your skill at your martial art is your driving skills.
Sudden violence is like a car accident.
In a violent car accident, it's the airbag that'll save you - your driving skill at that moment is not a factor in an accident where someone slams into you. In other words, the airbag that deploys in a car accident is the flinch in a fight.
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