Reaction Time & Karate

Defines psychological & physiological concept of time between stimulus & response. Relationship between karate training & improved reaction time.

This research will examine the issues involved in investigating the influence of karate training on reaction time. The concept of reaction time is first defined in general terms, showing its origins in physiology and experimental psychology. The next section provides a brief sketch of the basic principles of karate, emphasizing the unique type of consciousness that karate training seeks to impart. Following this is a summary of the mechanics of testing reaction time, with particular attention to types of factors that have been found to be an influence. Finally, a tentative proposal is put forth for testing reaction time in karate adepts, including a brief discussion of the fact that Western-oriented testing techniques may be viewed as (…)