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Reaction ball for martial arts and combat sports

Reaction ball for martial artsReaction ball for martial arts and combat sports.

One of the possibilities for working on reflexes and motor coordination are reaction balls called Reaction Balls which are balls with spherical bumps that are used in the martial arts world to develop a better:

  • reaction speed,
  • agility, footwork,
  • eye-eye coordination,
  • lateral movement and
  • overall “rapidity”.
  • Etc.

As you can see from the image, the reaction ball is a small rubber ball covered with growths that help create random movements when the ball hits a surface, so you need to recover on the fly the ball that suddenly changes direction helping you develop and advance skills that are important for a martial arts practitioner.

“Designed to improve hand and eye coordination, reaction time, depth perception and first-step acceleration, the Reaction Ball is a super-performance-enhancing tool with beneficial benefits for athletes of all sports.”

In the eyes of a layman it may seem like a silly game, it actually forces you to always work in recovery by building a “game” all based on sudden reflexes and changes of direction and in unusual positions to prevent the ball from falling.

Reflexes, shifts and fast hands are key requirements you need to work on to improve your personal characteristics.

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This type of exercise allows you to do important work if you are a martial arts and combat sports practitioner such as:

  • Translation/Reading: which means building a particular stimulus to a specific response.
  • Scheduling responses: The organization of the motor system to produce the desired response (movement occurs).
  • Response time: the time it takes to identify a given stimulus and respond to that stimulus. Reaction time does not include observable motion.
  • Choosing the reaction time: the amount of time elapsed from the presentation of one of several possible unexpected stimuli at the beginning of one of the different possible responses.
  • Space forecast: an individual’s ability to predict what happens in the environment.

Therefore, reaction ball can effectively improve human information processing, resulting in the ability to improve the choice of reaction times.

Develop a choice quick reaction time that improves first-step acceleration and eye-eye coordination based on a faster response to stimulus.

However, the demand to improve depth perception does not directly benefit through the use of this training tool but requires additional exercises.

All workouts and exercises with the speed ball should be controlled by a qualified martial arts instructor in order to prevent injury and ensure the correct technique even if it is a simple exercise.
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The Reaction Ball is a tool used to help athletes improve their ability to spot an unpredictable stimulus due to the ball’s unknown bounce pattern and react in an organized and efficient movement pattern.

This develops what are the “Processing of Human Information”.

First the person is exposed to a stimulus, then proceeds to select a response in which the “translation/reading” occurs.

The person chooses how to react to stimuli, in this case depending on where the ball bounces, the person makes the choice to advance in that direction, possibly with a specific foot that leads and reaches with a specific hand, while maintaining a low athletic posture.

Once the answer is identified, the next step is to schedule responses in which the central nervous system organizes an appropriate response and begins movement.

The purpose of using reaction ball is to develop a method that creates a response to the appropriate stimulus and time-efficient;

Identification of the stimulus , selection of the response, the scheduling of the answers.

This is called reaction time.

Reaction ball for martial arts and combat sports Fighting Tips - Street Fight Mentality & Fight SportThe type of reaction time used during training with the Reaction Ball is called Time Reaction Choice.

The choice of reaction time is very receptive to improvements if practiced.

This makes the use of this training tool effective in helping athletes in their training.

The use of this tool in the development of human information processing improves the reaction time and acceleration of the first step.

Eye-hand coordination is an activity that requires a precise assessment of time based on what the person interprets from the visual stimulus and translates it into an adequate response.

The coordination of the hand-eye begins first with the identification of the stimulus.

Some research performed among experienced and novice athletes has shown that the benefits of training programs that claim to improve general skills such as depth perception, visual acuity and peripheral vision have no scientific confirmation and the benefits of such programs are doubtful.

It was found that there was little or no difference in those general skills listed above between the two types of athletes.

The biggest contributing factor to the best-expressed experts has been their ability to better anticipate and react to certain stimuli (Hagemann, N et al., 2006).

Eye coordination and depth perception are not actually motor skills, but eye-to-eye coordination can improve the improvement of human information (Aparo, L., n.d.) accordingly to choose the correct stimulus response.

So although from these studies the visual acuity can not be improved, however the effective anticipation can drastically reduce the time needed to process the stimulus and give the athlete more time to be precise with eye coordination.

Spatial anticipation can be improved through practice and when used effectively it makes a big difference in both eye coordination and information processing.

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Now regardless of the study that has been done this type of training is to try and experiment with specific variants for the type of sport related to combat.

Now you can perform the exercise alone or in two to make it more competitive.

My advice is to have more than one to make the exercise more intense and dynamic.

Reaction Ball has its shape, weight, colors and sizes to satisfy all tastes.

Reaction Balls range from 5 euros to 20 euros.

Good reaction ball training!!

Stay Tuned!

Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport!


Con una passione per la difesa personale e gli sport da combattimento, mi distinguo come praticante e fervente cultore e ricercatore sulle metodologie di allenamento e strategie di combattimento. La mia esperienza abbraccia un vasto panorama di discipline: dal dinamismo del Boxing alla precisione del Muay Thai, dalla tecnica del Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu all'energia del Grappling, dal Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW) all'intensità del Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Non solo insegno, ma vivo la filosofia di queste arti, affinando costantemente metodi e programmi di allenamento che trascendono il convenzionale. La mia essenza si riflette nell'autodifesa: Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), Dirty Boxing, Silat, l'efficacia del Jeet Kune Do & Kali, l'arte della scherma con coltelli e bastoni, e la tattica delle armi da fuoco. Incarno la filosofia "Street Fight Mentality", un approccio senza fronzoli, diretto e strategico, unito a un "State Of Love And Trust" che bilancia l'intensità con la serenità. Oltre al tatami, la mia curiosità e competenza si spingono verso orizzonti diversi: un blogger professionista con la penna sempre pronta, un bassista dal groove inconfondibile e un artigiano del coltello, dove ogni lama è un racconto di tradizione e innovazione. Questa sinfonia di abilità non solo definisce la mia identità professionale, ma dipinge il ritratto di un individuo che nella diversità trova la sua unica e inconfondibile voce e visione. Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport! Andrea


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