“Hick’s law … describes the time it takes for a person to make a decision as a result of the possible choices he or she has: increasing the number of choices will increase the decision time logarithmically.”
This is why we have ONE imperative: hit the head. Hunt it, chase it. As my Sifu says, “hitting the head is our obsession.”
This is an elementary binary decision – attack or don’t attack.
Everything else must be a reflex. If its your opponent’s reflex but not yours, you lose (unless you can really take a punch).
This is the downside of many systems that teach in a “he does this, then I do that, and then he does this, and then I do that” sort of manner. When an attack comes your way, the attacker has usually attempted to load the deck in their favor through catching you by surprise.
Most fights start with a sucker punch. Most rapes or muggings start with either a disarming approach (Can I get a light? Can you give me directions?) or with a “from behind” or “blindside” attack and grab.
People are not like animals. We are animals (apes, specifically). Animals are wired to be conservative in their predatory behavior. The lion creeps up and is colored to blend in with the surrounding dirt and grass.
Criminals come up from behind or from an angle or they smile in your face then hit and grab.
Your system will work best if its simple. Direct. Efficient. There is not a laundry list of choices to be made depending on the type of attack. If its from the right and high, I do this. If its a kick, I do this. Wing Chun attacks the head. Most attacks or counter-attacks are dealt with by moving inside their range as the head is attacked, shifting the attacker’s focus from their attack to defending their head.
Simple. One choice. If I attack, I go all in and seek the target.
Here is a Tony Blauer talk on it. I have to say, I feel like Tony is being too defensive here. He talks about having a flinch response, but people don’t freeze like that. Maybe his thing is neutralize the attack, then subdue?
You should have a flinch response but it should be an attack or attack/defense. There is no time to do one then the other.