Timing

By Yossi Sheriff

Timing in martial arts and in martial sports denotes the onset of a technique, in relation to the execution of a technique by an opponent. On the AKBAN wiki timing is also a meta perspective which means it is work in progress, an attribute, of many techniques.

Different timings in fighting

The start of a technique can be spaced in time in three basic modals - before the opponent initiates a technique (1st Timing), during the opponent's technique (2nd Timing) and after the opponent's move has been executed (3rd Timing).

There are at least four more timings in use in the martial arts world but their taxonomy is out of the scope of this wiki article.

The 1st timing, before the opponent's attack, carries with it implications that tar its use in self defense situations. It's apparent advantage in street fights and against multiple opponents is diminished by it's possible interpretation as an act of aggression.

The 2nd timing, after the opponent's technique, is a prevalent timing used in many Krav maga and self defense centered systems. Using it is within legal and moral bounds, but having to wait for a random and possibly lethal technique to react on, is a major disadvantage.

The 3rd timing, synchronized simultaneously with the opponent's attack, is used by experts master to cause loss of rhythm and tempo in the opponent's attack. Being able to use the 3rd simultaneous timing together with being able to use the 2nd timing is the mark of a high level practitioner.

Video of 1st timing in Ninjutsu

2nd timing in AKBAN Ninjutsu

The 2nd timing is after the attack of the opponent.

Video of 2nd timing

Third timing in Ninjutsu

The third timing is coordinated simultaneously with the opponent's attack.

VVideo of third timing in AKBAN Ninjutsu

Fourth timing

Fourth timing is done in coordination with the opponent's breath patterns. After the end of exhalation, at the percicise moment the inhalation occurs.

Video of fourth timing in Ninjutsu

Fifth timing in AKBAN Ninjutsu

The Fifth timing is an of-beat deception that hinges around detecting the opponent's patterns of movement and rhythm and breaking these.

Video of 5th timing in Ninjutsu

6th Timing in Ninjutsu

The 6th timing is not only perdicting and disrupting the opponent's patterns but ushering him or her toward specific moves and awareness.

Video of 6th timing in Ninjutsu

7th Timing in Ninjutsu

The seventh timing in Ninjutsu is Okuden.

List of Ninjutsu techniques that use 1st, preventive, timing

 Timing
Ago kin geri - heel kick to chin1st Timing
3rd Timing
Jumonji no kamae, cross fighting stance,- Ninjutsu1st Timing
2nd Timing
Kasumigake no kata, Chuden Gata level, Kukishin Ryu1st Timing
2nd Timing
Kikaku ken, headbutt1st Timing
3rd Timing
Tsuki, back punch with a step, Ninjutsu1st Timing
3rd Timing
Ura shuto tobi - Hitting the neck from the inside and jumping back1st Timing
3rd Timing
Ura shuto, Reverse blade of hand strike - Ninjutsu1st Timing
3rd Timing


List of Ninjutsu techniques that use 2nd, responsive, timing

 Timing
Jumonji no kamae, cross fighting stance,- Ninjutsu1st Timing
2nd Timing
Kasumigake no kata, Chuden Gata level, Kukishin Ryu1st Timing
2nd Timing
Kata2nd Timing
Yama arashi no kata, Chuden Gata level, Kukishin Ryu2nd Timing


List of Ninjutsu techniques that use 3rd, simultaneous, timing

 Timing
Ago kin geri - heel kick to chin1st Timing
3rd Timing
Hicho no kamae, bird stance - Ninjutsu3rd Timing
6th Timing
Ka no kata, Gyokko Ryū - Ninjutsu3rd Timing
Kikaku ken, headbutt1st Timing
3rd Timing
Tsuki, back punch with a step, Ninjutsu1st Timing
3rd Timing
Ura shuto tobi - Hitting the neck from the inside and jumping back1st Timing
3rd Timing
Ura shuto, Reverse blade of hand strike - Ninjutsu1st Timing
3rd Timing

List of Ninjutsu techniques that use 4th, breath detection, timing

 Timing
Sokugyaku geri - heel kick4th Timing

List of Ninjutsu techniques that use 5th, deception, timing

 Timing
Ku no kata, Gyokko Ryū - Ninjutsu5th Timing

List of Ninjutsu techniques that use 6th, manipulation, timing

 Timing
Hicho no kamae, bird stance - Ninjutsu3rd Timing
6th Timing

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