From a close friend Jonathan

 There are two parts to executing movement during the initial strike. Both the Brain, and the Muscle have proven that training effectively for the real move, like putting your hand over your head for the incoming hook, is the best way to train. As that makes both your muscles and your brain to work together. It is far more efficient, especially if during training you receive a hard blow over that block, ie. This way you will not only learn how to cover yourself, but how it will feel like and what will exactly happen when you get hit like that. When training with only one stimulus only mimics one result.

Combat visualisation will definitely improve your confidence, giving you a rough idea of what to do on certain stimulus , The odds of that person acting and responding EXACTLY that way as visualized is slim to none. However it reinforces a behavior that influences a reaction and in some cases, it is all that's needed. As someone ready to give that devastating hook. It is better than not doing

anything, absolutely. Follow up with reinforcing the visualisations with   hands on practice with an instructor, in a gym/dojo.

Unless you are visualizing a movement where the chances of that instance playing out in that particular way in that exact moment then yes, the chances of it working out is much higher because why would it not? That's a belief trained into a reaction.

However, If you want to be good at anything move: practice, practice, practice. Whether visually or mentally, there is still the option to grow.

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