CONCEPT LESSON LINK: The OODA Loop, Observe Orient Decide Act - John Boyd

The OODA Loop (for Observe, Orient, Decide and Act) is a concept applied to the combat operations process, often at strategic level in both the military and commercial operations. It was created by military strategist and USAF Colonel John Boyd.

The following section of the article on the OODA Loop can be used to interpret the chaos of the fight depicted in the video clip.

"The key is to obscure your intentions and make them unpredictable to your opponent while you simultaneously clarify his intentions. That is, operate at a faster tempo to generate rapidly changing conditions that inhibit your opponent from adapting or reacting to those changes and that suppress or destroy his awareness. Thus, a hodgepodge of confusion and disorder occur to cause him to over- or under-react to conditions or activities that appear to be uncertain, ambiguous, or incomprehensible."

In the video, the assailant obscures his intentions with verbal banter. His use of verbal banter causes his victim to also engage in verbal banter. The victim enters a verbal banter OODA feedback loop. Once the assailant determined that the victim was stuck in a verbal loop, he changed the tempo to a physical attack. The victim, still struck in verbal mode, under-reacts, and is easily defeated.
- E. Kondo

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