quarta-feira, 12 de outubro de 2016

A stick fighting view of martial arts training: Solo training & the Tactics of technique

When it comes to martial arts training, sparring generates a picture of combat. This maximizes the benefits between martial arts training drills & sparring performance.

However, the buck doesn't stop here, as having a solid perspective of combat context also affects technique.


In seeking a better understanding of the world, we tend to focus on the Keep It Simple (for) Stupids principle, and thus proceed to splitting something complex into its individual components. In doing so, within the context of martial arts training, categories surge (like that of technique and tactics).

Such concepts facilitate both analysis and communication, but can also generate false premises: like that of technique and tactics being independent issues. I
t goes without saying that, if you start with a false premise, then martial arts training through garbage in, equals garbage out.


"Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler"
A. Einstein

Cutting straight to the chase: 


What is technique? 


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Simply put, each technique is a movement pattern developed in order to solve a specific challenge performers are faced with. 

Therefore, contrary to the analytical view mentioned above, the martial arts training process for each technique (movement pattern) needs to account for the specificity of its combat setting (meaning, of its tactical circumstance).

Some practical examples might help clarifying this rationale. 


a) A tennis player (usually looking for powerful strokes from the backcourt) develops sliced strokes when unable to get to the ball with enough time to swing the racket. 

b) A basketball player adjusts his or her shooting technique when presented with a vertical obstacle (such as a taller opponent), in order to shoot the ball with a greater arch.

You're smart, you get the drift. However, talking the talk is easy, do you walk the walk? (in the sense that your martial arts training reflects this connection between technique and tactics)

This generates one question, with context being so darn relevant (even within technique):


How should solo drills be handled within the context of martial arts training?


Personally, I too have some use for solo drills. However, such drills are mostly to fine tune biomechanics. Therefore, not only do I look to keep them down to a minimum, but I also look to insert them into trainees' martial arts training only at very precise moments ... otherwise it can actually backfire, with their effect on sparring performance being a negative one (negative carryover)



"Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. 
The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy." 
Paracelsus


Plus, with there being a wealth of things trainees need to develop before benefiting from refining their biomechanics (such as context centred movement patterns, sparring application, timing, etc), martial arts training solo drills ought to (for the most part) actually be prohibited to beginners.

Well, that's my two cent at least, under the goal of being helpful in improving the results you get from your martial arts training (while supported by having experienced significant success with this sport sciences based approach, upon teaching many good people from all walks of life).

Check out the poll on the right side of the screen, as I'd love to know what aspect of training troubles you the most. 


Cheers!

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