segunda-feira, 10 de outubro de 2016

Stick fighting Jogo do Pau: Training of tactics

Concerning Jogo do Pau stick fighting training, I mentioned how pleasing it was to have Jogo do Pau stick fighting practice regularly include sparring. Doing so wasn't just pleasing, but effective as well (from a learning standpoint).

While surfing the net, I came across something highly related to this Jogo do Pau stick fighting training topic: a report concerning comments made by current Manchester City coach Guardiola about football great Lionel Messi.

I believe I know what some of you are thinking, and I assure you that I am also not a football fan. However, please bare with me, as this actually makes for a good analogy regarding training within both Jogo do Pau stick fighting and other martial systems.

On the topic of Messi doing very little running during games (supposedly the least within the whole Spanish league), coach Guardiola signals this as an important variable that accounts for Messi's effectiveness.

According to coach Guardiola, such behaviour allows for the player to carefully "x-ray" the actions of his opponents and, in turn, perform very purposely when in possession of the ball. In short, it's like having a bunch of keys and being able to consciously select the appropriate key that opens the lock in question (instead of randomly trying all keys, one by one).

... Jesus, I surely hope this analogy was a one-time thing, as I don't want to become one of those intellectual wannabes who no one understands.

The need to be tactically skilled in the sport game or combat setting one practices does not constitute breaking news. However, it has been my experience that, training methodologies targeting the specific development of tactical skill, tend to be lacking within the combat sports world. 

With most instructors being eager to learn, so as to improve training, this is an issue which I feel that has shown improvements recently. However, it can still be improved further. 

Coming full circle, the Jogo do Pau stick fighting training approach I was initially submitted to is a very basic one, but still one that provides reasonable results. It allows for trainees to build an understanding of combat (in the sense of how the pieces stick together) and, consequently (amongst its several outcomes), improve the positive transfer between the practice of tactical drills and their sparring application. 

For top notch results (within either Jogo do Pau stick fighting training or any other activity), individual assessment is warranted, so that practice can be made more specific and, thus, tailor suit each person's needs. However, in the absence of such coaching expertise, a regular mix of sparring and drills is a very good beginning .. for both progress and fun.

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. 


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