Comprehension instead of sure formulas

The first examples only vaguely showed how motor control can be used for deeper analysis. These examples are not as detailed as you require for applying them in your own training. Hopefully, it was an interesting read, but how do you really apply them? Thus, “interesting” is not enough.

If you are looking for simple rules or sure formulas, you will be disappointed. I will not present sure formulas, but background knowledge for analyzing each situation separately, even unfamiliar ones. This website deals with the comprehension of backgrounds. Rules work for certain situations and environments. Trying to apply them in unfamiliar environments will usually lead to failure. Because your partners have had their own experiences, they naturally have their own rules. But does this really improve the situation? Please don’t get me wrong – I am not even insinuating that rules are bad. They have their place; but, the boundary conditions for applying simple rules in complex environments are difficult to fulfill.

The previous blog entries should have illustrated this. These examples were not analyzed with simple rules, but were deduced from background knowledge. The more interesting part is the usage of the analysis. A good analysis enables the optimization of movements, finding approaches to previous impasses or finishing discussions.

The success of these approaches lies in an independent viewing angle. Motor control provides an underlying structure that cannot be neglected. There are certain fundamental motor control problems that martial arts must deal with (1, 2, 3, 4, ect.). Good martial arts stand out due to their way of dealing with these problems. Some martial art strategies neglect these problems and have no specific approaches dealing with them.

Maybe a comparison can illustrate the idea. Motor control can be considered a chess board. The board has a fixed and given structure. If you want to play chess (practice martial arts), you have to put your chess pieces (movements) on the board (dealing with problems), not next to it (not dealing with problems).

The underlying processes of neglecting some of these problems are all too human. They cannot be criticized directly. The same psychological processes that are responsible for improving movements are also responsible for their deterioration. These processes will be discussed in future blog entries.

The post was published 1. February 2014 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with .