Example for Single Reaction

In the movie Sanjuro [1] there is a somewhat drastic depiction for a single reaction (note, not suitable for viewing at work). If you cannot stand the tension, advance to the 30th second. Link One should take another look at the reaction chain for a selection as a simple reaction.     The first question […]

The post was published 21. February 2014 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with .

Response Times with Itemization

At Schmidt and Lee [5], one can find a good description for an older base model of response times. These things can be used well in training to assess whether the initial response times are sufficient for taking action. One of the biggest mistakes in training is to practice movements as simple reaction times (only […]

The post was published 14. February 2014 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with .

Problems with Response Time

Well, the good old days. Once upon a time, I started with response times. Thinking about this now brings back memories. I wanted to know why response times differ between certain situations. Nowadays, I deal with totally different things and have stumbled upon a lot of interesting effects. Nevertheless, reaction times are always a controversial […]

The post was published 7. February 2014 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with .

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 […]

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

Transmissions in daily life, Part 3

The example of a door that modifies your movement in the blog entry “Transmissions in daily life, Part 2” is just one of numerous examples. Another transmission is cycling. There is an important reason why I present these examples in detail. These examples offer a glimpse of the complexity of conscious and unconscious learning. Even […]

The post was published 24. January 2014 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with , .

Book Review, Part 2, Peter M. McGinnis: Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise

The book „Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise” of Peter M. McGinnis gives an extensive overview on the topic biomechanics, but I have mixed feelings about this book. One the one hand side, its structure is very good. Each chapter starts with an introduction to the specific subject, an explanatory part followed by self-experiments and many […]

The post was published 24. January 2014 related to the category Book Review, Miscellaneous and tagged with .

Transmissions in daily life, Part 2

The latest blog entry “Transmissions in daily life, Part 1” presented a simple transmission for a straight punch. But, what happens when a transmission hits another transmission? Imagining this with punches and blocks is a bit too much for the start. It is much easier to look at transmissions that affect everyone in his daily […]

The post was published 17. January 2014 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with , , .

Transmissions in daily life, Part 1

The blog entry “Daily failures, part five” presented a transmission and an example for its usage. If you take a closer look, you will notice that transmissions are nothing special in your daily life. Basically, every human movement consists of several combined transmissions. Remember, a transmission is just translating one movement form into another form, […]

The post was published 10. January 2014 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with .

Daily Failures, Part 5

One can compile long lists of basic motor control problems in martial arts and still, wrong internal models and their underlying reasons will always be on top of it. It seems that the human body is not meant to live and cope with an ever-changing environment that alters its state too fast. Martial arts have […]

The post was published 4. January 2014 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with , , .

Daily Failures, Part 4

The latest blog entries on daily failures focused a bit on reaction times, rhythms and biomechanical aspects. This entry deals with other biomechanical aspects and the kind of information that can be derived from simple conclusions. Again, the idea is to retrieve as much information as possible to successfully “model” an opponent’s intentions. The blog […]

The post was published 27. December 2013 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with , .

Daily Failures, Part 3

The following daily failures address internal models, how rhythms are set and how this process fails due to certain boundary conditions. It is important that internal models are based on all available information. These include rules, goals and knowledge of cause and effect. It is a common error to exclude or not consider certain pieces […]

The post was published 20. December 2013 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with , , .

Daily Failures, Part 2

The following examples concentrate on daily failures with a focus on biomechanical aspects and reflexes. These aspects are vital to improve movements in view of e.g. force, momentum or speed. There is a very good book on biomechanics. “Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise” from Peter M. McGinnis (Link), which gives a very good introduction to […]

The post was published 13. December 2013 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with , , , , .

Daily Failures, Part 1

You take movement failures for granted in your life. If you fail to grab a bottle, then you try again. If you stumble, then your body will rebalance you. The big number of mistakes and their continuous appearance leave you dulled. It becomes quite normal to just accept these things. The distinction between “everything is […]

The post was published 5. December 2013 related to the category Miscellaneous.

Effects and Models

I hope that the first examples have aroused your interest. Unfortunately, I have to interrupt things at this point. Motor Control is an area of constant change. It is important to differentiate between effects and the underlying models. You can rely on effects. They can be repeated and can be used for simple derivations similar […]

The post was published 29. November 2013 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with .

Characteristic Problems, Part 4

Some of the briefly discussed problems entail follow-up difficulties. These are not always directly observable. The blog is mainly about motor control, but in this example, the result of not properly designed movements is discussed. The problems presented thus far tend to frustrate you. Nevertheless, the frustration can be transferred into training if the problems […]

The post was published 24. November 2013 related to the category Miscellaneous and tagged with .