I'm off to Malaysia for some training and vacation. I'll be taking a break from writing my blog posts for a few weeks (but don't worry, I'll be back soon enough). Here are some links to tide you over during the break:
I came across this post at Diesel Crew about training athletes' reaction time with visual and audio cues. Most athletic training is about improving physical attribute, but not all training is about physical improvements. Strength, power, speed, etc. are only useful in the context of being able to perceive the conditions of the moment.
Thought this vid demonstrated understanding the point of contact in a different context:
Steve Morris has another excellent post up on his blog about deliberate practice. The post is somewhat lengthy. It's a good read, but in case you don't feel like reading it in its entirety, I'll pick out a few quotes that stood out for me:
"Deliberate practice is a very personal approach to improving performance. It is a form of practice in which you have to keep raising the bar and relentlessly evaluating your performance... A threshold of 10,000 hours practice is often used to describe the amount of time and effort you have to put in so as to achieve mastery in any given discipline. The idea of 10,000 hours practice probably sounds familiar and reassuring to martial arts traditionalists. Many of them devote thousands upon thousands of hours to their training, year in and year out. And yet at the end of it all, many of them still can’t fight. It’s important to understand that there is a great deal more to deliberate practice than simple repetition. Accurately repeating the same prescribed moves over and over again until you clock up 10,000 hours ain’t going to turn you into anything other than a robot."
"The point at which you recognize the mistake and learn to correct it is the cutting edge of the learning process. That’s where the brain will learn to self-correct and re-orient to its goal, strengthening the relevant neural pathways in the process. That’s why working on the boundaries of your ability is so important: you need to be challenged to make mistakes. That’s how you learn. Your ability to perceive the mistake is equally crucial."
Men's Health isn't usually one of my source of informational reading, but I thought this article was a good read. Strength, power and movement in general aren't just about muscles. The fascia is intertwined and interconnected with muscular movement.
This bear has strong staff-fu: