We have already pointed out the best way to learn a technique (fight, strategy, etc.) in the article “The best way to study technique: 10 tips”, now we want to go forward and propose a practical and functional scheme for acquiring theoretical knowledge and transform it into practice.
- In principle this methodology is valid for (almost) any kind of martial concept
- It is understood that the technique we want to learn has been consistently evaluated as real, practicable without danger and above all not the result of tricks / deception
- In order to do not repeat ourselves, we will do not repropose all that has already been said in the article mentioned above
Here are the steps to follow, nothing of paradoxical, simply the right way to achieve a good result:
- First of all let’s take a deep look at the technique (through expert practitioners and clearly, both on us and on others)
- Let’s ask ourself if there is something we did not understand (theory or practice)
- If we have any doubts about the practice we have to review the technique again and again (from different angles, slowing down and with the mind open to different points of view)
- If we have doubts about the theory (everything behind the technique) we must focus on unclear parts and fill our gaps (through books, questions to experts, etc.); after that we have to review the technique again
- When we are certain that we have understood at least the general theory, we have to ask ourselves if we have the psycho-physical skills necessary for its execution
- If we realize that we are currently unable to execute it, we must (in agreement with an expert) split the technique into multiple phases / elements and establish the necessary psycho-physical trainings
- When we are certain that we have all the requirements we can finally go for the practice in first person and in a simplified context
- If we find theoretical difficulties during the practice (which we had previously not imagined) we must go back to step 4; If we find difficulty in applying theory to practice, we must go back to step 6
- When we can easily apply the technique in a simplified context, we must increase the difficulty (different partners, non-collaborative, obstacles, etc.)
- If we can not make the technique working effectively in this “more realistic” context we just have to go back to step 6
- When we can instinctively apply the technique even in complex contexts the knowledge is acquired (by our mind and our body) but our work is far from finished
- The last stage (the longest) is the one of personalization, we must go with tests, constant training, increasing difficulties (etc.) to optimize the technique through experience
At this address we can download the PDF file that contains the logic schema just described:
The point is that acquiring a technique does not mean seeing it once on a video, on a book or on an internship but by studying it, de-engineering it, applying it, and deploying it in depth.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.