Implicit Motor Learning – External Focus

Implicit Motor Learning for Sports, Dance, Martial Arts and other Movement Practices For an introduction to implicit motor learning see the following lecture by Professor Rich Masters of the University of Waikato. Implicit motor learning is when we acquire new skills but are unable to create explicit, verbal descriptions, instructions or rules about the movementsContinue reading “Implicit Motor Learning – External Focus”

Reverse Capoeira

  “There’s more to fishing than catching fish” In the documentary A Passion for Angling this sentiment, or philosophy rather, is made eloquently clear through the tales and adventures of two old friends and fishing partners, Bob James and Chris Yates.  It’s almost as if the actual act of catching a fish is merely aContinue reading “Reverse Capoeira”

Speedbumps

The trial and error, DIY, experience-it-yourself, go-out-and-actually-have-a-look method of doing things is a naturally occurring speedbump that has been vastly eroded in recent years by the widespread availability of both written and visual information about everything and anything imaginable. Those annoyingly ingenious features of the urban landscape designed to consistently infuriate us by impeding ourContinue reading “Speedbumps”

Harmony

04.02.18 Either I take photographs to see how they look relative to the reality they are derived from, in which case harmony is achieved through accepting the process and the surprising outcomes, or I take photographs because I have a relatively clear (in comparison to my own hazy imagination) idea of how I want aContinue reading “Harmony”

Study

  14.11.17 Study means to examine closely. Therefore to study from a book is an oxymoron because the words are simply not the thing. The study should reveal more about the book and the recording and presentation process than about the subject itself . Studying from a book is really the study of the subjectContinue reading “Study”

Testing Times

08.11.17 In the same way that there are multiple lenses with which to view exercise, there are also many uses or purposes of testing.  In classical education tests are mostly exercises in regurgitation, where the student with the best memory is able to perform the best.  Individual sports such as running or weightlifting are alsoContinue reading “Testing Times”

The Hidden Pathway

06.11.17 Some months ago I began writing a list of exercises for learning how to control the lumbar spine and how to differentiate between movement that originates in the hip from that of the low back.  As my list of variations grew an interesting pattern emerged: all of these exercises required and promoted “core” strengthContinue reading “The Hidden Pathway”

Mobility, Metaphors and Cached Selves

06.11.17 The book Metaphors We Live By has been a great inspiration to me ever since I read it earlier this year.  One thing that came to light while reading was the way in which my relationship with my body was shaped by unhelpful metaphors.  The first that I noticed was the idea of mobilityContinue reading “Mobility, Metaphors and Cached Selves”

The Art of Movement?

Coe (1992, p. 219) defines art as: “Color and/or form used by humans in order to modify an object, body, or message solely to attract attention to that object, body, or message. The proximate or immediate effect of art is to make objects more noticeable.”   My interest is not in making the body moreContinue reading “The Art of Movement?”