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”

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?”

Before You Run

29.10.17 I began an experiment examining my movements while walking, beginning with my normal gait.  I filmed myself for five minutes each time as this was the recording limit on my camera, but this length of time was enough to allow me to settle into my posture which would possibly be altered by the knowledgeContinue reading “Before You Run”

Sedentary Athlete’s Dilemma

“Not to beat the car metaphor to death, but you have to look at every athlete as a complex engine with thousands of moving parts. And you, the coach, are trying to squeeze every single drop of horsepower you can out of that engine.”   Movement is never a simple black and white dichotomy, andContinue reading “Sedentary Athlete’s Dilemma”

Fast Food

01.10.17 I officially began a 7-day fast yesterday, although I had eaten very little the day before, and didn’t at all consume an evening meal.  I had experimented with fasting as a child, but no longer than a day at a time, and if I remember correctly my fasting periods were often during school hours. Continue reading “Fast Food”

Low and Mighty

24.09.17 As self-domesticated animals we retain strong links to our primal history and physical nature through our relatively unchanged biological makeup, particularly that of the brain.  But despite this fact, or perhaps because of it, we seem to be focusing our efforts on moving further away from, denying and even erasing all traces of thisContinue reading “Low and Mighty”