A great method to train, in order to really learn and learn quick is to take the following principle.
First of all… whatever art you practice…take your best/favorite technique and really get to grips with it.. really understand it.. break it down into its constituent parts.
This means that you must analyze it to death… UNDERSTAND what every part of your body is doing to ensure the correct application of that technique.
For example, a simple “jab”.. you MUST know what your weight distribution is, how your feet are positioned, where you “push off” into the floor, how your body aligns, any “extra” movement that should not be there… where the correct power line of delivery is.. how you are balanced, how you keep your defenses,… the relationship between your shoulders, hips and ankles … and MUCH more.
- You MUST understand this from the perspective of the attacker AND defender
- You MUST understand this ”on the move”
This will not take as long as you might think… as long as you can UNDERSTAND the constituent parts that make up a technique. (What we call Players to the Game)
Then you can apply that knowledge to ANY technique:
- What players is that technique currently using?
- What players is it missing?
- What players can I add to the technique to improve it?
- Train the technique S-L-O-W-L-Y at first.
To understand and ”feel” all the nuances of a technique, you need to go light and slow at first. You need to truly gain and in-depth feeling of the technique.
Then when you have done that many, many, times add Players and feel the differences. Feel if there is an improvement. e.g. for a lock is it tighter? Does it go on quicker? Is there less room for escape? Is it more painful?
You may only get small improvements in some areas (especially if you have good technique already) but that’s fine… a 2-3% improvement on a great technique is just as good as a 50% improvement on a poor technique.
At a high level of competition, if you can gain a 2-3% advantage over your opponents, then you are suddenly the guy to beat!
Then when you have it with the extra players… put those into practice when training the technique.
Now you can increase the training speed and power and ”prove” to yourself that the added extras (players) are indeed making a difference for you.