According to the research in Skill Acquisition, generally Martial Artists train for combat quite inefficiently.

We spend a lot of time in isolation training breaking down fine details of technique. Then we fail to link this back into the bigger picture and just remain training everything in isolation.Then we have sparring coming in at the opposite extreme. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Not only are we failing to bridge the gap, but research shows there is no perfect technique. Even the simple task of hammering a nail for 100 reps, failed to replicate any two reps identically.

Yet, we expect the complex and choatic environment of combat against an infinite variety of oppents result in technical perfection?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It seems a lot of this type of training can be dated back to the early days or boxing and martial arts, where this type of training was used for publicity and marketing purposes.

This was to promote and captivate those who didn’t really understand the intricacies of human combat.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For anyone interested in training more effectively,  and getting better results from your efforts I suggest looking into research on skill acquisition.

A great place to start is “perception action coupling” and ask yourself how transferable is your training to the actual endeavour you’re preparing for?

Or are you just training to create some good visual marketing content to impress others? 屢

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