Randomized v Blocked Practice
Blocked training is basically repeating the same movement sequence over & over in hope for it to become muscle memory.
Of course this is very prevalent in combat sports with emphasis often on technique.
It makes sense to have good muscle memory to call upon when a particular solution is needed.
Randomized training is more variable where you must think your way through a particular problem with decision making due to the variability of problems posed.
Blocked training is very common in all combat sports as drilling is seen as the most important way to improve technique.
There is no perfect technique not to mention technique is only a small percentage of the entire package of an elite fighter.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Research shows that information isn’t well retained when a blocked approach is used.
There is an initial great spike in retention (which is why so many coaches approve of this method) but after less than 1 week that same learning wasn’t as well retained when re tested.
Randomized trained athletes however showed less initial improvement but when retested in the same skill over longer period of time, their results were much higher than those who trained solely in blocked training methods.
Good looking reps does not equal to skill! Blocked training means you can perform that particular movement strictly is those exact circumstances and conditions for a short period of time.
We all know this is not how sparring works. Its chaotic & variable, no two fights are ever the exact same.
We want problem solvers for combat not robots.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Combat is like driving a car. We adapt through trial and error based on the decisions and actions we make.
When we can drive we must always adapt and make decisions based on what the roads and traffic present.
Anything which has variability requires decisions and problem solving. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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