|Academy of Combat Newsletter #159
Novice Thai Boxing Fights
Congratulations to Thea, Megan, Issac, Mike and Maria who fought at the Sitnarong Novice Thai Boxing event in Christchurch. You all did extremely well.
Maria's MMA Fight
Well done to 16 year old Maria Churcher who put on an amazing performance in her debut MMA fight in Dunedin at XFC 33. Maria fought a much older and more experienced opponent and won by triangle choke in the 2nd round.
Academy Grappling TournamentsThe Academy will host 2 end of year grappling tournaments week after next:
Tuesday 19th December= Gi
Thursday 21st December= No Gi
They are open to all levels and we have a handicap system so everyone has a chance!
From now on all students who are using the grappling mats are to bring jandals to wear when entering the bathrooms. This is to keep the mats cleaner and germ free.
3) There is an open mat on Saturdays for sparring and drilling from 12pm until 2pm.
When first learning a new technique it is important that we chunk it down into smaller, easily learned units as discussed in an earlier tips newsletter. Once easily assimilated chunks are obtained these must be practiced with repetition to learn them. However, just repeating them over and over again in a session has its limitations. Studies on a simple nervous system have shown that any more than 10 repetitions of a task in a session does not result in any increase to retention, in addition, performing only one session of learning a new piece of material results in very little retention over a long period.
The most useful method of repetition drilling, to gain the most effective retention, is to spread the repetitions over a number of sessions.
A method that has shown a great deal of effect is to carry out 7 to 10 repetitions in a session of the material. And then carry out at least nine repeat review sessions over several days or weeks. The closer the review sessions are together the quicker the optimal retention is obtained.
Boredom becomes a factor in repetition drilling and is detrimental to retention as the learning process is seriously impaired. Disguising the repetitions in drills, combinations and games that utilize the particular skill involved are ways that can get around this problem.
Fatigue is another factor that must be taken into consideration. Learning and skill development occur beast when the mind and body are fresh and energized; studying early in the day is very beneficial. Always ensure that you learn and repetition new material early in your training program. I find that reviewing earlier material that is related to the new material to be earned immediately before the new material works well.
As soon as fatigue and loss of concentration begins to show move on to the conditioning and sparring sections of your training workout.
Working the repetition of a technique until boredom is noticed and/or fatigue sets in, recording the number of repetitions that you have performed in the training session in your training diary and then working more repetitions in another training session to get to your repetition goal, is another strategy that can get around this problem.
Just develop a determined discipline to complete a predetermined number of repetitions. I would suggest a minimum of 60 spread over a 2 year period for maximum retention.
Bear in mind that this is for the learning and retention of a new technique, not the optimal refinement of it for the highest level of effectiveness that may be required for competition. This requires the development and sharpening of the various attributes required for optimal performance of the technique, such as: speed, timing, flow, balance, connectivity to the next move, variation adjustment, corrections in balance, preparedness for reaction to the opponent’s movement, etc.
Taking it to this level requires many more repetitions and exposing the performance of the technique to increasing levels of risk through controlled to random sparring.
To ensure the best learning of the technique start by learning and drilling the technique under totally cooperative conditions to get it right. This is the retention period discussed above, once a good level of efficacy is obtained then try to use the technique in controlled sparring conditions or controlled performance drills in which your training partner presents moderate problems to deal with. As your efficacy increases start to utilize it in your sparring, at first against less experienced opponents working up to opponents of higher levels.
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'Til next time keep training hard.Dr Geoff, Ph.D. www.UltimateFightingSystems.com
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