Saturday, September 21, 2013

James DeMile - Bruce Lee’s Five Stages for Accelerated Learning

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Bruce Lee’s Five Stages for Accelerated Learning

One – Bruce Lee had an extraordinary ability to simplify the complicated. He felt much time was wasted in training techniques that could be learned a in a much shorter period . He determined that if you separated, speed, power and technique as individual arts you could learn one and then add it to the other. Brilliant. By developing speed as a natural action, you could learn a technique, add speed and immediately have a fast technique. Same with power. Since the applied concepts of speed and power were constant, once you learned them you did not need to train in them any longer. You could focus on the refinement of technique and then add speed and power.

Two – Natural neuro-muscular learning.and imprinting. This means that the technique is designed for the muscles natural range of motion. The advantage of this approach is that the muscles learn and imprint much easier and quicker and most important retain memory longer without constant reinforcement. Biking and swimming are only two examples of this imprinting process, once learned, never forgotten.

Three – Breaking each technique down into specific elements. Bruce Lee felt that by breaking things down you could identify their strengths and weaknesses and see how to restructure them into a better technique for a specific application. Also, it allowed the instructor to teach the technique more quickly since the students could clearly see the steps to practice and how the pieces fit together as a single technique.

Four – Developing core concepts that allow one technique to be applied in a variety of scenarios rather than learning more techniques. Such as: Applied Startle can be used offensively or defensively and in any physical action or reaction. A ready stance that can absorb or give an attack. A strike that can be for body control or self defense.

Five – Learning How to Learn
*Clearly understand the purpose and structure of the technique.
By realizing the purpose the student is able to put a value on it, which will affect his motivation in training. Being aware of the structure or how it works gives the student references to know if he is training properly.
*Show it to the body and see if it can do it naturally. If the body has to adjust in any way, stretch or warm-up in order to do the technique effectively, then it is not a good technique for the individual since he will not have time to warm-up when confronting an assailant. Using natural movement as a reference tells a student the long term value of any technique.
* Train, Train, Train. Once the student understands and sees the body can do the proper movements in a natural flowing way, then they switch to total training to develop a natural spontaneous application.

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