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PostSubject: GROSS MOTOR ARTICLE   Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:43 pm

I'M AWARE ONE CAN BE SKILLED--AFTER SOME LEVEL OF COMFORT THROUGH CONTINUED
EXPOSURE, AND A HIGH DEGREE OF TRAINING. THAT SAID, I FOUND THIS INTERESTING
FROM THE WEB, GROSS MOTOR SIMPLISTIC BASTARD THAT I AM [MY SLANT BEFORE MENTIONED]

ARTICLE FOLLOWING: NOT ADVERTISING FOR THE GROUP--JUST SOME OF THE PRINCIPLES

ARE YOUR NERVES PUTTING
YOU AT RISK?



What You Need To Know About Your Body To Protect Yourself





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Because knowing the difference between...

Gross Motor Skills
Fine Motor Skills
Complex Motor Skills

Could make all the difference in your safety.

You've trained your heart out and you've earned a Black Belt. You're in great shape and have more self-confidence than you've ever had before.

But are you really safe?
You’re approached in a parking lot at night. The man is acting strange. Maybe he’s drunk. Maybe he’s crazy. His movements are erratic. He’s coming toward you. He snaps at you, and his voice is angry. You don’t have time to decipher.

You’re thinking: This is it. This is what I’ve trained for. It’s time to do it. CAN I?

He reaches out to grab you…

How will you react in a real emergency?

It would be ideal if every Black Belt could react with quick confidence and a cool head. But even with all your training, there’s a chance it won’t play out that way. So many factors play into each possible scenario, such as:

Did you get enough sleep the night before?
Are you suffering from a head cold?
Have you recently taken a break from training?
Are your thoughts preoccupied over work or family issues?
Those issues are manageable, but the one that puts you at even greater risk is…

Did your training prepare you to act with Gross Motor Skills?

It may very well be that the number one reason that Black Belts are sometimes unable to defend themselves in a real situation is because the majority of their training involved using Complex and Fine motor skills.

While training in those areas is a good thing, if your nerves go haywire from fight or flight response, it is Gross Motor Skills that you’ll fall back on.

What are the Motor Skills Types?

Motor skills are the type of physical functions you perform and can be divided into three categories. Randy LaHaie, author of" P this:< like them explains Series? Training Combative Up Toughen The>

Fine Motor Skills - are actions involving small muscles, dexterity and eye-hand coordination. The ability to perform fine motor skills deteriorates at low to moderate levels of stress.

Complex Motor Skills - are actions that combine three or more steps or actions in a sequence requiring timing and coordination. At high levels of stress, the ability to perform these skills is also impaired. Many martial arts techniques are complex motor skills. This explains why techniques that may work fine in low-stress training sessions fail in a high-stress street-fight.

Gross motor skills - are simple, large-muscle group actions like squats, pushups and push/pull-type movements. Unlike fine and complex motor skills, gross motor skills DO NOT deteriorate under stress. In fact, they are enhanced by the affects of fear and stress.

Randy also explains that, "It makes total sense to rely predominantly on gross motor skills when designing a self-defense response system that you know will be applied in stressful circumstances."

The stress experienced during a real self-defense situation can either empower you or put you more at risk. It all depends on how you train.

How Does "Wu Ying Tao" Training Help?

In Wu Ying Tao ("The Formless Way"), the emphasis is on sparring as well as practical self-defense techniques that give students the ability to perform well under stressful situations.

How is Wu Ying Tao different from other systems of Martial Arts training?

Most Martial Arts systems involve memorizing technique after technique in sequential movements. You develop great ability to perform the techniques you practice over and over again, but what you will actually do in a real self-defense situation is dependent on what you have memorized. This means you have to be able to recall technical information while under stress.

Training in Wu Ying Tao focuses on what is actually happening in your immediate presence, at that very moment, rather than trying to recall a list of memorized techniques. In other words, distance, timing, and the 5 lines of force are the key focus. The techniques you have memorized are there, and you will perform them with more ease and relaxed energy when you’re not stressing over which ones to choose from. The techniques you use are determined more by the distance, timing, and lines of force than by using an analytical thought process that you don’t have time for, anyway!

This way, no matter how stressful the situation may be, you are able to keep your attention on the immediate present rather than diverting your mind for a moment to review your list of techniques that might work for this particular situation.

There are also good training methods for developing motor skills that will offset stress…

Heavy Bag Workouts – Stress management and heavy bag workouts are practically synonymous. By "working out" the stress, you become more adept at functioning with technical skills.
Spar With Focus On "Here And Now" – When sparring, let go of all thoughts of what techniques you might be able to make work against your sparring partner, and focus only on distance, timing, and lines of force. With a little practice, you’ll amaze yourself at how quickly your reflexes respond with "just the right" technique—without even thinking about techniques!
Mental Workouts – Stress seriously impairs the cognitive process. Prepare in advance by using the power of your imagination to "play out" scenarios. This takes the stress out of having to make analytical
choices during a tense situation.

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