- Mar 27, 2012
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- Hendersonville, NC
Okay, in order to better help you, are you using -
A floor marked off with tape to represent a ring?
An open floor with no tape boundaries?
A ring with ropes?
@Sarah Mc Congratulations on having your thread go into new and exciting directions, including multiple arguments. At least your thread didn't get locked like mine
I totally understand the feeling that you suck at martial arts, lack talent, etc. I have often thought to myself, "man, I'm really awful at this really simple thing. Why won't my body obey?" It also doesn't help that I'm usually training with people far beyond my skill level and I am woefully uncoordinated and slow in comparison to them. It was quite nice to hear last week that I'm doing quite well for someone testing for 8th kyu, since I don't have any other beginners to compare myself to.
@Sarah Mc Regarding genetics, in a lot of cases genetics only works as a guidepost and not an immutable truth, particularly because we have a fairly shallow understanding of the genome. Some things like genes for eye color are simple and well understood, but many traits are influenced by several genes and can involve epigenetics, which is a process in which parts of your DNA become methylated (a small compound attaches), which makes it unreadable. Environmental conditions can modify the epigenome and it can be inherited as well. Which is why genetic studies will generally say that having a specific gene variant will increase your likelihood of having some trait, but does not guarantee it. Heck, according to my genes I should be lactose intolerant, but I'm not, and that's a pretty well understood mutation.
Yes, that's exactly what he does.
I think what others have said about muscle memory makes sense - I may be making very slow progress because there's so much that's new, I'm only learning / practicing so much at one time.
Over the weekend I started setting additional time aside to practice some of the basics that I feel comfortable with on the bag, & so haven't been practicing at home. I can do them but that doesn't mean my body remembers them without having to think about it each time.
When people said, "I suck". The may mean that he is
3. losing confidence.
1 and 2 are OK. 3 is not.
My brother started telling people something when they told him he was talented in piano, guitar, songwriting, music whatever. "I'm not talented. I'm musically inclined with a lot of dedication."I will go a step further and suggest that the notion of talent is ALMOST a myth. Occasionally there will be a 5 year old concert pianist, but as I meet and get to know people who I have thought of as talented for years, I've heard their stories and realized that they just put their work in and stuck with it. Sports, music, art, martial arts, it doesn't matter.
That is a very cogent observation. In one of you previous posts you referenced hard work and repetition. REPETITION can override most of what we believe science tells us we are not supposed to be able to do. Keep at it.It really is helpful just to hear that other people have had similar experiences, & there's no prophesy that where I'm at = I suck forever.
I realize you've specified what we've been talking about in the abstract. When asking about natural aptitude, we're talking about genetics.
I don't have the first clue about what my genes say. Aside from observing parents & half-siblings who are reasonably athletic, anyway. as someone else pointed out, I don't actually know what my capabilities are yet. What I've been doing is interpreting my perception of what I feel (or don't feel) compared to what I *see* in others. Apples and oranges.
Yes, hard work can take you a long way! I'm not really naturally athletic, I began training when I was 24. I could hardly tell my left from my right back then. Some folks are just athletic, some come from various sports or dance, and some of us need a little extra time to get it together. Believe in yourself, ask questions, and try. Best of luck!
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That is a very cogent observation. In one of you previous posts you referenced hard work and repetition. REPETITION can override most of what we believe science tells us we are not supposed to be able to do. Keep at it.
My brother started telling people something when they told him he was talented in piano, guitar, songwriting, music whatever. "I'm not talented. I'm musically inclined with a lot of dedication."
Just with regards to sparring? We have a space on the mat marked off with cones to designate sparring stations.