Thursday, 17 July 2008

17/07/08 - Learning to Learn.


Lee got me thinking tonight. Assimilation and integration of techniques takes some time, you don't just jump from learning the twister to being world class at it overnight.

Same with every technique; how many times have we been shown a technique in class, thought you'd never suit it, then you forget about this? Then a few months down the line you're using it a little, then a little more, and suddenly it's a part of your gameplan. It's crazy.

I think the conscious competence learning model relates extremley well to Brazilian Jiujitsu and Muay Thai, and I always think it's a good thing to know what stage you're at.

When you can break down your learning so you know where you're at and what you need to do, you'll get to your goals faster.

An analogy; if you were to drive to Brighton, for example, it would be easier if you knew the route you were taking in advance, rather than learning as you go along.

Anyway, here's the model in progressive stages. I've put a little note next to each stage as to what *I* interpret this to mean, perhaps you think differently? Feel free to start a debate on this :).

- Unconscious Incompetence - You've just been introduced to the technique, and you aren't aware of exactly how important each movement is.
- Conscious Incompetence - You realise what you're doing is wrong and that you need to use the technique fully, not missing any parts of movements.
- Conscious Competence - You pull the move off well, but having to seriously think about what exactly is going on.
- Unconscious Competence. You can pull the move off without even thinking about it, and it's a technique you go to when you know you need something that you're good at.

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