HOW THE BODY LEARNS THE ART

 

Some Martial Artists, including the new breed of good professional Martial Arts Instructors, extend the study of their art to include physiological and mental aspects.

 

Scientific medical research has shown that where movement is concerned, different areas of the brain are involved in the learning process.

 

 

In the initial stages of learning, while the cerebral cortex is building up new nerve pathways helped by what is called the pyramidal system, movements are gross and clumsy.

 

Once all the other support systems such as the inner ear and eyes have caught up with the instructions for the movement, then the extra-pyramidal nerve system comes into play, refining the movements and sending the new information back to the cerebral cortex.

 

Such information, however over simplified, can enhance one’s attitude to learning. The sooner an awareness of the finer movements and adjustments needed to learn a technique is developed, the quicker it can be learned.

 

Research has shown that a part of the mid-brain known as the reticular system plays an important part in this process, sifting through the rain of sensory information sent to the cerebral cortex and deciding on the best way for the body to act.

 

Such knowledge introduced into the field of Kung-Fu and in Martial Arts in general to enliven one’s study and elevate combat into a true art form.

 

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