Link-o-rama III: Breath control and mind games

Web explorations to expand your mind and give you an excuse to slack off for a bit:

Even in training physical skills, not all training is about physical improvement.  To use a physical skill appropriately, you still need to perceive conditions like distance, timing, positioning, etc.  Some training does not do much for improving speed, power, or agility, but still serves a very useful purpose of training perceptual flexibility.  In a sports setting, perceptual abilities is what sets apart great athletes from the mediocre.  Even less physically gifted athletes can dominate a game based on their abilities to read the game conditions and body language cues better than their opponents.

Breathing is something we often take for granted, but oddly enough, it's not something that is done correctly by everyone.  Improper breathing patterns can cause movement dysfunction throughout the body and manifest as chronic pain.  Poor breathing patterns can also immobilize the rib cage, which makes me wonder if I should start checking my students for diaphramatic breathing before teaching rib tucking.


Unfortunately, I don't stay on that blank page very long.


Back on the subject of mental training, I enjoyed this post on martial spirit over on the UCB Program blog.  I can relate to the post. Seated meditation for 30 minutes can fly by, but I'm usually ready to get up and go after that.  Multiple hours of meditation training would be quite the challenge.