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Becoming A Proficient Fighter
In all things that we learn there are different stages that one must go through in order for one to become skillful. Martial arts is no exception. Understanding the following process will help you understand how you will develop as well as encourage the patience needed for your development.
Stage 1—The Mechanical Stage
Before you can become a proficient fighter you must learn the proper mechanics of a movement and its concept. During this stage you are learning by rote and repetition. This necessary stage provides the foundation for continued growth.
Stage 2—The Comprehension Stage
The second stage of learning is when you develop an understanding of why you do something and when. You gain insight into the value of the sequences we do. Although you have an understanding of theses things it does not mean that you can execute techniques / concepts proficiently. You understand the how to.
Stage 3—The Application Stage
As the title suggests this stage is where you are able to use what you have learned in both a rehearsed, and later, unrehearsed manner. Your how to evolves into can do.
Stage 4—The Reciprocity Stage
At this stage you are able to see how you can apply the concepts, principles, and techniques in more than one situation. You understand how to correlate what you have learned against a variety of other styles thereby diversifying your skills. Most importantly you help others through the first three stages. You have gained something that can’t be taken away and will follow you wherever you go.
The four stages repeat itself for everything that you learn. As you accumulate knowledge and skills, this makes your learning time decrease more and more as you continue to take concepts, principles, and techniques through this process.