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Taking it slow

Cameron Rowe

As adults we often set high expectations for ourselves, especially when it comes to learning. Learning is something associated with beginners and kids. Our ego doesn’t like either comparison and we like to feel capable of being able to learn something quickly and easily.

This mindset can be a challenge for instructor and student alike. When learning a new technique or skill set, our ego wants us to learn, conquer and move on. 

We often mistake our ability to do something fast with competency, especially when we look up to our coaches and top athletes who appear to move in a fast, focussed, and masterful manner. Since we want to aspire to their level, we assume that if we can move as they do, then we are one step closer to achieving this. So when we learn a new technique, we have a habit of going too fast, too soon. We believe that if we can do the technique fast, we must be doing it well.

Unfortunately this is far from the truth. From an instructors point of view, it leads to a student's inaccurate duplication of the technique, which then leads to the slow progress in mastering the technique.