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General / Re: How do you learn
« on: December 16, 2015, 03:58:46 PM »
Looks like you've got your work cut out Richard :D

General / Re: How do you learn
« on: December 16, 2015, 01:12:57 PM »
Not saying you shouldn't analyse things and think
Oh I think you should. For me thinking and analysing is half of the learning process. I just don't do it when I diabolo. I diabolo, then I think about how I can improve things and then I diabolo some more etc. Thinking is connected to speech. I can't talk and diabolo (or any other activity that requires feel) at the same time.
This may be different for everybody.

General / Re: How do you learn
« on: December 13, 2015, 01:17:00 PM »
I totally agree about cutting tricks down into small steps – I think this is where it’s possible to get small wins also and keep the experience a positive one.
Shouldn't having fun always be your goal? Besides any personal goal you may have.

Let's see if I understand what you mean by longer sessions being useful. Do you mean that in longer sessions you build in short sessions of whatever trick or technique you are working on, and then work on something different that may help you (or maybe something completely different) and then have a couple of goes again at in your case low 3d, then switch to another trick, go back to 3d etc? I can see how that might work.

General / Re: How do you learn
« on: December 13, 2015, 09:49:54 AM »
Very interesting post Richard. I have been thinking about this topic lately which is why I now feel compelled to post a reaction. I have been lurking around the forum and as I have been diaboloing for only a short time I feel like such a total beginner. Which of course I am. But then as I am an adult learner just like yourself I would say that the way I learn is exactly that: make being an adult learner your advantage. You'll be likely to have a more thorough knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses than the average teenager has. And you will have developed a way to deal with them. Accept who you are, understand how you learn etc.

Just like you I practice in small sessions and I never do a new trick more than 4 or 5 times. If it works out then that's fine. If it doesn't it'll be fine another time. I don't think that would've been my approach if I had learned to diabolo when I was a teen.

Another thing I do is draw on experiences I gained in other fields. I am an equestrian and I have spent the best part of 30 years learning to equally develop both sides of my body, finding my balance while sitting on 900 pounds of physically incredibly strong pigheadedness with a mind of its own. All of that comes in handy now: I have acquired a good core stability and I have learned to feel what my hands, wrists and arms do, and to think about how what they do affect the results I get and make adjustments accordingly. I have also learned to chop exercises into really small bits as required and most of all I have armed myself with tons of patience over the years.

It might also help to look back from time to time. Where were you a year ago and how much have your skills and technique developed since then. If only for motivation.


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