Why we use vision, vestibular, and proprioceptive drills for better performance

Yesterday, we were teaching a movement workshop introducing some new ideas and concepts to martial artists.

Many of the drills I taught emphasized the idea that our brain will perform better when given external goals.

There is also a greater opportunity for learning.

We did a lot of integrated drills that provided visual, vestibular and proprioceptive challenges, forcing us to react and make quick decisions.

I gave the example that in most traditional exercise approaches we use the "give me 10 reps" method too much.

Your brain really doesn't understand why you are doing 10 voluntary reps when there isn't much to react to!

As we explored some different drills I saw the light bulb go off with many of the students.

Then one of them approached me with a big smile and said, "this makes so much sense to me! And it's so much more fun. I get it. I can run faster when I'm being chased!"

I laughed and said, "BRILLIANT!"

Mission accomplished.

 

About the Author:

Taylor Kruse, recently featured in Men's Health, is dedicated to empowering you with the truth and tools for improved health and performance.

His inspiration stems from more than 10 years of education and coaching through systems like Zhealth Performance, The Burdenko Method, and various movement practices.

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GETTING STARTED WITH BRAIN-BASED TRAINING:

Practice FIVE Neuro-Performance Drills

Learn why respiration, vision, vestibular, and complex movement integrations are essential tools for every coach!