The Fallacy of Training Machines
This thread is dedicated to debunking the uber bullshit surrounding training machines and/or devices associated with MA.
Some of the more commonly encountered training devices are the heavy bag, the speed bag, the double ended ball and the totally retarded wooden dummy, in all its various forms, largely associated with Wing Chun and Choy Li Fut.
Definition of Terms:
Training = Protocols or regimens designed to address the "raw elements" of the Human Condition, e.g., Cardio-Vascular work, functional strength work (weight training), etc.
Practice = Skill Set specific work, e.g., refining and smoothing out the foot - hand - eye coordination associated with entering or withdrawing and either striking, grappling, or covering.
As a general rule, practice and training should be kept separate with the addition that practice should mostly be engaged in when physically and mentally fresh. As practice is, according to the definition above, directly involved in the honing of specific skills, weapons or tools, practicing only when fresh insures that the neurological pathways (body knowledge) associated with a specific skill will be the most advantageous when fully grooved.
Perfect practice makes perfect ... practice in of itself just makes sweat.
Mindlessly engaging in rote physical activity will not produce the desired outcome.
A couple of guiding tenets will be repeatedly cited to in this thread and the readers should be at least somewhat familiar with them in order to make sense of future material.
S.A. I.D. = Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand(s). This means that in response to, or exposure to, a stimulus, be it resistance weight work, or interval sprint training, etc., the Human Condition will undergo a "specific" adaptation and said adaptation is unique to both the stimulus and the individual.
Repeatedly engaging in swimming will not result in improving your running ability. Playing a lot of Badminton will not improve your Tennis game.
However, there is a fair amount of generalized "truisms" associated with any given stimulus. By way of example, repeated bouts of sprint interval work will "generally" produce adaptive responses that fall within certain parameters. It is the degree of adaptation that is highly individualistic.
The Specificity Principle: Best defined as "Close is often times not close enough." Approximations of the target activity tend to have very little transference to the target activity proper.
The above has been repeatedly demonstrated by the training - practice protocols utilized during the mid to late 1960s US Olympic Teams as well as a number of Professional Sports Teams, most notably Professional Basketball.
There is an interesting phenomena associated with approximations, typically in MA referred to as "drills" and when presented it will run counter-intuitive. However, the "truth" regarding drills is in fact the truth. Namely, drills tend to be far more counter-productive than assistive in nature. I'll provide the rationale for this being the case at some future point in time.
The majority of what I present in this thread will slaughter a **** load of "Sacred Cows" and I'll state from the get go that I'm not attempting to convert anyone or convince anyone of anything.
I suggest the readers consider what is presented with a reasonably open Mind as it is understood from the start that people will ultimately do as they so desire. Run down blind alleys and smash your skull into the brick wall at the end if you choose ... it is, after all, your life.