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A Simple Concept That Will Help You Learn Skills Quicker

Updated on September 30, 2014
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In any skill set, there are common elements that form links between its individual components. So it’s possible to master one thing, and then apply that knowledge to other areas.

In this article, I will give you examples of how to apply that simple concept to the learning of skills. It will help you learn quicker and more efficiently.

Universal Application

If you look at any skill in the world, you will be able to find some commonalities within the skill set and also between skill sets. It may be a movement, it may be a concept, or it can be anything.

The thing is that there are links, and those links can be used as a bridge to enhance learning. It can work by speeding up the process or just by making it more dynamic and interesting.

For example, for the last few months I’ve been trying to teach myself Portuguese. I ran through Rosetta Stone, and it seemed like I hit a wall. My motivation stalled a little after that point.

Then I chanced upon a video that highlighted specific Portuguese terms for BJJ positions, and it re-lit the fire. I’ve thought about it, and I firmly believe that it was because I was then able to directly associate the acquisition of a new skill with knowledge that I already had.

Ultimately, it boils down to focusing on things that you truly enjoy and then using that knowledge to learn quicker in other areas through association.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Perspective

In BJJ, there is a culture of continuous innovation, and as a result there are countless numbers of techniques and variations of techniques. To learn it all is an extremely daunting task, no doubt, but that doesn’t mean that it is impossible to reach a high level of mastery.

Here we have skill set with many individual parts, but there are common elements. I tend to split those elements into two categories. In the first are the concepts, which are the theories about why techniques work. For example, the concept of applying a blood choke is that you must block the blood flow through the carotid arteries.

Now the concept can be applied in a whole host of ways, but the end result has to be same in order to effectively apply the choke.

In the second category are the movements, which are the methods of making techniques work. For example, to apply a cross choke, the greatest pressure comes not from flaring out my elbows and pulling with just my arms but by keeping elbows tight to my side and doing a lat pull.

It’s a specific movement that can also be applied to diverse situations. So by focusing on specific concepts and movements, groups of techniques can be mastered.

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    • KBEvolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Brown 

      6 years ago from United States

      The concept is actually quite old. It's one of the many that I picked up as a result of reading the Book of Five Rings. Then I've applied it and seen the results.

    • Mala Srivastava profile image

      Mala Srivastava 

      6 years ago from India

      Good work KBEvolve. This hub offers a new way of looking at things.

    • KBEvolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Brown 

      7 years ago from United States

      HikeGuy - Thanks. It is a good concept. It's all about applying knowledge to diverse situations.

      Admiral_Joraxx - I used BJJ just to explain the concept because that is where I apply it the most. It is universal in its application though.

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      Admiral_Joraxx 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Great thoughts here, BJJ then is a great art and it teaches concepts about our body and movement techniques that are widely applicable to many other areas of our life. 1 vote up and useful for this KBEvolve.

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      Bryce 

      7 years ago from Northern California Coast

      True. I enjoyed how you connected tactics for physical skills with mental skills. The discipline of one practice becomes the foundation for other skills. Good use of the specific example of learning a language.

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