sellaphix asked: She Kicks Ask Day! Can you tell me about a time when you just couldn't get it, and then figured it out martial arts-wise? How did you get over the block?
This really should somehow have gotten to my budobabes blog but zanshinart being my primary blog it got here…..
At this point I don’t really have blocks per se because I’m working not on new forms but on refining understanding, going deeper.
What is a problem is that I have lost the ability to simply “do” forward rolls on the left side. I can WILL myself into a forward roll or breakfall on that side but it no longer happens automatically - so I cannot count on it “in the body” during training and revert to twisting into a back breakfall instead.
What has helped is reading a recent New Yorker article on “the yips” and similar issues affecting athletes and musicians. I always had a funny feeling my problem was not emotional/psychological but actual neurological, akin to my dad’s Parkinsons. Well, research now shows that indeed this kind of balking or loss of ability is indeed a form of dystonia - the nervous system is almost simultaneously firing “go” and “don’t go” signals.
This explains why I cannot simply “go” but sometimes if I take time and have no pressure I can sort of do a “manual override” on the “don’t go” signal and execute a roll.
But I am not in a position to move to a place where I can work with researchers on overcoming this. I just remind my training partners that if I take an unorthodox fall or roll it is not a reflection on their technique. :-)