Typing Lesson for Kyudo Learners (…What?!)
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As I started blogging, touch-typing (typing without looking at the keyboard and at the text you’re typing) became more important than it was before. So I am learning and practising, pursuing two essential aspects of it, if I want to be like a “pro”: accuracy and speed.
Now, if I couldn’t have both all of the time, I would favour accuracy when I’d
publish a blog post or I’d release an article in the newspaper, or else I would prefer speed if I’d take notes at a conference or webinar.
But… can I have them both, accuracy and speed, at the same time?
Hey, wait, what does this have to do with kyudo, anyway?!
It has everything, once that we answer this:
Can I acquire both, simultaneously? Should they be improved one at a time? Better working on parts and then on the whole, alternatively?
The answer is, when learning any kinetic skill, we should combine the two aspects, but the key to speed is accuracy.
Always strive for 100% accuracy, never concentrate on speed alone on the expense of accuracy. Speed will come eventually.
When it comes to kyudo, accuracy translates to the correctness of our movements and positions, while the speed would correspond to fluently connecting movements and positions in the desired succession.
We know, generally or more detailed, what we have to do and in what order.
Once that we know, in theory, what Ashibumi means, for example, or Torikake, or Hikiwake, we can work on doing them, watching ourselves while doing them, observing what doesn’t work and correcting that, on the spot or next time we’re doing it.
A little notice here. “On the spot” means here to anticipate, to prevent falling in the mistake. Still, if we’re already “in” the mistake, it is better to let everything flow as they do, keeping the issue in mind for the next trial. We only turn back if it is really bad (I mean really bad).
The best is to identify the most persistent problems and work on them separately, until they are “acceptable”. Anyone who ever tried learning to play an instrument find it normal to rehearse small chunks of music until the fingers play by themselves, than to integrate the parts into the whole.
This phase of working on details only until they are “acceptable” (“okay, let this be as is”) makes us to strive more and more for
walking through the whole Hassetsu.
It is this stage when, through practising, the details become more and more familiar to us and it becomes easier to watch and control more and more aspects of what we do, than everything coagulates and flows less jerky, with lesser conscious attention required.
Than it comes the smile :), than the serenity :|.
PS: It is completely different when we learn and work on mental/intellectual skills, such as learning a new language, or learning how to make money online.
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