Throughout my lifetime, I have had an interest in the martial arts. I have examined many disciplines and have trained diligently in a few. Before I heard about the concept neuroplasticity I had unknowingly been using repetitive movement to create new neural pathways and brain reorganization.
During the past 17 or so years I have been using drills in muay Thai kickboxing to train large muscle and motor skills in my hands, elbows, knees and kicks. For 8 years I trained at a martial art school that helped me to develop as a martial artist. Due to several meniscus tears in my right knee, I made the decision to stop training at the martial art school a little over 5 years ago. After rehabbing my knee for 8-9 months I was able to resume training, on my own; through different martial art discipline — using the principles of neuroplasticity.
To watch a video demonstration of the gains that I have made during 2015, you may click on this link: Brain Injury, Neuroplasticity, and Personal Gains August 2015
By doing so I have continued to engage small and large muscle groups, gross and fine motor skills, balance, body awareness, agility and coordination on both my dominant and nondominant sides of my body. Through engaging in endless repetitions, by mirroring drills and skills on both sides of my body; I have been able to create new neural pathways and brain reorganization. Over time I have subsequently been able to combine and polish these skills/skill sets in such a way that has enabled me to be able to accomplish things that I never dreamed possible. Because I have seen gains made through endless repetitions I want to encourage you — if you have not already — to begin to create a program for yourself that will help you to mirror skills on your dominant and nondominant sides of your body. And as I have found, by staying committed to your process; you will begin to create new neural pathways and brain reorganization. Through being and staying committed to your process, you will begin to see significant gains — over time — in your gross and fine motor skills, balance, body awareness, agility, poise, and coordination.
Through beginning and staying committed to your process — over time — you will accomplish what you never dreamed possible.
Below are links to short video presentations showing the progression of how the concept of neuroplasticity through repetitive mirrored movements has benefited my mind and body.
I began my process of using repetitive mirrored movements through different martial art disciplines in October of 1998.
In August 2013 a friend of mine made a video presentation of the progress that I made using the principle of neuroplasticity. Other friends have helped me to make video presentations of my progress in each year since 2013. Below are links to YouTube presentations of the progress made using repetitive mirrored movements. To watch the progress made using the principle of neuroplasticity over the past 5 years, click on the below links.
Below is a link to a powerpoint presentation that I created and am available to present at coming conferences
Below is a link to the slideshow presentation that I created surrounding the topic of neuroplasticity
Neuroplasticity, Small Successes, and Learning/Relearning Skills and Skill Sets Slideshow Presentation
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