Master Coach Discusses Knowledge and Skill Acquistion

A great philosopher and MMA coach John Danaher discusses training for knowledge and skill acquisition.

Repetition of technique has diminishing returns.

Danaher discusses the goal of having the goal in each training session of improving or acquiring skills and knowledge.

Drilling is a cooperative dance between two partners. The goal is to make each other look as good as possible and assist each other in gaining knowledge.

Sparring has the goal of resisting and making the partner look as bad as possible.

Judo begins with knowledge and then develops into skill.

Danaher insights seem applicable to many areas of education and learning.

SOURCES- Lex Fridman, John Danaher
Written by Brian Wang,

5 thoughts on “Master Coach Discusses Knowledge and Skill Acquistion”

  1. good for the person (generalist) vs good for society (specificist – i.e division of labor)???

  2. 'Longevity' genes/ therapies coming soon — so we can all be the polyglots, polymaths, renaissance persons, (or maybe just dilletante, s'ok) that this society so desparately needs.

  3. Interested in specialist vs generalist learning and the value of a preference/
    dominance to society. Didn't Heinlein once say that: "… A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze
    a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook …"

  4. Reasonably believe in the 10,000 hours of mastery and that self-learning, though liberating and allowing ultimate variety, is typically inferior to a coached and competitive-style of stress-induced integration of ideas and facts. It is shame that increased number of parents and others are advocating for a homework and test-free learning world — thinking perhaps that a quiet and friendly education system will imbue knowedge just as well as dedicated and intense study (stress, in small doses is essential!).
    An interesting subject — there is also, of course, concepts of learning-while-asleep, specialist vs generalist learning/ skill acquisition, counter-point learning – the idea of adding a language or instrument to foster a purely rationalist advantage through activating both hemispheres (a simplification) during acquisition. The joy of learning effectively – thoroughly understated in society these days.

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