He would practice his skills every single day.
Hulring and football are both forms of art, in a very similar way to the Martial Arts. Bruce Lee was know to be constantly practicing and refining his skills in the martial arts. Anywhere and everywhere were his practice grounds, as they should be yours when it comes to learning the Gaelic games.
He would respect his team mates and opponents.
Bruce Lee would treat his teammates and opponents alike with great respect, he would learn from them, and teach them as well. This spirit of humility and respect will lead to an environment where the skils of the game will grow to a whole new level.
He would undertake strength training on a regular basis
Bruce Lee was tooke his strength training seriously, and kept regular and detailed journals of his strength training. This was a key part in his preparation for the martical arts, and should be a ky part in your preparation to take the field. Its not just something you do in the pre-season, but all year round.
He would constantly be looking for ways to improve.
A philosophy of contant learning followed Bruce Lee everywhere. He would learn from everybody around him, no matter how expert or novice the person. Hurling and football arenot games that can be lsimply earned in the intial years of your playing days. Be open minded and aim to constantly learn and bring your skills and understanding of the game to the next level.
He would forget everything that he knows on game day.
Deep practice where you are lost in the intracacies of the skill at hand is a key part of developing your game. Bruce Lee performed deep practice al the time. However, he also knew that when going into a fight, it was crucial to forget everything he knew and be guided by his instinct. This means that he was in tune with the present moment as it happened, and no matter if it was going his way or not, his focus was always in the present. It also meant that he wasn’t relying on the slow and cumbersome thought processes that could go into thinking about a skill. He just let it happen naturally, as he had spent solong refining his skills.
He would play in any position from 1-15
Bruce Lee developed his method of martial arts and described it as ‘The Way of No Way’. This means that he was not limited to one technique or another, and was free to move in whatever way that the situation required. This gave him an unmatchable array of skills and potential. He said, ‘Be like water. When you piur water into a cup, the water becimes the cup’. A good footballer or hurler should be able to pplay in any position becuas etrhey can adapt their skills to match the situation. Train with this in mind and it will come true.
This Article is By Ainle Ó Cairealláin MSc CSCS
Ainle is Owner of ACLAÍ Health and Performance, and strength and conditioning coach for the Cork Senior Football team. In the past he has worked with Adelaide Crows Football Club in Australia, lectured in the University of Limerick PE and Sports Science Department, has contributed to the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and also works as a tutor with Strength and Conditioning Institute, Setanta College.
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