Psychochink_ wrote:Um...while I don't necessarily disagree with a lot of your points, or for that matter your base assumptions in general, this is a really, really bad example. Speaking as somebody who both used to shoot a fair bit, and practices martial arts (and with a high IQ, which I hate saying because it always sounds douchey, but it's relevant to the point), I have to say that I don't see any particular crossover in skill sets whatsoever, even right down to the 'balance' argument.
I'll repeat myself here but my argument isn't that intelligence will make you any better in any of these practical skills but it will make you learn and understand them faster. I don't know what kind of example to bring forward for this -maybe I would need to write a book to prove that- but my life experience just shows how much more efficient in learning anything a smarter guy is. That doesn't have to do with how good he'll become at the end - another matter entirely.
Psychochink_ wrote:In fact, to play devils advocate here a bit, being too intelligent can in some ways inhibit learning hand-to-hand combat skills, due to the natural tendency of intelligent people to be quite analytical. I know when I learned to switch off my brain and stop 'overthinking' things a bit too much, I became much more effective. That kind of thing is all about instinct and muscle memory.
Well, you have a valid point there. I've read somewhwere that in some studies, people who were intelligent tended sometimes to be less witty (wit being described as the ability to react fast in situations that require some thinking) because of the time they needed to analyze the situation. Weird isn't it?
But that doens't prove me wrong: Now that you've understood how being over-analytical can inhibit your progress in learning martial arts (and you need some good intelligence for that), next time you try to learn something else (still practical) you'll know how to approach it better won't you? That's my point in how learning a particular skill can actually help you learn another, seeimingly unrelated. It's the set of deeper understanding and knowledge that we build over the years and makes us more efficient in almost anything.