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ML48: Ben Medder on Learning Physical Skills, the Art of Teaching and the Magic of Movement

Learn the core principles needed to move better and pick up new physical skills, the parallels between parenting and teaching and the crucial and neglected role of movement in education.
Nasos Papadopoulos

Ben Medder is a movement coach who has trained in martial arts, athletics and parkour. He’s taken inspiration from the likes of Ido Portal, best known for his work with MMA fighter Connor McGregor, and the Fighting Monkey and Evolve Move Play Methods.

Many people don't identify as being athletic but physical skills can be learned like anything else. While you're not going to become the next Usain Bolt by doing a few sprint sessions, it's easier than most people think to get good at a sport.

As someone who has learned and taught a wide range of physical skills as a coach, Ben is perfectly placed to give advice on the most important elements of picking up new sports or physical practices.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:

- Ben’s advice to people looking how to move better and pick up a physical skill
- The parallels between parenting and teaching in different contexts
- The role of movement and sports in the educational system

So whether you're looking to learn karate or kayaking, football or fencing, this episode has you covered with practical strategies you can apply straight away.

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Podcasts

🎙 ML40: How To Learn a New Skill

🎙 ML8: How To Develop Powerful Learning Habits

🎙 ML5: Alexis Panayiotou on Learning by Doing,  Teaching in the Military and How To Change Your Behaviour

Articles

📄 How To Redefine Learning for the 21st Century

📄 The Highs and Lows of Being a Jack of All Trades

📄 The Generation Game: Make Mistakes to Learn More

Selected Resources

📖 Beautiful Practice - Frank Forencich

▶️ The Real Reason for Brains - Daniel Wolpert

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