Vygotsky influence?

Scott are any of your fighting theories influenced by the great Russian psychologist Vygotsky?


No, but he drew many parallels to training theories I currently espouse, such as the critical necessity of an closely-bonded training tribe - surrounding yourself by your betters, and constantly training for progress.

Vygotsky defined this as the "Zone of Proximal Development, "the distance between the actual developmental level as determined by independent problem solving and the level of potential development as determined through problem solving under the guidance or in collaboration with more capable peers."

The ZPD is the difference between what students can accomplish independently and what they can achieve in conjunction with other, more competent fighters.

A Coach's goal should be to lead athletes from their current level to their potential level. Coaches must be versed in various subjects and share their knowledge, but more importantly they also need to know how to cultivate within their athletes problem solving. It is critical to instruction that athletes transcend their current skill and knowledge levels. Coaches should craft a training environment that provides opportunities for resolving problems.

Aspects of his theories hold parallels to my pedagogical doctrine, others aspects do not.