Darts: a game where participants compete with one another by throwing small arrow like devices at a target that is round and has numbers and sections and an inner bull with an outer bull and so on. Darts now refer to the standard game with a specific bristle board design and a set of rules. Rules that are general to the game and rules that govern games like, “501,” “301,” and “Cricket.”

Darts is a traditional pub game that was and is commonly played in the United Kingdom as well as other places in Europe and across the pond here in the America’s.

Wikipedia tells hits history in a terse form, i.e., “The dartboard may have its origins in the cross-section of a tree. An old name for a dartboard is "butt"; the word comes from the French word but, meaning "target". In particular, the Yorkshire and Manchester Log End boards differ from the standard board in that they have no treble, only double and bullseye, the Manchester board being of a smaller diameter, with a playing area of only 25 cm across with double and bull areas measuring just 4 mm. The London Fives board is another variation. This has only 12 equal segments numbered 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10 with the doubles and triples being a quarter of an inch wide.”

There have been a variety of darts created over the years but the most common today is the tungsten dart. There are electronic darts but for this blog and for my efforts in tossing darts I remain a steel dart fan and enthusiast. I am recommending a book for novice darters but only because it appealed to me and my studies and rest assured most of the dart books out there are outstanding. In short, find one if this one does not fit your needs and get it. I can tell you when I started to play over twenty years ago, before I laid down my darts in 96, I tossed darts for several years without knowing some very important and critical mechanics, etc., of the dart game. As I take up once again my steel darts I have found a fountain of information to help make the game both enjoyable and competitive. Enjoy, diddle for the middle and let the darts fly!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DART ARTS: Primal Conditioned Response

Dart Arts Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link)

What some refer incorrectly or inaccurately as “muscle control.” Primal conditioned response is a state of mind and body achieved through deliberate conscious repetitive practice and training.

Now, that being said, as long as each person fully and completely understands what they perceive and insinuate regarding the phrase, “Muscle Memory,” there is no reason to not use it. It is necessary and incumbent on sensei to make sure when using it in the dojo that the practitioners and student body do understand what it is when you say, “Developing muscle memory through deliberate conscious repetitive practice and training.” 

In truth, a lot of reality-based adrenal stress-conditioned practice and training is often best to encode our primal conditioned response systems so that when chaos of violence hits we can trigger the appropriate responses, etc., to achieve our goals, strategies and tactics. 

As one relatively unknown arthur stated, “It is not easy for some men to know they have done evil, for reasoning and honor are often clouded by pride.” - Jessica Entiedy

Set aside pride and allow our logical reasoning and honor to get-r-done. 

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