The Secret Bonus of Games

In “CLA is Not Games“, Stephen Cheney outlined the key differences between the Constraints-Led Approach (a methodology for teaching motor skills) and games (a type of training exercise). This is an important difference to remember when you’re thinking about moving your training over to this methodology.

One key advantage of using games as your primary training exercise to implement CLA which he didn’t touch on is their efficiency. In a coached exercise, one participant is learning from the other. In a game, both participants are learning from each other simultaneously.

Even if the game is arguably less efficient “per rep” than a coached exercise would be, the fact that both players can use the game to directly learn still often means it’s more efficient training across the class, because you’re effectively giving your students twice as many reps.