The Scientific Method: The Step-By-Step Guide On How To Apply The Fundamentals of Science To Improving Your Breaking

 

Blind.

That’s the exact word I would use if anyone were to ask me how bboys and bgirls practice

And it’s the truth.

Most of the bboys I know train blindly.

They come to practice without a plan. Without any goals to achieve. Without any metric to ensure that their practice would be successful.

All they do is to throw down a few moves, chat with friends, use their phones, text and then hope that practice was productive.

More often than not, we see this type of behaviour occurring when we are trying to master a new move.

We get stuck in the “Just Do It!” mode. We think that the solution to mastering our moves is doing more of what we’re doing.

Look:

The slogan Nike uses is not wrong. If you’re having trouble pushing yourself, or you’re having issues getting over your fear, Just Do It! is a great life motto.

just do it bboy

But…

If you’re trying to master a new move, or a new skill, just doing it is merely STEP ONE.

Step Two and more is doing this — training smart.

Training smart doesn’t mean praying to God, or relying on the right fengshui to hit so that you can stick that move.

Or you could pray to Fiverr Jesus

Training smart means observing and analyzing what went wrong, and how you can do better the next time round. Training smart means learning and knowing the right moves and sequences to learn to get the move in the most efficient manner.

In short, training smart means you do things within your control and ignore all else outside your control.

But how do you do that?

How can you observe and analyze what went wrong — and then make the necessary corrections?

It is possible.

By utilizing the method I am about to share with you today, you’ll be able to improve by leaps and bounds….. If you stick to the formula.

What is it?

It’s the Scientific Method.

 

What Is The Scientific Method?

Have you ever done a lab experiment before?

If you have, you might have been exposed to what is known as the scientific method.

The scientific method is the foundation of science. It is the method used by science to investigate the world’s phenomena, acquire new knowledge or correcting previously known knowledge.

In your lab experiment, before you were allowed to mix the two volatile chemicals together like Walter White, you might have needed (or been told) to create a hypothesis for the experiment.

(Heck, even Walter White made students write hypotheses. He’s a high school chemistry teacher.)

walter white

That is:

You needed to create a potential scenario that might occur based on what you already knew beforehand.

Only then were you allowed to go ahead with the experiment.

So what exactly are the steps in the scientific method?

They are:

  1. Ask a question
  2. Do background research
  3. Construct a hypothesis
  4. Test with an experiment
  5. Analyze data and draw conclusions
  6. Communicate results.

Let’s take a look at each step of the scientific method (plus, I’ll show you to apply that to your own practice.)

1. Ask A Question

The first step of the scientific method is to ask a question. After all, science was developed to answer questions, or to find out the answer to questions. And before you can find the answer, you need questions.

And as motivational guru Tony Robbins puts it:

“The quality of our questions determine the quality of our lives.”

You’ll have to ask good questions before you can find the right answer. The questions can come from anywhere — what you’ve observed, what you’ve read, what you’ve heard people say, anywhere.

And most of the times, scientists will ask questions based on their field of research, ranging from physics to psychology, from history to geography.

How Do We Apply This To Our Practice?

Imagine that you’re trying to learn windmills. You’re curious and intrigued. Questions are exploding in your mind.

What makes a dope bboy windmill different from an amateur windmill? How does one windmill look so different from another? How does one bboy make it look so dope…. Whereas another looks sloppy as hell? Why is one windmill faster than another? What’s the difference?

 

2. Do Background Research

The 2nd step of the scientific method is to do background research. Why? Because you don’t want to waste your effort doing something that is already known or given. You want to find something out because it’s new, or unknown.

Plus, scientists have been conducting research since hundreds of years ago, and you actually have a body of research to tap into to find out what experiments have been done, what results have been gathered, what mistakes have been made and what could be further explored.

Do background research to find out if your question has already been answered, or your question could actually be refined.

(Kinda like Googling before asking a stupid question ;-))

The only time you go to the 2nd page of Google is for background research.

How Do We Apply This To Our Practice?

Remember, instead of diving straight into doing the experiment and testing things out on your own, it’s better to do some prior research. Perhaps someone has already answered your question on why some windmills are doper than the rest. Maybe someone out there (on a YouTube video) has sat down and kindly explained why it is that way.

Maybe someone has created a windmill tutorial that demonstrated what amateurs are doing wrong — which explains why pro bboys have doper windmills (hint, hint).

(Do note that since bboying is not “scientific” in nature, none of the knowledge can be considered truly universal. So, take it with a pinch of salt and test it for yourself.)

Let’s take for the sake of this example that no prior research has been done. No kind bboy has taken the time out to explain why certain windmills are faster than the other.

So you’re back to the same old. But this time round, you want to find out some bboy windmills are faster than the others.

 

3. Construct A Hypothesis

This is the most important part of the experiment (besides actually doing it.) A hypothesis is an educated guess about how things will work. It is an attempt to answer your own question with an explanation that can be tested.

The best hypothesis allows you to make a prediction in this manner: “If X happens, then Y will happen.”

How Do We Apply This To Our Practice?

So far, you have found no research substantiating why some bboys can do faster windmills, and some can’t or aren’t.

However, you have observed through watching countless bboy videos that bboys who do faster windmills generate more momentum by keeping their legs locked in a V-shape.

Hmm… Interesting.

So, you write your hypothesis.

“I hypothesize that locking my legs in a V-shape will make my windmill faster.”

 

4. Test With An Experiment

This part is of course what we all know as the scientific method — conducting experiments. Experiments are conducted to validate and see if your prediction is accurate, and thus proving that your hypothesis is true.

Set up an experiment to collect data (which you’ll analyze later.) The most important thing about the experimental phase is making sure that it is a fair test, i.e there should not be any other reason to doubt your results besides the factor you’re testing for.

Your job is try to change one factor at a time and keep all the other conditions the same so that the experiment is fair.

How Do We Apply This To Our Practice?

Unlike many lab experiments, your experiment as a bboy would be done in a natural environment. This means that there could be many other factors (that you cannot isolate) that could be a potential factor in affecting your windmills.

However, do also note that, as a bboy, your job is to find out the best possible way to improve. You aren’t really publishing a real scientific paper in a journal titled “Bboy.

So, with that understanding, you design your experiment.

Perhaps you have to do your windmills 20X every session with your legs locked in a V-shape. Then you also have to do your windmills 20X every session without your legs locked. With that, you can begin recording down your results.

(Note that repetition also strengthens the result of an experiment. How can we conclude something doesn’t work if we only do it once?)

 

5. Analyze Data And Draw Conclusions

After you’re done with the scientific experiment, it is now your job to analyze the data collected to see if they support your hypothesis. More often than not, scientists find that the experiment produced insignificant results, i.e their hypotheses are not supported.

That is okay. That is still advancement of science.

Besides desiring to know what causes something, we are also interested in what does NOT cause something. This allows us to eliminate stuff and helps us zoom into the answer.

At this stage, even if the hypothesis was supported, scientists may also do what is known as replication experiments. This means that the same scientists (or other scientists) may conduct the experiment again to show that it is not a fluke but a generalizable result.

How Do We Apply This To Our Practice?

After recording your data over your own given time period, it’s time to analyze your own data. Remember, you’re a bboy, not a real scientist. You don’t really have to engage in complicated statistical analysis to find out if V-shaped legs work. You just have to compare and contrast the results between the 2 conditions and determine which is better.

 

6. Communicate Results

Science is about contributing to a greater body of knowledge. Whether successful or not, scientists will now communicate their results to the scientific world (and the world) by publishing their results in a journal and talking about them in a seminar or conference.

Then the entire cycle repeats again and again and again.

How Do We Apply This To Our Practice?

Is your hypothesis proven to be true? If so, great! You can choose to do a few things: 1) publish your results by way of a YouTube video or a blog post, or 2) just pass down the knowledge to your friends or the newbies you’re teaching.

Gaining knowledge for yourself is great — but passing down knowledge to everyone is awesome!

If your hypothesis failed, doesn’t matter! Now you know what not to do for windmills. Go back to the drawing board and ask more and better questions.Then repeat steps 1 – 5 again. And again. And again.

Like a real scientist 😉

 

What To Do Next

You now have the exact blueprint on how you can analyze your own training and make specific recommendations to improve.

Remember:

It is the process here that matters, not the *exact* details. Be as close as possible to running a real experiment, but don’t fret if there are certain confounds here and there.

We want to improve, and we’re not here to prove some law of physics.

And if you’re looking to learn how to structure your training session properly, then download our Training Habits Guide here (absolutely free!)

Tell me:

How are you going to implement this scientific process into your next practice?

 

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