Episode 205: Shawn Myszka (aka - The Movement Miyagi) - All things skill acquisition and movement mastery

This episodes guest is with another brother from another mother of mine - Shawn Myszka - aka. The Movement Miygai!!

Shawn Myszka is the Pro Performance Director of Explosive Edge Athletics in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is entrusted with the personal consulting of countless NFL players who seek him out to take their performance to the limits of their potential. Shawn is a former National-level competitive bodybuilder who has become a sought-after clinician and leader in the field of sport-specific power development, the transfer of training to sport performance, and developing mastery in the movement of athletes at all levels of qualification.

At the beginning of 2014, Shawn introduced a new brand into the industry, Movement Mastery, which has the purpose of helping training professionals of all kinds to more fully understand the process involved in attaining more optimal movement for athletes in all sporting disciplines. He also runs a football-specific movement blog, Football Beyond the Stats (www.footballbeyondthestats.wordpress.com), in which he breaks down the movement patterns & mechanics of the top performers in the sport plus offers insight regarding training principles for football performance.

On this episode Shawn and I discuss:

  • I ask Shawn how does his put his theory into practice and I ask Shawn about return to performance?
  • Shawn talks about the need to present the learner with problems to solve 
  • I ask Shawn - how can we measure skill acquisition/ learning
  • I ask Shawn - how can athletes get enough practice at movement problem solving without increasing the mechanical load to a detrimental level 
  • We discuss the importance representative learning, and how emotional regulation is a huge factor in movement affordances
  • I ask Shawn for his thoughts on observational learning 
  • I ask Shawn to discuss the importance of intention 
  • I ask Shawn about the conscious vs subconscious learning in skill acquisition 
  • Shawn discusses self-organization systems, synchronization, and attunement within team sports
  • We discuss why exposing team players to different playing positions can be a great strategy to increasing skill acquisition and movement affordances 
  • I ask Shawn about his 2019 Sport Movement Skill Conference 
  • I ask Shawn what is he reading?
  • I ask Shawn how does his learn?
  • I ask Shawn who did he tip to win the Superbowl at the time we recorded this podcast 


This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - footballbeyondthestats.wordpress.com

Facebook - Shawn Myszka

Twitter - @MovementMiyagi 

Instagram - #movementmiyagi


Podcasts Mentioned:

OPEX Podcast: Episode 9 - Shawn Myszki

GAINcast Episode 67: Periodization Trends (with Dave Tenney)

Videos Mentioned:

#17: Barry Sanders | The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players (2010) | #FlashbackFridays

Kirk Cousins Free Agency Journey to the Vikings | NFL Life

Books Mentioned:


Dexterity and Its Development

Papers/Articles Mentioned:

Information, affordances, and the control of action in sport

People and Resources Mentioned:

Athletic Ability Assessment: a movement assessment protocol for athletes


Stu McMillan

Dan Pfaff

James Gibson’s – Ecological Model

Karl Newell’s – Constraint Led Approach (task, environment, and organism)

Professor Keith Davids 

Nikolai Bernstein 

James Smith

Alan Watts

Barry Sanders

Rich Masters

Tony Dungy

Isaac Newton

Fergus Connolly 

Richard Shuttleworth 

Bruce Lee

Aaron Donald

Kirk Cousins

Adam Thielen

Ed Coughlan


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