So here is is an idea that may only be understood by bear shifu's and above. But I will try to explain. Watch the video below for some background.
When a shifu is working on a beast (usually tiger). All techniques become that beast. This is not taught. It's just something that happens. It is not considered a good thing but it is considered a part of the process so instructors overlook it for awhile. Eventually it will have to be brought back. To not do so is extremely detrimental and may actually create a dead end in the shifu's training. I've seen many go down that dead end never to get out.
When that shifu goes to learn the next beast (usually mongoose) because at that point everything will be bear. Every time they try to do a new mongoose motion they will revert to tiger. They are a tiger Shifu.
This is because they have formed very strong neural pathways. Tiger neural pathways. They have mastered these motions. And mastery means they are at a level of unconscious competence. (This article will help you understand the levels of competence
When a person reaches unconscious competence remember it is what is described, it is unconscious. This is what we are seeing in the bike video.
However, beyond second degree a shifu must overcome this. They must create a new neural pathway. They do not overwrite the original like what is seen in the bike video. They create a completely new one. Yet while they do it they have this very strong neural pathway working against them. They have created that neural pathway and the harder they have trained the more it will fight them. But fight it they must. Doing this is an example of extreme mental exercise. Many give up at this point and become "happy" with where they are. (Side note: We should always be happy with where we are yet at the same time strive hard for the next level, just sayin).
This next level is not only the level of learning the mongoose. Which is extremely difficult. It is also the level of separation of beasts. Which might be even more difficult.
In Shou' Shu' this is required to move to the mongoose level.
This video got me thinking. Using the ideas above the bicycle rider should be able to have two neural networks. One for each way of riding the bike. He should be able to "switch" networks at will.
Granted that would likely be a great deal of training to prove this true (or would it?)
What do you think?