About DLS

The DLS was developed on the background of the experience of several decades as a high performance athlete in different sports (including national and vice junior European championship) as well as a coach and bio mechanical consultant of nationally and internationally performing athletes. Thereby, the guiding thought wore if we want to have extraordinary performance we need to train extraordinarily.

“If we want to have extraordinary performance we need to train extraordinarily!”

Wolfgang Immanuel Schöllhorn, DLS Founder

If we train according to textbooks which can be read by everyone, then we have to hope for better genetics in our athletes. Because the time limits for training during a day were reached already in the 80’s, and further progress was only believed to be achieved with additional doping, I was watching out for alternative approaches that were more oriented on qualitative changes than on quantitative ones. At the same time, own bio mechanical studies on martial art fighters in china provided evidence that it seemed to be possible to produce enormous relative forces without heavy weights work accompanied by increasing body weight that has to be carried.
Additional studies in physics and neurophysiology in combination with comprehensive studies in nonlinear dynamics and signal analysis provided first evidence and a coarse clue how to get access to this enormous knowledge in order to take advantage of the enormous potential of performance. After having developed methods in how to identify persons on the basis of 200 milliseconds of their sports or everyday movement and realizing that no identical movement repetition is possible, two fundamental tenets of classical training and learning philosophy began to fluctuate and became unstable. In consequence the deconstruction of these two classical paradigms about model-oriented training that is based on numerous repetitions accompanied by endless corrections was rethought and lead to the DLS.

Thomas Tuchel

Head Coach (Borussia Dortmund)
(in Léquipe) ..."Thomas Tuchel is more scientific than philosophical and draws his inspiration from the work of Professor Wolfgang Schöllhorn, who proved that the variety of exercises was necessary for athletes. He has put in place unusual exercises: playing a training match with an object in hand or juggling with tennis balls."

Francisco Seiru-Lo

Methodology Director (FC Barcelona)
(in Mais Futebol)... "What the current director of the methodology area of Barcelona put into practice in 2000 was theorized by Professor Wolfgang Schollhorn of the University of Mainz, Germany.Differential Learning breaks with the traditional idea in football and sport in general that repetition is the best method for developing the player."

Niko Kovac

Head Coach (Eintracht Frankfurt)
(in The Guardian)... "But by insisting on individual approaches to training, Kovac follows the school of thought that is gaining more and more support in football. It takes on board the idea of “differential training” developed by professor Wolfgang Schöllhorn of Mainz University, who has worked with Jürgen Klopp and the Mainz head coach, Thomas Tuchel."

Jürgen Klopp

Head Coach (Liverpool FC)
(in FOTBOLL) ..."Around Europe, many of Klopp's scientific efforts were also fascinated. He worked for a period near Dr. Wolfgang Schöllhorn at Mainz University. Schöllhorn's studies on training techniques and "differentiated learning" are rewritten and have been attended by both Barcelona and Klopp's successors in Mainz and Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel."

DLS relies rather on self organizing principles than on supervised feedback loops with external control. In the beginning a few international top athletes were trained quite successfully with the DLS before the theory was published. Meanwhile numerous published experiments in various individual and team sports, as well as a transfer to strength and endurance training verified the made predictions. Accordingly, the DLS does not only stabilize and strengthen individual characteristics, but also improves the ability of an athlete to be able to adapt to new situations faster and more adequately. In the meantime, successful applications in learning how to play music instruments or educating dentists verify the generality of the DLS for training and learning. Most recent studies on the brain effects that result from DLS even built a bridge to the effects of far east meditation.