mouse1 doesn't really exist yet, but you can help me to create it if you find the idea interesting. Everything here is a work in progress.

If you are interested, join the discord server! It's linked to in the navbar above.

What is mouse1?

A small community of people — currently just a handful — who enjoy aim training for its own sake.

We focus on long-term improvement, sometimes at the expense of short-term performance. This means prioritizing movement quality over scores, and health over movement quality.

We understand that high performance is an emergent side-effect of good practice, and not necessarily the goal of any given session.

We are passionate and thoughtful about how we train.

What's in it for you?

A lot, depending on what you're into!

We provide a place to ask experienced and skilled players how they approach their training, and the possibility of open and thoughtful conversations emerging as a result.

You can connect with likeminded people who enjoy aim training for its own sake, and get exposed to new ideas.

If helping people is your thing, then that's also super welcome!

Why not just join one of the other communities?

The big communities have a lot to offer, but there's also a lot I find unattractive.

They tend to attract low quality questions, which can't really have high quality answers. These questions invite short, sometimes dismissive responses. Often responses come from people with no understanding of what they're talking about.

It's hard to have a good discussion without being interrupted in a community of any real size. This makes it hard for new people to learn.

The most active and vocal players in existing communities tend to focus on high scores and benchmarks. It's understandable and not inherently a bad thing, but I think there are much more useful things to focus on. In such a community, it's harder to be open about where you're at on average — even more so when the community is large.

These are all issues I don't think can be avoided in the long term in a large community without very strict moderation, which is something I'm not into.

Beside the above reasons, I have another couple of projects planned which would synergize with this. Having them all in one place would just make sense.

What's not on offer?

There are a few things I specifically plan not to offer.

I don't plan to offer benchmarks.

I don't plan to provide a place to ask for The Quick Fix for common issues, or a substitute for common sense. Similarly, I don't plan to provide a place to ask questions that Google could answer in 20 seconds, or to answer those questions with advice blindly parrotted from other players.

I don't plan to provide a platform for people to promote content unrelated to the goal of this community — which is actually useful educational resources and discussions.

Again, if interested, jump into the discord server linked at the top of this page. I'd love to see you there!

I'll leave you with a quote from a book about meditation, which I believe (with the obvious adjustments) is relevant to building any skill:

At every Stage, all ‘you’ really do is patiently and persistently hold intentions to respond in specific ways to whatever happens during your meditation. Holding this intention, together with returning our attention to the breath over and over whenever we get distracted, informs the unconscious weighing process that keeping the focus on the breath is important. Repeating simple tasks with a clear intention can reprogram unconscious mental processes. This can completely transform who you are as a person.

― Culadasa (John Yates), The Mind Illuminated