Originally Posted by Arcmeister
Quote: “The wedge is a fundamental position that is used by all skiers, at every level, and should be refined by each student.”
Why would we want to "refine" something that reflects advancement only when it is discarded?
You shouldn't be so shocked by my statement Roger. Skiers employ the situational use of converging ski angles (wedge positions) on a daily basis,,,, you know that.
Any postion/technical skill that carries application within the totality of skiing should be explored and refine by developing students. Open minded thinkers would not find this such a far fetched concept.
That the wedge position provides such a confidence inspiring position for the introduction of a myriad of broadly based skills that will be used in every future aspect of skiing only adds to the appropriateness of pursueing mastery of it early in the learning cycle.
Once mastered it's not discarded, as you suggest. It's just put in our tool box to be pulled out later when needed. This is what we do with every micro skill we develop, Roger,,,,, we store it away, and keep it always within easy reach. Every skill is not utilized in every skiing situation. True efficiency is found in proper selection and implementation of the skills we possess to fulfull the intentions we conceive, and spontaneously negotiate the sudden situations we find ourselves in. Technical craftsmen who possess a vast assortment of tools in their box, and understand how to use them, can build magnificent works of art that are beautiful to behold.
|One of innovation’s primary functions is to frustrate the mindless tyranny of tradition. Let go, explore and grow.
Mindless tyranny of tradition?? Holly smokes Roger!
A reluctance to blindly latch onto every new philosophy to emerge in the world of ski instruction should hardly be attributed to mindlessness. For every new innovation that acts to change the status quo for evermore, there are countless others that prove through trial less effective than that which they're trying to replace.
My eyes are always open to new ideas, Roger, and I explore them with a wide open mind. Anyone who read my INSIDE LEG EXTENSION thread, or numerous other out of the box
theories I've offered here on Epicski will know this to be true. But exploration carries with it no obligation of agreement, and in this instance I do not.
|It is unfair to stifle any students desire to learn with one own refusal to do so. :
Or,,,,one might say:
It's unfair to limit the spectrum of a students learning in the name of innovation,,,, and through the instuctors selfish desire to be viewed as innovative.