Originally Posted by jpski
I think what you are saying, John, is that skeletal alignment is important. If we start pointing things this way or that, it may be counter productive to the next rung on the ladder of learning. I guess if pointing the knee has benefits that the student can carry with them into the next stages of developement and beyond then it is valid. I think visualizing that the knee can "see" where it wants to go may not take it out of postural alignment....if that is coupled with boots, hands, shoulders, etc that can also "see" now maybe we are on to something...
would that begin to make a "good exercise"?
Yes, that is exactly what I am saying. If the skier is not aligned both physically, stacked bones, and mechanically, proper equipment, I believe we will only chase problems from one to the other with a “point the knee” or “move the hip. In truth skiing is rather simple if we align the skier but most students are not aligned and might I add instructors also.
If you believe pointing a knee or turning a hip is required to initiate the turn; then by all means teach your student to point their knee to start the turn, vulnerable or not. However, my preference would be, not to teach the student to point the knee at initiation since it is not part of a movement I want the student to use to initiate a turn most of the time; I am ruling out steeps in my mind now.
To understand my thinking you need to understand a little about my teaching. I am not big on exercise teaching per se’. I am more in favor of blending the whole student; each student is different, and working on experiential side of teaching. It is hard to explain but if you have ever worked with Junior Bono at Steamboat you will get my drift. This does not mean I do not use exercises, it means I don’t drill my students all day, I ski them all day; right, wrong, no just my approach. Yes, I had a bag of tricks I used with all my certifications because I had to.
As and after thought and maybe a new thread; when I took my certifications I did a lot of video taping of the skiers on our slopes to work on movement analysis. Back, back, and back again. Could this mean manufactures still need to re-visit the design of boots, skis, and bindings? Back-seat is talked about a lot it here. Can you imagine what could be accomplished if back was OK? Wild idea I know.