Originally Posted by Arcmeister
So I'd invite anyone who desires to express a (knowledgable) opinion about PMTS, or any system to actually go and learn about what it is, before extolling opinions on what it is not. Take a PMTS lesson, or clinic. What's the worst case scenario? You learn something that breaks an old belief system, or improves your skiing, or expands your options for helping your students learn?
For me, the worst case scenario was spending time, money and effort to find out that the product offered was nothing more than repackaged stuff I already knew
that the money I spent would go towards supporting continued bashing of an organization that I am proud member of and continued bashing of my own professional work.
When I was first introduced to PMTS, all I saw was hype and insults hurled toward "traditional instruction". When I saw HH's online discussions where he responded to criticism of his methods with "you don't understand what I'm saying, buy my book", I asked myself if he can't communicate effectively online, what makes me think he can communicate any better via a book? When I had seen enough "real meat" behind PMTS to see that it did have something to offer and I saw that HH was toning down the rhetoric, I ordered a book. I've read the book and decided there was enough to order the video. Maybe after that, I'll sign up for a clinic. But the thought of paying $1000+ (total expenses) and spending a week listening to some guy tell us how great he is and how much we suck until we do exactly what he tells us to do was my idea of a worst case scenario.
I don't believe that to be the case, but I'm still using the proverbial 10 foot pole to touch this stuff. I'm encouraged to discover that the "Secret Potion" (my quotes) Phantom Move is something that I've taught for years. I was absolutely floored by the amount of "wedge progression" stuff in HH's book (hmm kind of conflicts a little with the 'wedge ruins skiers' rhetoric?). I'm encouraged that the one person I know who has completed PMTS certification continues to get a few request privates every year specifically because of the certification. I'm a little discouraged that this person tells me that the "PMTS lessons" are not very different because "it's all just skiing".
If you are a person who demands some expectation of value before spending time and money on a product or service, I encourage you to use free sources of information about what PMTS is before signing up for a clinic. Because HH has incorporated "tease" into his marketing strategy (which is a red flag to me), it's not easy to see all of the details of what his products and services offer. This has lead some people to simply respond to rhetoric with rhetoric. But he's published enough on his web sites and there has been enough "meaty" contributions on Epic to get a decent glimpse of what PMTS is about. You just have to wade through a lot of crap. Hmmm, maybe if you have more money than time, just taking a clinic is worthwhile?