Originally Posted by BigE
No I am not. You've misunderstood the movement pattern I suggested.
There is nothing comforting about a release that is so very clean and complete that your CM travels *freely* down the hill.
Key on that word *freely* -- think float or free-fall if it helps you.
You do NOT have to think aggressively to do this.
I'm sure that all students are aware that they may fall when they are skiing. They certainly don't need to have their faces rubbed in it, or told they aren't learning 'cuz they aren't falling. That's absurd.
Just say no to skiing boot camps.
I agree completley with your free fall comment. couldn't have said it better myself. so how do you get to the point where you let yourself go?
I never said they are not learning if they don't fall!
But with that said, a new skill is always a hit & miss proposition & unless you jare ridiculously talented or, just nail it the 1st and everytime after trying you are bound to experience some trial and error.
So, yeah ya let go a little bit and try to free fall and get a little bit of the feeling and fall on your head, but you go back and try to duplicate the part of it that worked, you try again and maybe get a 20% increase in the feeling of the new move before falling on your ass. And you keep at it untill you weed out the bad part and distill it down to what worked until you have the confidence to pull it off everytime.
In music, we call this woodshedding. it is called correct practice makes perfect..
Isn't this the basic premise of improving your skills in any discipline. No one said to rub anyone's face in anything. it is easy to be positive about the good parts of the new skill and reinforce that.
Good job, Joe, you know what you did at the very beginning of that move. That was it,. that was great do more of that!!!!!
You also know tthat to break into a new comfort zone on skis you must exaggarate any move. I say do it twice as much or as farr as you think you should and you will still only be 1/2 way to where you need to be!
Sorry for being so long winded i just had 2 shots of espresso!