Originally Posted by Max_501
I have a serious question for you. Do you feel that the skills concept has taught you the MA skills required to identify movement problems adequately?
Yes. 100%. In fact, I'd say it makes MA much, much easier. Why? Because all I have to do is look at what the skis are doing in three planes, and by finding the "deficient" plane, it helps me direct what I need to work on with my students.
And much to the chagrin of the hardcore PMTS folks here, I think Harald uses the skills concept everyday, and used it to develop PMTS. Here is his genus in the whole thing. Harald correctly identified that the strongest skill most skiers have is rotary movements. Most skiers correctly identify early on in their skiing careers that getting the skis to "the slow zone" will reduce. Therefore, most skiers are really good at getting their skis there. In fact, I'd say too good. With the advent of shaped skis 10 or more years ago, and the much reduced turning radii that they offered, Harald saw a way to tune out the much maligned rotary and get folks carving very quickly. If we tip the skis enough and don't rotate the feet, they'll "carve" almost every time. Since at that time, carving was considered an expert skill, Bing, bang boom, a teaching methodology is born and you are now an expert skier right off the bat.
But the same genus that got folks carving, also, as many of us have argued and many of us disagreed, limits our functionality. You are removing a plane of rotation from your skiing, at least in an active sense. I'm not willing to go there as I think the same outcomes can be achieved while leaving them in.