|Originally posted by nolo:
I think Sally needs to find her chutzpah.
I think this really sums up a lot about skiing (or most any sport for that matter). Certainly all good teachers try to give their students confidence. This may not be any great revelation but unfortunately I think it is too often forgotten.
Ydnar's post in that same thread talked about going back to basics when he said "Give them an efficient movement pattern to work with and the "errors" will largely solve themselves and the "good" things they are doing will come to the forefront and fall into place in an overall more efficient movement pattern."
My own point of view is that once someone gets a feel for an effective movement they gain confidence (chutzpah). With confidence they can further commit to the effective movement pattern (not always easy when it involves sensations of falling downhill!). Once you get this cycle going you're on your way to expert skiing (or at least expert learning!).
That's why I think that sometimes movement analysis is taken too far. It's pretty easy to identify inefficient movement patterns. It's a very differnt thing to correct such flaws. Drills that try to focus on specific components of a movement are rarely successful in producing effective enough changes that someone gains substantial chutzpah (opinion). Like Ydnar implied, I think it is often more effective to rebuild movement paterns (the kinetic chain) starting with appropriate cues and "fundamental movements."
It's late so I'm not going to try to go any further on this but I would sure like to hear what others do to teach chutzpah.