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Intent and tehnique

post #1 of 12
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Intent dictates technique is one of our axioms here in the Epic Ski Universe. I just got to wondering if the phrase could be reversed and we could look at the technique that we equip our students with as forming what their intent is or to what extent equiping a student with a new technique will change their already formed intent?

Anyone want to play in this can o' worms?

post #2 of 12
Originally posted by ydnar:
Anyone want to play in this can o' worms?
Oh my! Since I am not about to face all you Epic -E types any time in the next millenium in a clinic situation, I will give this a shot.

Intent dictates technique is fine and good. This attitude facilitates efficiency.

However, in the technique-deficit individual, all the best intent is only intent not realized.

-Confuscius Joe
post #3 of 12
Good twist ydnar. Expanding ones technical foundations expands intent options.
post #4 of 12
ydnar, it seems to me that technique limits possible intent. In other words, limits in my technique will limit my options, and therefore what I can successful attempt to do. I may have an intent to "go there," but an inability to hold an edge, steer the skis, or something else may make that intent an unreachable goal.
post #5 of 12
I think the point of the motto is that having an intent sharpens one's technique. My coach used to say that if you don't care where you're going, any road will get you there, but if you have a specific destination in mind, then finding the best way to get there becomes rather important. You might say intent creates the focus of attention necessary to become aware of what's preventing you from and to learn whatever skills are going to assist in achieving your intent.

Intent=Goal Every sport has something the player aims at. What is it we aim for in skiing?
post #6 of 12
Originally posted by nolo:
Q: What is it we aim for in skiing?

Sorry, couldn't resist. Good thread. Haven't anything intelligent to say right now; nothing left to do but [img]tongue.gif[/img] [img]tongue.gif[/img] [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #7 of 12
Hey, L2T, since most of us are involved in skiing for the fun it gives us, your smiley is an appropriate answer.

All too often we "work" on stuff in skiing rather than just enjoying being outdoors in the sunshine and sliding.

As for Ydnar's question, I think having technique options definitely will let the skier have a wider range of intents. Experience using those options will further alter intents.
post #8 of 12
Maybe I should have phrased that, What do YOU aim for in skiing? I'm sure the answer differs from person to person.

I always aim for the good snow.
post #9 of 12
'aim for good snow', yes absolutely, so why do so many Epicurians rate rock hard boilerplate as their favourite terrain?

Intent dictating technique and viceversa...isn't there a shade of chicken and egg here, afterall if we had we 7 fingers on each hand wouldn't the piano repertoire be different?
post #10 of 12
The martial arts provide a good example of technique changing intent. How many have seen the brash young person transformed into a gentler mature adult through the influence of martial arts? How funny is that in skiing we often seek the opposite?
post #11 of 12
Originally posted by nolo:
My coach used to say that if you don't care where you're going, any road will get you there,
SOOooo.... Nolo!!
It would seem you have reveiled clues to your mysterious past! Could it be that it was twas you, as Alice, who asked the Cheshire Cat "But.. which path should I take??". To which the Grinning Philosophical Floating Feline replied "If you don't know where you are going, any path will do..." [img]tongue.gif[/img]

But I think a key to the evolving the intent dictating technique concept is in developing a greater awareness of how you do whatever you do.

A quote I use often is from Moshe Feldenkrais, who said: "If you don't know what you are doing, you can't do what you want". One of my favorite books of his is: Awareness Through Movement

Awareness is one of the cornerstones of learning, and as applied to skiing so is movement. I enjoy playing with every series of turns as and ongoing try it, fix it process of evolution.

But you got to try it before you can fix it.

So pick an intent, try it, pay attention, and fix it. If students commit to this as an ongoing process based upon awareness of cause and effect, they will be able to make better use of their instructor's guidance to know where they are going and keep the learning alive (on whatever path they have choosen)
post #12 of 12
Arcmeister, Feldenkrais's spin on the Cheshire Cat is perfect. I'm going to cut and paste that for next season.
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