Your business is 90% learn to Ski?
That puts you right in there with 90% of instructors in the country!
You seem to be on a good track with your knowledge for level II performance. The important thing about level II knowledge/performance is understanding & being able to express (and teach to) skill development through Open Parallel. The "technical knowledge" required for this would likely fill up less than one page of written material. Utilize your training resources to learn about being body-part, or movement-pattern specific:
1a. "I don't think the banking or inclination that is evident is a causal matter, I think it's more a result or symptom of a lack of tipping/extension.
2a. "The skier uses whole body angles for edging to make up for his lack activity and edging angles in the lower body."
If you take that statement and look back at the video you may change your mind about the banking thing or make it relevant to a certain part of the turn(s) See, banking isn't really very descriptive, and it might be hard to decide, when watching someone, whether they are doing it or not. With the second statement there is something to reference the validity of the statement against.
1b. "I thought your pole plants were well timed and it looked as though you had a quiet upper body."
2b. Pole use is well-timed and turning motions originate in the feet and legs, allowing a stable upper body.
1b is accurate, but 2b is more specific and shows an awareness of movement pattern recognition without being more complicated.
1c. "I did not see much evidence of tipping to initiate turns. I also didn't see a whole lot of extenision. Your legs get fairly folded up and it seems you are leveraging the front of your boots fairly hard. I would try to get you to work on tipping what becomes the inside leg to initiate and during the mid point or control phase of your turn and to extend your outside leg during a turn."
1c contains too much inter-related information. I would separate it out into a couple different statements. When I'm done we can look at them to see if any of the new statements are unnecessary or if they can be reprioritized in relation to cause-effect.
2c. "The knees and ankles do not actively create angles through turn initiation. This is because you are overflexed at the ankle. I would work on actively tipping the inside knee into the direction of the turn during initiation."
3c. "The legs are overflexed, especially at the ankle, which limits the use of flexion-extension movement patterns and the ability to utilize the lower legs for edging angles."
From reading these more specific statements we can see the overflexed position relates to both flexion/extension AND lower leg tipping/edging. This brings it to the fore in terms of cause, since trying to work on tipping the inside knee may or may not be successful due to the overflexed stance.
which brings us to:
1d "I would really try to get you to ski taller and to utilize smaller more subtle movements from the knees down."
this is confusing since you do not relate 'the smaller, more subtle' movements to a movement pattern. You have already asserted a lack of edging movements. But also metioned overflexion (which is a 'stance' or lack of movement rather than too much movement). It is confusing to suggest more subtle movements after identifying a lack of movements.
2d. "We will work on skiing taller after I check to see if I can adjust the boot cuffs to a more upright position. Then we will stimulate active edging movements from the knees down." (THE FLEXION-EXTENSION THING MAY TAKE CARE OF ITSELF WITH THIS APPROACH)
This post is getting to be too much. So lets see where we are.
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