<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Traditional ski instruction does not give skiers credit for the ability to learn balance. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
SCSA--I agreed with everything you said, right up to--but not including--that last statement! I guess you're defining "traditional ski instruction" as instruction that doesn't teach balance, but I don't know where you're getting this information. And I know few, if any, instructors who fit this description. Some may not teach it WELL, but that's an individual thing--not the fault of "traditional ski instruction."
Actually, I DO know where you're getting your information--from someone who selfishly and deceitfully wants you to believe that only HHe and HHis system teaches balance. As you've never hesitated to point out, you have little personal experience with "other" instructors and systems. This is not your fault, and not a problem, but it disqualifies you from making statements like the one above. So stop making them! They're nothing but inflammatory. They are false and way over-generalized. They're offensive to virtually every dedicated instructor on this board. And they detract from your otherwise worthwhile posts!
For the record (why is this so often necessary?) PSIA has "officially" recognized BALANCE as the most important, most fundamental, most essential "skill" in all of skiing--the master skill, the mother of the other skills (rotary, edging, and pressure control). Since the PSIA "Skills Concept" (TM) was introduced over 20 years ago, a very simple diagram laid this important point out graphically and without any question or room for debate.
Here is the classic Skills Concept (TM) graphic, that every PSIA instructor has seen time after time. It is the foundation for everything PSIA teaches, including the Center Line (TM) model, the "3 Steps to Success" (TM), and the new "Stepping Stones" (TM)concept. What do you suppose that big circle around everything else, labled "BALANCE," indicates?
And here are some quotes that support the graphic:"It should be...understood that balancing ability is the underlying prerequisite for any action taken on skis."
--Horst Abraham, in THE AMERICAN TEACHING METHOD PART II--PROGRESSION & SKI MECHANICS, 1977, PSIA, Denver, Colorado."The development of the sense of balance and improvement of the student's proficiency at balancing on a moving base while executing other movements to turn, go straight, and so on thus is really the fundamental aspect of teaching skiing."
--John Wagnon, ATM--INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING, 1983, PSIA, Denver, Colorado
I could continue quoting "traditional" resources on the importance of balance and teaching balancing virtually forever!
How it happened that HH failed to grasp this himself during his brief time with PSIA is a question that baffles me still. It goes right along with his misunderstanding of appropriate use of the wedge. But he should speak ONLY for himself. HE, himself, may not have recognized or taught balance at some point in his career, but that certainly should not imply that other instructors around him were similarly afflicted. And it CERTAINLY should not imply that any organization or "system" was at fault for those few instructors who may have failed to see this enormously bright light!
So SCSA, my friend--your technical understanding, and presumably your skiing, are improving every day. Your posts are increasingly informative and worth reading. I am not trying to pick a fight--it's the last thing I want to do. I'm only trying to set the record straight. You are at the point now where you can speak for YOURSELF, and provide value to the forum. Let Harald speak for HIMself--and defend his statements if he chooses. You're too good to remain in his shadow of misinformation forever!
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 09, 2002 11:58 AM: Message edited 2 times, by Bob Barnes/Colorado ]</font>