Let’s briefly remind ourselves of what we went over last time.
When snowboarding, we are going sideways. However people walk straight.
This causes your upper body to slight face forward while you’re snowboarding.
And it is the cause of not being able to initiate a toe side turn.
First, let’s understand the mechanism for initiating turns.
(You have 2 ways of changing your direction while snowboarding.)
- Horizontal Rotation
Simply put, a spin, where you switch the position of the nose and tail of your board.
- Changing your edge
For example, changing your edge from the right side to the left.
Combining these 2 movements will initiate a turn.
So now let’s think about why you can’t initiate a toe side turn while your torso is facing forwards.
So this time let’s think about why you can’t initiate a toe side turn when switching from edge to edge!
The sides of snowboards are rounded, thus allowing you to make nice round turns when you make an edge angle.
For example, Racers and people who like carving turns focus on making a more edge angle instead of rotating the board horizontally.
The more of an edge angle you make the more you’ll be able to efficiently use these rounded sides, and as you improve you’ll be able to make an edge angle quicker and stronger.
But, if you can’t make the edge angle well enough then you can’t really initiate a good turn.
In short, if you’re an intermediate rider that is struggling in initiating a toe side turn then that means you aren’t making your edge angle well enough.
Why can’t you make an edge angle to start a toe side turn?
Because you’re scared of leaning downhill with your chest?
That’s one of the many entirely plausible reasons.
But this time I’d like to tackle it from a more technical standpoint.
Tilting the board as you change the edge from heel side to toe side without rotating the snowboard horizontally is basically moving your center of gravity from heel side to toe side.
Initiating turns by moving your weight from one side to other side needs special actions.
However intermediate riders tend to keep their bent posture on heel side turns when initiating a toe side turn, meaning they move their head over the board to the opposite side first and their center of gravity (the hips) follow after.
This is unstable and will cause you to have bad balance, and because moving your head first will cause the rest of your body, and your board, to take a while to catch up, making an edge angle won’t start as soon as you’d expect it to.
Doing this on a steep slope will scare you more and it makes everything even more difficult.
So then, how do advanced riders move their center of gravity?
By actually using the lower half of their body!
Advanced riders want to make their edge angle stronger and quicker, so they use the parts of their bodies that are close to the board itself which allow the board react quickly.
In other words, they start moving from…
Now let me explain what movements come from using these two options.
Whether you use your toes or knees, you can use either front leg or back leg.
Remember, you don’t want to move your both feet at the same time.
First try pushing your right or left toes down, the board will react to your movement.
Try putting your board down on flat ground and try lifting your right toe up and pushing your left toe down, and then switch them.
Can you see the torsion your board?
When you push down with your right toe you should feel your right knee moving to the toe edge, and you should also feel your right hip move to the toe edge as well.
And if your right hip move, right shoulder will follow.
If you do this, your right side knee, hip, and shoulder will all move to the toe edge side.
And then your left knee, hip, and shoulder will also naturally follow to the right side and move over to the toe edge.
Now your head doesn’t have to move as much, giving you more stable balance.
And thanks to moving the left side (or right side) of your body first, shifting your center of gravity from one edge to the other edge goes much more smoothly than moving both the right and left side of your body at same time.
Try pulling your back elbow behind at same time you move your one side of your body on the toe edge.
It will help pushing down the toe edge with your front toe.
Like racers whose binding (toes) are facing more in the direction they’re facing, their back knee is already at the toe edge so they can start the turn with the toes and knee of their back leg.
Although this can be quite difficult for intermediate riders, so I personally wouldn’t recommend it.
People using a free style set up have their binding sideways, or they’re facing sideways, so before entering a turn they should make an edge angle with the nose of their boards.
In other words, use the toe or knee of your front foot to make a toe side edge angle and to start toe side turns.
If your body is facing forward however, you can’t push down the toe of your front foot, and that won’t allow your knees to move to the toe side edge.
This happens is because when you’re facing forward, your front shoulder and hip are at the heel side edge so your front knee is pulled back to heel side.
It’s why you can’t put any of your weight down on the toe of your front foot.
Okay, so now let’s pull all our knowledge of how to initiate a toe side turn together!
Do the above before making an edge angle, and before changing edges.
They won’t work if the edge has already changed. So please don’t forget that it should be used as a switch to start your toe side turns!
This is showing that if the arousal level is at about the middle, people can perform better or best.
The optimal arousal level increases a person’s concentration, so focus deeply on one thing at a time.
When the brain is in an optimal arousal level, it stops working on unnecessary tasks while continuing to work on limited tasks.
This is the state of concentration.
When you are having fun doing something, like when kids are playing and they forget about dinner time, you are in that state of deep concentration.
Therefore, your brain is working only for FUN stuff and doesn’t listen or see anything around you.
Of course, muscles are relaxed so unnecessary functions are turned off, but limited parts of muscles are working properly.
This is why FUN environments increase or bring out one's best performance.
Old famous athletes have always said to "Have fun" to bring out people's best.
Snowboarding is getting more competitive these days, but the roots of snowboarding are coming from Skateboarding and Surfing which are mostly just for fun.
So I think this method of increasing your performance is preferable for most general snowboarders.
But to make your snowboarding fun, you should know your optimal arousal level.
If you try too hard to make it fun and end up becoming hyper, you won’t be able to control your performance because your arousal level will be too high.
Now let's talk about why COMPETITIVE environments bring out one's best performance.
It's obviously because top athletes are always leading and bringing out their limits.
But what is happening in their mind and body?
Actually, I can't perform my best in this way.
I have experienced so many failures within this type of environment in the past.
What was happening in my mind and body was that my mind would panic and my muscles would stiffen before the start of a riding contest.
I was obviously in a state of high arousal where my performance levels would decrease too.
So my brain was visualizing that I would fail.
Then, I didn't believe I was performing my best and surviving in this environment.
With these negative emotions, my brain couldn’t just focus on one thing it and increased its focus of unnecessary tasks.
My son is not a snowboarder, but he plays soccer.
He performs very well sometimes, but also performs not so well other times.
It’s because he can't be competitive due to his personality, but he likes playing in a fun environment.
I'm taking videos every time they play a game and I analyzing their performance after the game.
-Yes, I'm a typical dad that has a lot of fun with my son, and it's my nature to analyze performances as a coach.-
When he’s performing well, he is moving very fast, but when he isn’t performing so well his moves are slowed down.
There is obviously a competitive environment when a game is being played.
So just like me, if he feels like he will have conflict with others, his arousal level will drop causing his performance to slow down.
But when the team is winning, he is so happy to play and his arousal level will increase, causing his performance to improve.
Let's bring it back in snowboarding.
Riders who survive in COMPETITIVE environments are only focusing on performing their best or winning.
They might visualize negative pictures, but they also visualize positive pictures more often than they do negative ones.
So they are seeing in their mind how they will succeed rather than how they will fail.
Then, they can believe in themselves and concentrate on only one thing which stops their brain from working on unnecessary tasks.
So, their brain and bodies will be somewhere between relaxed and tense, and arousal levels will be kept at the best level for their performance.
The Human brain has been developing throughout history.
Our ancestors were more like animals.
Animals have very limited brain functions for surviving in the law of the jungle.
But humans have developed a new brain around this old brain to provide other ways to survive.
So, we still have this old brain deep inside of our brain.
When we are in tough environments where we have to survive, this old brain function will be strongly activated and other unnecessary functions will be limited.
So our brain will be in the best state of concentration for one thing, as well as our bodies.
This is one of the hypotheses for why top athletes such as Shaun White perform at their best consistently.
Competitive environments are not realistic environments for general snowboarders to improve their snowboarding.
But if you have a rival amongst your snowboarding friends, you can be in a Competitive environment.
The reason why your friend may be a rival might be because of a girl or because of leadership within the group.
If you are in this situation, then you can have a chance to improve?!
But just like me, don't cause your arousal level to be too high from being in a Competitive environment.
If you get too deep into a Competitive environment and lose control of your mind, then a Fun environment would be best for your improvement.
Remember that Danny Davis, who is leading snowboarding as the Style master, is always having fun while snowboarding.
But he is winning in Competitive environments as well.
Either way, the key point is how to control your emotions so you can maintain your arousal level at the best level.
There are so many way to control our emotions that you can find on the internet.
Try finding the one that’s best for you and perform your best on the hill.
If you are able to consistently be at the best arousal level, it'll be better than having a coach beside you.
I don't know how many snowboarders will trust this, but here are some words that might change your thoughts.
"We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with." - Jim Rohn
Those five people might be from your family, friends, or co-workers.
“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
This proverb obviously proves what Jim Rohn said, doesn’t it?
The same goes for friendships and in the office; what we think, how we behave, our decision and so on are influenced by the people closest to us whether we like it or not.
Dr. Maxwell Maltz, author of Psycho-Cybernetics, says in his book that people think, behave and act like the personal self-image that we have deep within our minds.
We can't be more than or less than that as well.
What Dr. Maltz is saying clarifies what Jim Rohn said.
We will be influenced by the people closest to us.
Because (for example) how our friends think, behave and act influence to our thoughts and actions.
Over and over again we see and hear what our friends are doing and saying.
Then our brain learns whether we like it or not by saying "ok, this is how I should be."
We interpret what our friends are doing and saying as what we are doing and saying because of the Mirror neurons in our brain.
This is one of the processes for how we build our self-image.
What do you think about these words now?
"We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with."
I know of many groups that have similar looking riding styles.
For example, instructors who need to focus more on one riding style that they are required to focus on for a license will train together and spend a lot of time riding with each other.
It's not difficult to spot those snowboarders on the hill.
Athletes who train together are also in this situation.
And good riders in the park will make a group out of riders with the same riding style as well.
So these groups show very similar riding styles.
Ok, now let's bring it into our snowboarding.
"We are the average of the five snowboarders we spend the most time snowboarding with."
Do you agree?
I know that most snowboarders all over the world don't have many friends they ride with.
And the reasons why you snowboard are all different.
However, if you are wishing for more improvement, you can keep in mind that choosing who you ride with will influence your improvement.
It doesn't mean you have to rely on others, but that is one of the ways you can improve.
This is something that most snowboarders in the world contemplate over.
After all, it is an Olympic sport... Shouldn't you train for it just like any other competitive event?
Do the top athletes actually train?
I can't say for sure because I don't understand how much the pros actually train myself.
It's extremely hard to tell to how much physical training actually influences performance.
Some of my students belong to the Japanese National Team, and they continue to train hard.
On the other hand, some of my other students, who participate in the video world, don't train at all.
Personally, I would say that physical preparation equates to snowboarding on a better snowboard.
Again, when comparing snowboarding and physical training to a car, it's like building a car with better parts.
As for a simple trick in simple conditions, it's hard to tell whether or not a better snowboard could increase your performance.
However, the higher the level of performance and tougher the circumstances, the more that difference comes to the surface.
For example, what if athletes participating in the World Cup use a snowboard that was made for beginners?
What if cars that debut in today's F1 races were made from materials that were used to make race cars 50 years ago?
That being the case, if it's only for your ordinary snowboarder to have fun, then simple daily stretching, walking, etc. might just be plenty enough.
However, if even for a moment, your average snowboarder puts an effort into practicing, it is for certain that his or her limits will be tested and pushed quite a bit.
Even when training for just a little bit like this, your rate of improvement would be higher than normal.
The reason for this is that it's the same as “riding in a good car” right?
Skillful, intuitive, athletic sense can make up for a top-level world athlete's physical shortcomings.
An example of this would be like having a good driver, but not a good car to ride in.
Therefore, you might be able to say that there are athletes who think that they do not need special physical training.
Tadashi Fuse says with confidence that, “I put physical training into actual snowboarding.”
He puts those words into action by snowboarding hard every day (and not just your usual snowboarding).
Of course, this type of training is not something that your everyday snowboarder can imitate. It appears that even people that snowboard and associate with him regularly simply just cannot follow along.
People that train like this give off the impression that they work this hard even when doing live photography and filming sessions.
There's probably no better way to train than this right?
The necessary performance ability is gained during necessary exercise. There is no room for wasted effort in this kind of training.
However, this is not something that people who only snowboard once a week can do.
So, how can your serious or average snowboarder train effectively without any waste?
Actually, it's simple.
You merely do an exercise routine that is exactly the same as snowboarding itself. During exercise you apply a burden equivalent to that of your snowboard and use the same direction, same speed movements, and furthermore, maintain balance.
To put it simply, you include the same weight as your snowboard when training your tecnique
I'll introduce and explain this thoroughly in a different tutorial, so please have a look.
To speak more from a training standpoint, rather than being a sport that is influenced by physical strength, Freestyle Snowboarding is a sport of balance.
For that reason, increasing muscle size and mass are not always effective. Believe it or not, big muscle can cause a loss of speed and furthermore, changes the body's balance.
You don't particularly need a strong upper-body, but you need muscle that supports your joints which in turn, will prevent injury. You also need muscle that will allow you to move quickly.
As for the lower-body, it should be muscular enough to absorb the heavy impact of landings and takeoffs, however muscle strength that will allow you to move in a quick rhythm is preferable.
The core of the body is extremely strong and connects the upper and lower body, but needs muscle that has quick response, agility, and flexibility.
It may seem obvious, but the larger your range of movement, the easier it becomes to adjust balance. The more your range of balance increases, falls become fewer and your risk of injury also decreases. By stretching every day, you can expand the mobility of your joints and muscles.
It's also important to keep in mind that if you don't have the image of sliding on the slopes during training, you won't be able to fully utilize the muscle that you have trained inside the gym outside on the snow.
Therefore, be sure to execute your training with an actual image of riding on the slopes.
When it comes time to snowboard, even if you have incorporated snowboard movements into your training, you won't be able to fully utilize the muscles you trained in the gym without having the picture in your head of how your training will translate to the slopes.
This is a definite fact from my experience that has cultivated athletes for more than 10 years.
Next time, we'll think about what kind of results you can expect from running.
What kind of training should I do specifically? We'll talk about that in a different tutorial!
A few tips for intermediate snowboarders on how to do a simple straight jump.
The difference between a beginner and intermediate level jump rider is the size and angle of the jumps they are comfortable with and how many grab tricks that they are able to perform.
The bigger the jump, the more time you will spend in the air. While in the air, balance control becomes more complicated as you start to do different tricks.
Here, we are not going to focus on learning tricks. Instead, I am going to introduce ideas on how to strengthen fundamental performance and control.
First, let's look at a few examples of some common mistakes.
As the jump gets bigger, speed also increases. In proportion to this, landing risk also increases.
If speed is reduced, takeoff and maintaining control in the air becomes easier, but there is a possibility of not being able to reach the landing and thus having a potentially dangerous crash.
If speed is increased, takeoff and control in the air become more difficult, but there is no need to worry about not being able to reach the landing.
However, there is also the risk of overshooting...
Before you hit the jump yourself, you should watch someone else to get an understanding of the proper speed.
The shape of the jump can also make balance more difficult. The steepness or angle of the jump will force you to adjust your body angle from riding downhill to riding uphill across the takeoff of the jump.
In the transition from downhill into the uphill take off, the rider will feel G force or force of gravity increase heavily.
The rider will have to work against the pressures of the jump in order to maintain balance.
Keep in mind that when you have bad balance in your approach, takeoff and air control balance increase in difficulty.
I often see people using the ledge to jump off at takeoff, but this throws the body off its axis and makes balance difficult.
While it's good to intentionally practice balance, if possible, it's best to stay flat to the slope when jumping.
You have a strong base of support up until takeoff which will help to stabilize your balance, but at the same time your body will be required to adjust its angle to the angle of the jump that makes keeping your balance that much more difficult.
Even if your board is flat to the slope, a bent and twisted posture creates bad balance and makes for a difficult takeoff.
At the intermediate level, there are people who can't do a pop. If you're going to do a trick in the air, you should be able to pro-actively initiate separation from the surface of the snow yourself.
Please note that continuing to snowboard without being able to do a pop will bring your progression as a snowboarder to a halt.
3. In The Air
This is actually the main point of this section in this tutorial.
Speaking of straight jumps, I often see intermediate level snowboarders lose their balance. Because of this, most of these snowboarders have fewer grab tricks. To start, a well balanced approach and take off are good prerequisites, but how can you control yourself in the air? Let's think about it for a second...
People who fail lose their balance immediately at takeoff.
The main reason for this is found in their mentality. “I want to be able to do grab tricks right now! I want to show off some style!”
Extended arms, body twists, and extended legs...
In the air with no footing, this kind of posture easily changes your balance.
A steep Jump will feel much different on takeoff and in the air. The trajectory will send the rider higher into the air and then into a steeper decent that feels more like falling.
The pressures of riding up a steep takeoff can also make the rider lose footing as soon as their snowboard leaves the lip.
This in turn will force you to re-adjust to maintain your balance.
After leaving the lip the rider must pull their feet up in order to attain a stable body position but doing this can throw off your balance
So, you can see why more balance is lost when putting style into this kind of situation before one is ready…
Since advanced snowboarders maintain balance from takeoff, they still keep good balance just after jumping off the lip. Throwing in a grab at the beginning makes no difference. They still do not lose balance.
This is another reason why advanced snowboarders can throw in a pop at takeoff.
At the intermediate level, approach and takeoff balance are still unstable. Even in the air, you need time to adjust your balance.
You guessed it, intermediate snowboarders should allow for time to adjust their balance in the air!
So, where should you adjust?
From takeoff to the peak of your jump.
From takeoff to landing, the trajectory of a straight jump is an arch and the highest point in that arch is the peak.
All the way to the peak, you focus on adjusting your balance and at the peak of your jump is when you grab your board. From the peak to landing, expand your legs, twist your body, and show off some style!
So, don't forget to always focus on approach and takeoff balance. If your balance is good, you can throw in a pop at takeoff and in the air, you won't need to make adjustments.
I’m going to answer some of the question you guys asked on my blog!
This time, how effective off season training is.
I’ve heard that skateboarding and the trampoline are good as off season practice but, which one do you think is better? I’d really like to know!
It’s a good question.
These two activities are well known for improving your snowboarding skills during the off season.
But why do these 2 in particular help you improve?
Knowing the reason will surely help you further improve.
Common points between skateboarding and snowboarding are:
Skateboarding helps out with your balance and movement control, which can translate to free riding and approaching to the jump in snowboarding.
In short, it helps you strengthen your base of support while you’re riding thanks to no bindings on skateboard. I think this is the biggest pay off you can get from skateboarding.
Doing an ollie while skateboarding certainly isn’t simple, but if you’re even an intermediate snowboarder you’ve probably already done them on the snow.
Jumping with both feet while snowboarding (called a pop) is good, but if you can do an ollie it’s possible to further improve your control.
Also if you’re advanced enough, your movement when you spin while skateboarding can be of tremendous help to your spin tricks when you’re snowboarding.
That being said, you don’t have to focus too much on it if you want to train off season.
Now then, what about the trampoline?
It’s pretty simple really.
Jumping on the trampoline helps you with control mid air.
Unlike skateboarding, when you use the trampoline your feet aren’t touching the ground much and you spend most of your time floating mid air.
This won’t help you with improving your base of support but it’s the best possible way to get more control mid air.
At a ski resort you may jump into the air about 10 times every five minutes or so, but with a trampoline you’ll be jumping upwards of 30 time every minute.
There’s no better way to jump into the air repeatedly in such a short amount of time.
You should practice on the trampoline even during winter!
I wish you all happy practice with no broken bones or anything! Practice tons and show the fruit of your labor in the winter!
Here is summery.
If you don’t have a trampoline around you and skateboarding with you, don’t worry, we can help you with other way to train.
Look into our YouTube channel and find more off season training tutorials.
Thinking About Visualization Part 2!
Last time, we thought about concrete visualization methods.
This time, we will be introducing a variety of visualization categories.
Just by knowing these, you can become more efficient with the visualization methods!
Well, “Visualization” is said to be able to be divided into the two categories below.
Visualizing yourself as you see yourself on the outside.
(Like watching TV or an out-of-body experience)
Concentrating and visualizing something via your internal senses
(Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch, etc.)
Learning specific movement starts out by mimicking movement, and can be called “Objective” visualization.
Then, if you’re able to fully understand it as a body sensation, then you’re able to use “Subjective” visualization.
So first, mimic the appearance, then memorize the internal feeling.
If you don’t understand this order and are told to “Visualize!” then you won’t be able to do it.
If I watched a video of an aspiring athlete and mimic their posture and style, I’d have an understanding of that balance, and practice would be smooth!
Some of my students are only able to have a “Subjective” image.
There is no tangible picture (“Objective” image), so basically they don’t have specific “model” to learn from.
They probably have a lot of different past training experience that they drew from, and instead of having an actual image (video, demo etc.) to look at, they have that internal sense (“Subjective” visualization) to use once more.
Therefore, their performance isn’t being forced to look like the skateboarding style (the coexistence of trick difficulty and style), and instead looks more like the gymnastic style (more attention being paid to trick difficulty than a cool looking performance).
Nowadays, we’re in an era where just being good isn’t enough for riders, and that they should also have any kind of “cool” style.
More importance is being placed on “cool styles” than on difficulty.
Of course, any style is highly valued if its trick flow is natural, but in reality people like to see and show more of a skateboarding style.
From my past coaching experience, students who mainly use the “Subjective” visualization in fact didn’t have very much of a style (cool looking performance) when being observed.
However, they did have amazing skills that skipped playing videos in their head and learned tricks directly from their internal sense (“Subjective” visualization) from images that they’d looked at.
Furthermore, these “Objective” & “Subjective” visualizations can be thought to be divided similar to what is written below.
Internal & External Visualization
Essentially, this is represented as “Internal = Objective” and “External = Subjective”, but my gut feelings consider these to not be the same things.
Internal and external images are captured to be placed within the aforementioned “Subjective” images.
Examples：Kinesthesia, Touch(Temperature, Pressure, etc.), Muscle Awareness, Degree of Strength, Timing, Emotions
Whether you are internally imagining the moment you jump off, or imagining being grateful about succeeding at something, both are “Subjective Internal” visualizations.
Examples：Pictures coming in, Direction of movement (Gliding line), Sense of distance, Sound, Scent, Sense of speed
A snowboarder being filmed in the backcountry drops a snowball from the top of a cliff that he was trying to jump from.
Because he is visualizing his trajectory, distance and timing, he is using “Subjective External” Visualization.
The way to practice the Visualization method from the previous talk is to first analyze the movements of through objective visualization, then strengthen the objective visualization by watching videos.
Then, actually try to move into those positions, and convert it into the subjective image.
Check the positions in front of a mirror to make sure the objective visualizations and subjective visualizations are the same.
As I wrote earlier, you can start learning tricks from “Objective” visualizations but you’ll want to convert it into “Subjective” visualizations straightaway.
But, Subjective Visualization by itself lacks artistic quality.
It’s good to have both Objective images and Subjective images in mind at the same time.
Visualizing is a very common skill to apply while doing any sports to learn proper movement.
From when I first began to snowboard (in 1990) until now, I’ve been using this visualization method.
Thanks to my continuous use of this method, I’ve gotten to the point where I can use this intuition when watching my students ride.
This is all thanks to the mirror neurons inside of the brain.
Well, I’ve been using this visualization method since I was a child as well, and I would think that there was nothing that was too hard.
However, when teaching students on site, many of my students don’t understand the visualization method and are unable to do it.
Of course, since there are a lot of new challenges when it comes to teaching, it’s normal to not be able to visualize the best way to go about doing something.
But if I asked them, it seemed like they didn’t really visualize anything on a regular basis.
Visualizing is now kind of my habit as I use this skill on a daily basis while coaching, but I also understand that there was almost no situation in my students’ lives that would make them have to visualize something inside their heads until then.
So I tried to find out how they are able to understand and visualize movement that they have never done before.
To use the method in the best way possible, you should understand the functions of the left and right brain.
Before I reference these, there are a lot of simple classifications for each brain function similar to what’s listed below.
1. Analyzing Movements (Left Brain)
First, we will practice the basics of the visualization method, “Cognize.”
You can’t imagine something you haven’t done before.
Therefore, first analyze all movement in detail for that performance, and then you will understand how it can be done verbally.
While seeing the videos and sequence images, you should write it all out on paper.
It’ll be like you’re writing a “How To” tutorial.
This isn’t the imaginative “Right Brain” being used; it’s the data processing “Left Brain” at work.
2. Image Input（Right Brain）
Next, make the Image Controlling Right Brain store the images within your mind.
Try playing back the images over and over again.
By seeing the images over and over again, you can get to the point where you can close your eyes and vividly imagine the situation.
3. Understanding Intuition
With the detailed analysis that was written down and the video images that were memorized, you can practically try to position your body.
You can check your positioning in front of a mirror etc. to see if it’s a good position.
You can also use your cellphone camera like a mirror as well.
Now, you can recognize calculation errors with signals coming from your brain (images) and muscle movement exercises.
In other words, is what you see in your reflection the same as in the images? Is it any different than the analysis you wrote out?
What did your body feel like when you tried out what you imagined?
Those feelings of your muscles will be stored back into your brain as information.
Corrections can be made by rechecking the information sent back from the muscles with the images.
In short, you can compare and fix the data implanted in your Right and Left Brain and your intuition (in front of the mirror).
Read the analysis you wrote out, and watched the videos over and over again.
Position your body according to the analysis data in front of a mirror, and at the same time remember the feeling of your muscles while playing the video over again in your head.
Did you know that your right brain can’t distinguish reality from imagination?
The Left Brain is said to theoretically control the input of the Right Brain, but it seems when you are remembering something with emotions and concrete, detailed images, things are stored very deep in the Right Brain.
That is because the neurons become thicker and nerve connections become stronger with repetition.
The best visualization method is to paint the images in your head until it is detailed, place fun, good-feeling etc. emotions onto it and to repeat the processes over and over again.
Next time we will look into the different aspect of visualization!!
I’ve answered a common question!
This time the topic is “Where do I look while spinning”
So you will learn how to control your balance while spinning.
Where should I be looking during a spin?
Does it vary depending on the spin trick?
Please tell me Sensei!
I feel this is a very common question, but the answer can be different for every trick
For example If someone were to ask where they should look during takeoff, while in the air, and landing respectively, The way this would be answered depends on your goal.
This time try thinking about your line of sight controlling your balance from takeoff to landing.
Where you look during a spin also has a huge effect on your understanding of your surroundings, where you are throughout the spin, and how much time you have left to complete it.
First, I'll give an example of common failures some of my old students would make.
During takeoff, my student looked at his feet, and while in the air he looked at the sky or his surroundings diagonally, which is not a good situation.
If you look at your feet during a backside spin takeoff, then at the same time your body will lean greatly over the edge, and the spin will turn into a cork spin in the air.
When I asked him about this, he said "I can’t see any surroundings while spinning."
This is him turning his gaze too far upward thus not being able to see the surface of the snow.
Because of this, he won't know exactly when he is going to land; therefore, he won't be able to land.
There is one way to fix both of these situations.
When doing a spin trick, imagine yourself at the centre of a large circle.
While spinning use your line of sight to draw the edge of that circle.
This should be about 2 meters away from you.
By consciously thinking about that 2 meters from the start of your takeoff, your head and line of sight will be locked in a position that will keep the body's axis (the spin's axis) balanced and more flat, and easier to control and land.
After the takeoff, circulate your gaze around the area 2 meters away from you while simultaneously watching the surface of the snow and the surrounding landscape with your peripheral vision.
Do this and you will have a very good understanding of the situation and your position in the air.
It's the same whether it's the front side or the back side.
And you can practice this during the off season as well even at home, while in the office.
There is also a method for where to be looking when wanting to continue a spin, but we'll discuss that in the next topic.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog I hope this helps your spins!
For this topic “Learning Snowboarding Effectively” we will be talking about knowing your “type.”
Every person has both strong and weak points when it comes to learning.
The key point is how you use your brain’s functions.
Your brain consists of both the Right Brain and the Left Brain, but it is generally divided into many parts similar to what’s mentioned below.
For example, if there are people whose strong points are exercise, those whose strong points are “picture painting”, and those whose strong points are writing, then there are also people whose strong points are through analyzing.
When you study something, the traits of the right and left brain show themselves.
Which one of the below-mentioned methods of learning are your strongpoints? Do you like it?
The human brain is divided into many parts, and there are three parts are responsible for processing external information.
Which of these three functions help you to learn the fastest?
Finding the function that works for you can improve your learning efficiency.
For example, I did well with "learning by seeing" when I was younger, but as I got older I also became good with learning through words.
And to this day, I do not do well with “learning through participation.”
Through my coaching experience, I’ve observed all of these types.
As a coach, finding out which learning method a student has takes time.
That is why instructors in general, not just myself, utilize lessons that cover all of these types.
The components that cover all of these teaching styles are included in these.
They’ve put a lot of thought into this.
This isn’t just for people who snowboard; when you were a child, when you were in school, and nowadays when you are studying something at work, what style helps make things much easier to learn for you? Try and think back.
If you can find out which style you use, you can then utilize it from then on, and you’ll be able to learn so much faster!