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.