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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.