A few years ago, I wrote an article on the efficiency of movement. It was based upon seeing an old Morcombe & Wise sketch on TV, showing them both fully synchronised to the movement of a song whilst making breakfast in the kitchen. The clip will strike a chord with many activities today, even tho the show is close to 30yrs old. All sport disciplines seek perfection in training & this includes efficient & effective movements. The casual tricker is also searching for efficiency in what they do, but might not be so aware without someone telling them formally (taa-daa! hello me! *waves)
When you see people linking a series of movements together, the technique, momentum, power & speed combined has all connected to fuse separate tricks into one new larger move. If everything is balanced & accurate then efficiency is achieved & several parts become one. Its the (often overlooked) holy grail imo. This will all be nothing new to those with a formal background, but many others may only become aware of this (or never) after years of training.
Pro skateboarder Rodney Mullen is a technical genius. When explaining his mindset for stringing several complex moves together, he says how he no longer sees separate movements that require specific dedicated thought to complete, as those moves are already programmed into his memory. He only needs to focus on the sequence of moves as a whole. eg: Each individual move: ‘a’+’b’+’c’, becomes ‘abc’. Thought is transfered from concentrating on each 3 elements to 1 new complete move. And likewise, further complexity is added by combining more moves together: ‘abc’ + ‘def’ +’ghi’ = ‘abcdefghi’.
Now whether you’re at this stage of linking moves yet or not, being aware of this process is very important for you to advance. It proves how landing a move ‘the right way’ is just as important (if not more) than landing the move in the first place. If you can’t land something setup ready for the next move, then all you have is pieces of a puzzle without an over all picture. Not good. Fine for flipping in the pub beer garden, but not much use otherwise.
Now this is something I’m definitely guilty of. And even tho I’m aware of it, I only care about it once I feel comfortable with a new move. I’ve already explained in a previous post about my approach to just landing something anyway I can initially and working on the details later. But hey that’s me.
I’ll shut up now. But yeah. If we spend years learning ‘pieces’… they will come together naturally, easier than you think. I have a story about that, but will save for another time.
done – bye – mark