Dimitry and Alexandra had clearly found the bad visibility and complicated snow conditions (with heavy snowfall and high winds) detrimental to their skiing on the previous day when they were skiing without me. Both had become defensive and had reverted to their “survival” mode – even though the weather and piste conditions were now much better. Dimitry set the ball rolling for this morning session by describing how his “outside” leg just locks out completely stiff during the turn – especially the left leg, and asking what to do about it.
When we “resist” with our muscles it involves a blanket tensioning of all muscles in a limb. Holding the arm out straight in front if you contract all the muscles you will find it impossible to bend the arm while maintaining this contraction. In practical terms this is “fighting against yourself” instead of the efficient selective muscle contraction required for example for lifting a weight with an arm curl action. The stiff leg in skiing is an example of this “resistance”.
Part of the stiff leg comes from an attempt to stack the bone structure up in a way that minimises muscle use – but in this case the action is self defeating. The main cause though is inappropriate timing almost totally caused by having initially learned to turn in a snowplough. From the snowplough (or parallel) the skier is taught to push the leg outwards/away to begin the turn – to place the ski on an accelerating inside edge to start the turn and to transfer weight weight by both standing up and leaning out over this leg. Anyone who is intelligent enough to accurately succeed in carrying out the instructions for this manoeuvre will end up traumatised! “Trauma based mind control” is well known to be exactly how to brainwash and manipulate people. Perhaps the CIA could just drop all their expensive drug based mind control programs and just use the snowplough instead? Just a thought. (Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the first ski resort ever built in France was by the Rothschild Illuminati – still recognisable despite morphing into communism in 1848) My point is that once infected with this virus it’s very hard to eliminate. Still, there is a far better chance of getting rid of a stiff leg than of getting rid of the Rothschilds.
The dynamics we had worked on a few days earlier were all about changing this timing for the correct and natural “down/up timing” – which is easily seen by watching a fast motorbike going down into a turn and back up out of it. Bikes use the same principles as skis – they change shape as you fall over and cut a new trajectory in front and below you so as to bring you back up. The principle is fundamental and exposes the fallacy of standard ski instruction.
We worked on exercises – flexing and extending the legs while traversing the piste and then flexing down into a turn to complete the traverse. For developing the down/up timing we also had to revise "pivoting" and avoiding that aggressive early edge change as is characteristic of the snowplough.
Both Dimitry and Alexandra had a strong tendency to flip the timing back around to the Rothschild version. Alexandra is a self-confessed high maintenance Russian princess – but in reality she is very cool, with a sense of humour and is very aware and genuinely motivated in personal development. (It was of course Rothschild’s agents who killed the Tzar – who had annoyed them by saving the American Union from its planned disintegration in the American Civil War – hence Russian princesses have not had an easy time in recent history.)
For Alexandra the real problem was interestingly the very opposite of Dimitry’s. Alexandra actually could not stand solidly on her outside leg. In fact you couldn’t get more opposite in terms of reactions. The timing problem was identical due to previous training – but the outcome was a problem of the opposite extreme. The important thing here is not to confuse cause and effect. The cause is the same and it’s the wrong timing. Had both been taught the correct timing originally then neither problem would exist. Alexandra had been reacting to the horrible insecurity caused by he wrong timing by sitting down defensively – whereas Dimitry was reacting by trying to force his way through in a typical masculine response.
Regardless of anything going on with his skiing – you won’t find a better smile anywhere than Dimitry’s! Alexandra is making my sunglasses look good too – so much so that I was worried about losing them!
The “up” part of the correct timing is of course really the key for linking turns in a relaxed manner – because you use the forces built up on the lower/outside ski to lift you up and out of the existing turn – and so you freely pass over the top of that downhill ski and naturally switch legs in the process as your body topples downhill into the next turn. Both Dimitry and Alexandra had been at this point before and with a few short dynamics exercises they had the feeling back again.
It was during the exercises for dynamics that the underlying problem of Alexandra’s “sitting down” issues became clear. Standing uphill from me she could not stand up on her uphill ski while leaning downhill and pushing her shoulder against mine. I tried a few different ways of supporting her but nothing was working – until I found a most appropriate analogy! I asked to to imagine that she was shopping and had to shoulder somebody out of the way. It worked – the determination came out immediately and she was strong on her “outside” uphill leg – precisely as required to move into a new turn. Then she started to feel this when skiing.
I explained to Dimitry and Alexandra that nobody is ever as good a skier as they would really like to be. The same goes for any skill really. What’s important is the process of developing and what you take from it. Overcoming the obstacles in any challenging learning process – where perception and risk are involved – is immensely enriching. Skiing is also like dancing – it’s a self expression in a wonderful natural environment – so this makes it even more rewarding. People can sense this and they know there is something pulling them in this direction – so any positive step along the way feels really good.