August 2, 2017

What Are The Magic Mechanics

Is it true that there are Magic Mechanics that NHL players use to achieve spectacular results? And is it true that anyone can learn them?

Magic? Yes. Magic.

You might think that I actually believe in Magic. But any sufficiently advanced skill or technique looks like Magic. That’s what we’re tapping into here.

David Blaine does not possess magic powers. But his skill is so advanced that it looks like Magic.

I’ve used the term “Magic Mechanics”  as part of a months long social experiment. I’ve enjoyed reading some of the comments of one-dimensional word-thinkers who think that by using the term Magic Mechanics – I believe in Magic. Simpletons.

It’s useful to think of the world in terms of mechanics instead of magic. But most of the hockey world looks at world class hockey skill as if it is magic.

If world class hockey skill is mechanics, not magic, similarly sized players should be able to attain similar skills. Unless you actually believe NHLers possess Magical powers.

With that in mind, I’ve developed a framework to help you think about the Magic Mechanics of NHLers.

Why Develop Magic Mechanics? Because they lead to:

  • Better Hockey Sense
  • Increased Confidence
  • Improved Consistency
  • More Goals
  • More Assists
  • Increased Motivation And Drive

How Do The Magic Mechanics Work?

Consistent and Adaptable Motor Program

Consistent: Expert performers of a skill are known in motor learning literature as having the ability to execute a skill consistently. So if that means hitting a target while shooting a puck, that means that an expert performer reliably hits more targets than a novice. This also refers to the consistent order of joint velocity ratios and consistent joint sequencing.

Adaptable: Expert performers of a skill can produce a consistent result in different situations while maintaining the order of motor recruitment and joint angle ratios. But their motor program is able to account for the differences in the situation and ADAPT to still produce a consistent result.

Takeaway: Master the Magic Mechanics yields consistent outcomes in different situations.

Reduced Neural Load

Imagine doing a maximal squat. Every single muscle tensed. Every single neuron from your brain firing. Not a lot of brain power left over for thinking is there?

Tough.

Now imagine doing a squat with 10lbs. Easy isn’t it? You can probably carry on a conversation with a friend – or contemplate life.

Which is easier?

This illustrates the idea of “Neural Load”.

Your brain only has so many neurons that it can fire. If all of the neurons are focused on moving – because your movement is inefficient – it cannot use extra neurons to make decisions, scan your environment, or execute higher level skills.

Magic Mechanics require the least amount of Neural Load for any movement. They are the MOST efficient way to move. They require the LEAST amount of effort.

So rather than devoting your precious neural resources to things like maintaining balance and generating lot’s of force – Magic Mechanics allow you to conserve those neurons for things like:

  • Decision making
  • Being aware of surroundings
  • Executing higher level skills

Takeaway: Master the Magic Mechanics allows you to reduce the amount of neural load on basic skills and use that neural load to master higher level processes.

Optionality

A train running down a single track has no options. If there happens to be a cow on the track – it’s gonna be a disaster.

A track that branches 3 times has options. If there happens to be a cow on one track, we can switch to another. This is optionality.

When a player’s skillset gives them optionality, they can always choose multiple options.

Players with sloppy skills are like trains running down a single track. They start down a path and cannot change direction. Other players can easily predict which track they will be on – and so their options get shut down.

When a player uses Magic Mechanics, it’s like being on a track that branches 3 times. Then another 3 times. Then 3 more times. This is optionality. And this is how Kane feels on the half wall. How McDavid feels on a breakaway. How Crosby feels down low.

The Magic Mechanics are about balance, rhythm, and smoothly executing one skill so that 3 more skills are an option. Players with Magic Mechanics always have multiple movement options.

Takeaway: Movement optionality physically allows players to select higher percentage plays.

Big Claims

Earlier I mentioned that Magic Mechanics lead to:

  • Better Hockey Sense
  • Increased Confidence
  • Improved Consistency
  • More Goals
  • More Assists
  • Increased Motivation And Drive

Here are the patterns you might notice:

Better Hockey Sense

With decreased neural load, players devote more of their neural resources to decision making and scanning the play. Instead of wasting that neural load on simple movements.

Increased confidence

Many players make the sad mistake of trying to improve their confidence without improving their mechanics. Sad because they still have Sloppy Skills or do Drone Coach Drills. Their inconsistent results drags their confidence down. When you have Magic Mechanics – you have consistently predictable success. It’s then EASY to have confidence in yourself.

Improved Consistency

Players with Magic Mechanics can generate consistent outcomes in variable situations. Giving them the illusion of consistency. But it’s just their mechanics.

More Goals and Assists

When players have consistent programs and mechanics, whenever they get in a goal scoring or assist producing situation, they have a higher probability of executing.

Increased Motivation & Drive

Willpower is an illusion. People are driven towards pleasure and away from pain. And since the Magic Mechanics FEEL SO GOOD to execute and practice – players WANT to practice them. Often. And they do.

The Biggest Mistakes Of the Magic Mechanics

The dog bit Connor.

Connor bit the dog.

Same words. Different meaning. BUT: Different orders – different outcomes.

BUT: Different order = different outcomes.

Magic Mechanics are the lead domino in a chain to hockey greatness. Thinking about it in a different order really screws things up. Here are some examples:

Players, coaches, and parents confuse repetitions of sloppy skills and Drone Coach drills for the Magic Mechanics. But you can’t get Magic Mechanics with sloppy skills or Drone Coach Drills. will never get you there. Magic Mechanics must be learned first, then repetition helps. And once you learn the Magic Mechanics, they’re resilient to Drone Coach nonsense – because the Magic Mechanics FEEL so good. Once felt they cannot be unfelt.

Coaches try to teach hockey sense before Magic Mechanics. A player who literally does not have the brain capacity to see the ice because they are so busy keeping themselves upright cannot make the same decisions as a player who effortlessly cruises around. Optimizing hockey sense seems like the right thing to do – but this often gets fixed when a player learns the Magic Mechanics. What else explains how meatheads who barely pass high school play pro hockey? Intelligence doesn’t factor into this equation. Having enough neural resources available to scan the game and make the right decision does.

Players think that off-ice training is more important than on-ice mechanics. All the off-ice training in the world cannot solve sloppy mechanics. The Magic Mechanics only needs a minimum level of athleticism, strength, and power to master. Once Magic Mechanics are mastered, off-ice training WILL help. But not before the Magic Mechanics on-ice are learned.

Takeaway: As you can see, getting the order wrong is fatal to a hockey career. Many reading will see that I said that Magic Mechanics should come before repetition, hockey sense, and off-ice training – and they might misinterpret me to say that I rate Magic Mechanics as more important. That’s NOT what I’m saying. We must respect the ORDER of development.

I’m currently in the process of mastering the Magic Mechanics while playing professionally for HC Kunlun Red Stars. But unlike others, I didn’t learn them naturally. I’m studying them, then teaching it to myself and the Train 2.0 Members. If you’d like to see what I’ve learned, you can see 12+ Free Video Lessons that I’ve prepared for you here.

 

 

 

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