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June 18, 2018

Edge Mechanics with Corson and Karlsson

Edge Mechanics with Corson and Karlsson

In this video, Jason Yee compares the young stud, Corson Searles, to NHL star Eric Karlsson.

He identifies the edge mechanics that separate the two players and how Corson can better learn to utilize his edges.

To see uninterrupted highlights of Patrick Kane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNlSryNpWUg

Patrick Kane’s Goal Scoring Formula: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUIMqe5Ipuc&t=42s

To see Corson’s Hockey Journey: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNdhvyNlEe_q4jaIsXBZb1w
To see Corson’s Instagram: @corsonsearles

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The mic I use: https://ift.tt/2IxbMwM

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– Jason

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June 18, 2018

1on1 Camp with Pavel Barber

1on1 Camp with Pavel Barber

A few weekends back, Jason and Pavel took to the ice to run there high-level 1on1 skills camp, (Barber: forwards Jason: Defense). The video we shot (above) is a “Day in the life” during our 3-day 1on1 camp. We shared information and looked to innovate together. Collaboration and competition together. Catch a little lifestyle. Catch some tidbits. And hopefully you enjoy the music.

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– Jason

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June 18, 2018

The Next Skating Paradigm: Mathew Barzal

The Next Skating Paradigm Mathew Barzal

Barzal turned the league on its head – as a rookie! And he doesn’t do it with pushes or powerful strides…no. It’s with his mastery of the arc. Of getting edges into the ice and using the rocker of the blade plus his mass displacement to skate faster with less effort.

In this video, Jason gives you an introduction into the game-changing skating technique that only a few elite NHL players use – The Downhill Skating System!

Listen to the Train 2.0 Show Podcast: anchor.fm/train2point0show

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– Jason

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June 1, 2018

Secret To Receiving Passes At Speed – Hidden Asymmetries In Hockey

 

The secret to receiving passes at speed isn’t to improve your hands. It’s to improve your footwork and patterning. You get way more OPTIONS when you take certain routes. And those routes are NOT higher risk. I call this a hidden asymmetry.

The pattern that elite players like Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby use involves picking the puck up on an arc. This means that as a pass comes to them, they will lean onto the edge of one of their skates and make a slight turn.

There are likely several reasons for this arc (slight turn) in the ice like throwing off the defenders angle, reducing tension in the body, creating an angular attack, etc. Whatever the reason for this asymmetry, you will notice that it occurs extremely often with the elite NHLers when they receive the puck with speed.

Keep an eye out for this asymmetry in the next NHL game you watch. You might just start noticing it happen everywhere.

Listen to the Train 2.0 Show Podcast: anchor.fm/train2point0show

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– Jason

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May 23, 2018

Finding Ice In Whistler With Pavel Barber

Finding Ice In Whistler With Pavel Barber

What do hockey players do for fun when they aren’t at the rink practicing their craft? When they’re not at the gym grinding out a heavy workout? They spend there extra time searching for new and exciting locations to practice some more! That’s just how your mind works when you love the game as much as we do.

That’s why Pavel Barber, Zack Wear, Andrew Ross and I went on an adventure to find ice to skate on in Whistler, BC. The idea was to film some training videos. Finding ice didn’t work out… but we had fun along the way. We had a few drinks, told a few stories and had a few laughs. It was a great old time with some great guys. Here is our journey as documented by Andrew Ross.

Andrew Ross: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX7ksYk_ooo8uKDwsumvjyw
@lookitsross

Pavel Barber: https://www.youtube.com/user/MindPuckHandler
@heybarber

Zach Wear: https://ift.tt/2kieLip
@alchemygoaltending

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– Jason

PS. If you want to do a live training with Train 2.0. you can click this link here to get FREE access

May 20, 2018

Double Your Zone Entry like Patrick Kane

Double Your Zone Entry like Patrick Kane

In this video, Corson explains the two zone entry patterns that Patrick Kane uses to increase optionality and double his team’s scoring chances. He covers how anyone can use this zone entry pattern to improve their odds of success without improving skills.

He explains that the key to doubling your zone entry is repeating similar patterns that create high levels of optionality. That is why Kane repeats two different entry points that he uses to enter the offensive zone.

Option one – enter wide and cut in towards the middle of the ice. By cutting in, he gives himself several options: he can cut back towards the boards, he can pull the puck out and drive wide to the net, he can take the defenseman on and beat him with a dangle, he can cut across the middle and make a play, and several more options.

Option 2 – enter between the dots. If the opposing team challenges before the blueline line, he passes the puck across to a teammate out wide. If the defenders give the line, he slows down, aims to pull one or two defenders towards the middle, then pass the puck wide to a teammate who has speed and room to drive the net.

These two zone entry patterns are a big part of what makes Patrick Kane so successful when he enters the zone. Try these patterns for yourself and feel the optionality as they help you double your zone entry success.

To see uninterrupted highlights of Patrick Kane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNlSryNpWUg

Patrick Kane’s Goal Scoring Formula: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUIMqe5Ipuc&t=42s

To see Corson’s Hockey Journey: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNdhvyNlEe_q4jaIsXBZb1w
To see Corson’s Instagram: @corsonsearles

To see how I record these videos: https://ift.tt/1zAb4CX
The mic I use: https://ift.tt/2IxbMwM

 

May 14, 2018

How to Shoot Like Panarin – Training Footage

How to Shoot Like Panarin – Training Footage

Watch as I breakdown how to shoot like Panarin. I compare Panarin’s in-game footage to my own training footage – analyzing it from the perspective of a kinesiologist. Like you, I’m learning. And I’m documenting the process because I know how this plays out.

What I learned in this video is that timing the foot and release is important to get the same snap as Panarin. I’m also searching for why I kick my leg so high, but he keeps his lower. My thought is that this relates to his preference for rotation – whereas my patterning is used to pushing. Something for me to dive deeper into – and uncover.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, feedback, suggestions. Please email me at [email protected] or DM me at @train2point0 because I’d love to hear from you.

– Jason

PS. If you want to do a live training with Train 2.0. you can click this link here to get FREE access

January 28, 2018

The Perfect Skill System

The Perfect Skill System is a system that combines science, technology and psychology to help players master skills at the fastest possible rate.

Players who master the Magic Mechanics of hockey the fastest have the best chance of winning.

Today, most coaches use a combination of guesswork and voodoo magic to teach hockey players. Or at least that’s how it appears. However, they use words like “experience”, “common sense”, and “resume” as code words – because it sounds better that way. Very few coaches use an “evidence-based” approach.

Many players and parents seem to be okay with guesswork and voodoo magic coaching philosophies.

But at Train 2.0, we call this Drone Coaching.

Some players and parents do not find this type of coaching acceptable. If they invest in coaching, they expect it to produce results. They expect the instructions to be simple, trusted, and to provide measurable progress.

For those players who want simple and trusted instructions with measurable progress, I introduce the “Perfect Skill System.”

When players use the Perfect Skill System they experience NHL level learning. They engage the most powerful learning engines in their brain. And they turn on their Feel Your Body Learning circuits.

 

How? (This is the science part)

Through instant video feedback compared to NHL players.

How do we achieve this? (This is the technology part).

We place two iPads side by side. One playing an NHL player’s skill. Another with a time delayed video of the player.

Why does it work so well? (That is the neuro-psychology part)

When the player compares their video to the NHLer’s video (let’s say Auston Matthews’ wrist shot), circuits in the brain automatically compare and contrast the movement. The player immediately and unconsciously makes adjustments to their shooting technique to more closely mirror Matthews.

It is an exciting time. Technology opens up new possibilities.

Here’s the system in action:

It includes:
  • 2 Tripods
  • 2 iPad Mounts
  • 2 iPads
  • 1 Video Delay App
  • 1 Video Looping App
  • Clips of NHLers performing skills

If players want to learn a skill in record time – they can.

If a parent wants to save money on coaching – they can.

If coaches want to dramatically increase the skill of their players – they can.

The system is simple and flexible.

Notes On Saving Money:

Idea #1: Rather than use iPads, you could use an Android Tablet or phone in the place of one iPad (the looping video one)

Idea #2: Rather than use the second iPad you could just use a tablet for the video replay (you still need at least one tablet)

Idea #3: You can get used tripods for $20 each – but the tablet mounts generally cost $40-50 each (Total investment could be as low as $300 depending on what you already own)

Idea #4: Parents often feel pressured to spend thousands of thousands of dollars on “elite” teams with great “development” programs. The truth is that most “elite” teams with great “development” are designed to make money (from parents). For a few hundred dollars, parents and players can use a Skill Development System that beats any development on these “elite” teams. (Unless those teams use the Perfect Skill System). Players love using the Perfect Skill System! And they see noticeable results much faster than any other system I’ve seen.

Moonshot:

Some of you might wonder if the Perfect Skill System stops at two iPads, two tripods and a couple apps. It doesn’t. I envision this system evolving to include a drone that tracks players movement while the player wears a heads up display in their helmet. And the drone broadcasts the time delayed video replay of the players movement to the heads up display. The time delayed video is side-by-side with the NHLer’s clip. I imagine that each player on the team would wear one of these heads up units and would be able to review their rep during every drill while waiting in line. Perhaps even after a shift in a game.

Players show a huge improvement every time I show them video of their play and compare it to NHLers. That’s what gave me the idea for this version of the Perfect Skill System. Now with the increased frequency, players make adjustments with surprising speed. Getting increased visual feedback with the Drone – Heads Up Display version takes the system to the next level.

The Golden Age:

Hockey is moving out of the dark age. The shift has already occurred. You might be able to feel it.

The smart players, parents, and coaches are getting too good. They’re starting to win. And it’s just the beginning.

Poor performing coaches and systems won’t survive much longer. They are being weeded out.

You are starting to see a change in how players and parents evaluate coaches and coaching systems. Evolutions in technology, psychology and science makes this possible. And the players, parents, and coaches who are aware of changes in these forces will get caught on the upswing.

“You are entering the Golden Age. It starts now.”

-Jason

January 28, 2018

How to Become a Feel-Based Learner – The “Feel Your Body Learning” System

Darryl Belfry is the leading skill coach in hockey right now.

Listening to an interview with Belfry, he remarked that the top 6 players on NHL teams are something called “Feel Based Learners”. This means that they would ask how a movement should feel. The bottom 6 asked to be told what to do visually.

So it made sense to research this idea. Then to develop guidelines for players to follow.

At Train 2.0, we call this style of learning the Feel Your Body Learning System.

We turned up a couple interesting concepts that support the Feel Your Body Learning System.

 

Idea #1: Conscious vs Unconscious Learning – How it relates to feel-based learning

The research says that unconscious learning is better than conscious learning for three reasons:

  1. Unconscious learning leads to better performance under pressure
  2. Unconscious learning leads to better performance over time
  3. Unconscious learning leads to improvements in related tasks

(Note: When I say conscious vs unconscious learning, I’m actually talking about extrinsic vs intrinsic motor learning – that’s what it is called in the literature. I am simplying for clarity)

When a player learns through feel, they MUST learn unconsciously. When they get the Magic Mechanics correct, they immediately FEEL it. And they cannot unfeel it. I’ve tried using words to explain the “feeling” – but until you can get an athlete to actually use the Magic Mechanics they just won’t understand.

Since the “feeling” doesn’t seem to be something a player can think their way towards, I’d suggest that it is an unconscious learning.

 

Idea #2: Learn The Way Your Perform

(Specificity of learning hypothesis)

Success in hockey relies on a player using the correct body movements. We call these the Magic Mechanics.

When a player uses the Magic Mechanics they are more balance, in control, and effortless. This provides them with the ability to pick up more information with their eyes. And it also provides them with more options to use.

When a player is playing, they do not have time to internalize verbal commands. They have to “think with their body”. Hockey players have two main sources of data: visual and kinaesthetic. Visual data is used to make decisions. Kinaesthetic data is used to monitor body position – so for skill execution.

When a player uses verbal data to determine their movements (skills) – they may be able to make adjustments in a controlled practice setting. But they cannot use that data in a game setting. It’s like a pilot who only wants to use their windows to get around, but it’s foggy. It’s smart to use the flight instruments because you don’t have any other sources of information about where the plane is. But the pilot still wants to look out the window.

When a player uses kinaesthetic (feel based) data to determine their movements – they always have their preferred data source on hand. Like a pilot who loves using their instruments to fly the plane. Even when it’s foggy, the pilot can land the plane no problem.

Players who Feel Their Body Learning learn the way they perform. So this leads them to have stable performance in both games and skill development sessions. And they always have their preferred data source on hand – their FEELING.

 

Idea #3: Drone Coach Resistance

Players who use Feel Your Body Learning naturally have a special gift. The gift is that when they Feel Their Body doing the Magic Mechanics – it feels SO GOOD they never want to do anything ever again. Take for example shooting. Great shooters with the Magic Mechanics often do the opposite of what many coaches teach. The coach might seek to “coach” the players by giving them helpful advice. But this helpful advice is the exact opposite of what the coach should be saying.

Luckily for the player who Feels Their Body Learning, they’ve felt the Magic Mechanics of the shot. And they can never unfeeling that feeling. And it feels so good that nothing else feels natural.

So they nod politely and accept the coaches advice. But shortly after, they go back to shooting the way they always did. Because it felt right.

 

How To Use The Feel Your Body Learning System

Step 1: Choose a simple movement you want to learn. Let’s say a slapshot.

Step 2: Take a slap shot. Pay attention to how it feels. Where did you feel tension? Where did you feel free? Where did you feel blocked? Where did you feel powerful?

Step 3: Take another slapshot. But this time, completely differently. Ask yourself the same questions about tension, freedom, blockages, and power.

Step 4: Take another slap shot. Again different. Ask yourself the questions again.

Step 5: Now start optimizing. Don’t think about how to shoot. Forget everything you’ve been told. Just shoot. And FEEL it. Really FEEL it.

Step 6: Feel your body learning automatically. Keep asking yourself the questions: freedom, tension, blockages, power. Don’t think about how your body “should” move. Observe it as it moves.

Step 7: Treat each shot as an experiment. How good can you make each shot feel?

Step 8: Once your shot is feeling really good, repeat again and again. Make sure each shot feels great!

Step 9: When it feels right, stop shooting for the day. That’s probably what your body can learn today. Now give it a rest to incorporate all the changes it made.

 

Bonus steps:

The Straight Path and the Perfect Skill System

The key to Feel Your Body Learning is to experiment with many different styles of moving. Often players heard some Drone Advice and can’t get it out of their head. And they don’t even think about it anymore. It’s so ingrained. And they don’t realize how badly it is holding them back.

So you need to really do different things and test how they feel to break the Drone Coach spell.  We call these movement experiments.

Another way is to use the Straight Path and Perfect Skill System. With this system, you compare your movement with NHLers visually. You might rightly point out that this stops becoming a Feel Your Body Learning System if you’re looking at visual information. But the key is that the visual information is used to give you hints on your next movement experiment. Instead of testing 12 really different and weird hand positions, you test the hand position that you see Ovechkin using. Then you test the one that Kessel uses. Then you test the one Matthews uses. Your NHL inspired movement experiments are more likely to generate the right FEELING faster than if you tried 12 random movement experiments.

Use the steps of the Feel Your Body Learning System to become a feel-based learner. On the way, you can become a more consistent performer under pressure. Meanwhile, you become Drone Coach Resistant.

Good luck!

-Jason

 

January 28, 2018

How to Skate Like McDavid – Part 3 (Ankle Flexibility Secret)

How to Skate Like McDavid – Part 3 (Ankle Flexibility Secret)

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If you want to learn how skate like McDavid, you need to understand the mechanics behind his stride. We say this often, but these NHL stars are NOT fleshy bags of magic (Thanks to Scott Adams for that term). There are mechanical principles behind their magic. That’s why we call them the Magic Mechanics.

Often overlooked in hockey: ankle mobility. One way that McDavid is able to put freakish force into the ice is with uncommon ankle mobility. In this video we see evidence of this with his off-ice training. And we examine the biomechanics behind why it matters.

Ankle mobility often holds players back from being able to put force into the ice. Not downward force into the ice. But laterally. Skaters like McDavid allow their ankles to “go soft” – which means that the ankle relaxes and the skate is allowed to tip over. This lets the edge dig into the ice.

Most skaters have rigid ankles. They look at “ankle skaters” and sneer – but their own rigidity is holding them back. When you have soft ankles, you reduce the tension of the muscles around your ankle joints and flow like water on the ice.

The effect is like a cart on a rail. From that place of stability, stars like McDavid are able to generate a ton of speed and agility while maintaining balance and control.

If you’d like to learn more about how to skate like McDavid, you can learn more here because he’s a fast skater.

– Jason