Hey, I’m Jason.
Like you, I worked as hard as possible to make the NHL.
But I didn’t make it. I couldn’t even crack pro.
I blamed myself for not trying hard enough. For not being good enough. For getting stuck. Why did my hockey training fail me?
I always wondered what was behind the surprising success of the stars. Why were they able to look so good on the ice? Especially when I was trying so hard, but struggling to keep up.
What I found won’t surprise you. It’s not magic. It’s mechanics.
The thing was: No one was teaching the mechanics behind the magic.
During my last season of college hockey at the University of British Columbia (Top 35 school in the world), everything changed. I used the latest research from my degree, my playing experience, and my growing coaching business to create a revolutionary system. I created an approach to studying the mechanics and habits of NHLers. And then teaching it. To myself. And then to others.
And then, after two years of “retirement” (studying, teaching, learning) I was offered a 3-year pro contract in the KHL! It was my dream come true to play professional hockey. And I was pretty damn lucky to receive the opportunity. And to be prepared when it came.
Enough about me…
The most important thing to me is that you, the player, comes first. This means that the hocket training you receive actually work.
Here at Train 2.0, expect a rigorous, relentless, and scientific approach to hockey training. And expect to be surprised when what you learn feels like magic. And then you’ll smile as you learn what has been kept from you.
How The Next Version Of Hockey Training – Train 2.0 Works
We research the Mechanics and Patterns of NHLers with our proprietary 3-Step System. We start with the end in mind: achieving an observable game outcome. Then we work backward to establish patterns. Then we break down the individual mechanics of the patterns.
We instruct players based on our research. We use an approach called “The Straight Path”. We use the latest science in accelerated learning to get players to their goals as quickly and as smoothly as possible. The Straight Path is a 4-Step process that involves 80/20 Analysis, Expert Modelling, Sequencing, and Visual Feedback.
We do what drone coaches don’t. We see if our teaching is working. We get feedback from players. We watch how quickly they learn the Magic Mechanics and Patterns of the Pros. And if we think they can learn it faster, we figure out how.
Do You Play With Instinct?
Most hockey players today are playing well below their potential. Playing with unnatural movements taught by “expert” coaches.
Players who move with the Magic Mechanics move with instinct. When they move with instinct, everything is automatic.
When everything is automatic, players take advantage of their opponents.
That’s when the fun starts. Because we help players create killer NeuroLinks. This is real brain wiring between opportunities and rewards. We show players the opportunities. And then we show them how to get the rewards.
When players master the NeuroLinks that make up the Patterns of the Pros, they go from anticipating to manipulating. We call these players hockey wizards.
The truth is that you have a natural instinct for the game. Let’s bring it out and make it stronger.
The Science Of Natural Instinct
The difference between the “Naturals” and everyone else is…it looks natural to them. But what does “natural” mean?
It means unconscious movement. Unbridled freedom. And complete expression of the human body.
Most players do not trust their movement because their mechanics are sketchy at best. For the hockey wizards with the Magic Mechanics, it’s just so easy for them.
So how do you teach unconscious movement? Freedom of movement? And the expression of the human body?
Simple. With the Magic of Sequencing.
What is Sequencing?
You’ve probably read some of my blog articles. Maybe watched some videos. And you’ve thought deeply about the theory and evidence behind this knowledge.
But like me, you probably wonder how to use this knowledge to get results in games.
The theory is easier than the execution. And that’s where sequencing comes in.
Sequencing is the process of breaking complex skills down to basic parts. Then layering one skill step at a time on top of the base layer of skill. The learner only ever takes one skill step at a time. And like a stairway, each skill step leads to another.
Sequencing also puts players in a state of flow while learning. And as the research indicates, flow state learning is the fastest type of learning.
Why Coaches Suck At Sequencing
Like dominoes, if you want to knock over the entire stack, you can’t just choose a random domino.
You find the lead domino – and the whole stack goes down.
Without a proper understanding of mechanics, motor learning theory, and a strong evidence base – coaches do not know which domino to knock over.
The System For Turning Knowledge Into Results
If players want to take the knowledge and turn it into results, they need a system. A system that takes knowledge and then helps players apply it.
At Train 2.0, our system is called “The Learning Engine” (Research, Instruction, Interaction). We use the three pillars to gather the best evidence-based knowledge, teach it to players using sequencing, then gather feedback to see if our sequence was like a cascade of dominos – or a hot mess. We constantly iterate on our instructions to get closer and closer to a cascade of dominos. And by the time you notice it working, it might be too late.
MORE ABOUT JASON…
Creator of Train 2.0
Jason is a professional hockey player (HC Kunlun Red Star), Kinesiologist and the Head Coach & Founder of Train 2.0. Jason operates Train 2.0 while playing professionally in Asia and in Europe – and offers private coaching and camps in Vancouver, BC.
How I Learned What I Learned
Good enough to be elite. But not enough to be a natural.
When I started training for hockey, I realized that I was good. But I wanted to be better.
So I consumed all the hockey resources that existed.
Eventually, I reached a point where the resources couldn’t help me.
I’d been to all the skating and stickhandling camps. But I didn’t feel natural. And I couldn’t understand why.
I decided to study Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia because I felt that I could use the knowledge to further my hockey career – and also further my coaching career at the same time. I started to realize that if I taught as I learned, I learned faster. This formed the basis of the Three Pillars of the Learning Engine: Research, Instruct, Interact.
Three courses and one volunteer experience shaped my outlook on hockey training: Motor Learning, The Neuromechanics of Human Movement, and Functional Anatomy – plus volunteering to do movement analyses.
In Motor Learning, I learned the laws that govern human motor learning. I learned that if you use the right scientific principles, the pace of learning is incredible. I learned that anyone can become an expert mover at any age if you align yourself with the right principles of learning.
In the Neuromechanics of human movement, I literally learned the mechanics of the body’s wiring. These understandings changed how I viewed human movement. How natural movement is a mixture of a bounce and a fall. And how most strength and conditioning trains this out of athletes. I learned how most movement is unconscious and controlled by the spinal cord. When that didn’t match up to my hockey experience, I realized I needed to do more work in this area. I later found that type of “fall” and “bounce” movement doesn’t have the correct language to describe it. This makes it hard to teach. And since it’s hard to teach, most coaches don’t even try to. That’s why I’m working hard to develop the language in this area and to show what those mechanics are.
In Functional Anatomy, I learned how each muscle is involved in movement. We had to memorize every muscle and every attachment and explain how it contributed to movement. In order to study, I’d memorize the contribution of each muscle to common hockey movements. While I memorized what I thought was correct hockey movement, the muscle alignments didn’t always make sense to me. So I realized I needed to learn more there as well. What I found was that there were ways of moving that are way more efficient than the typical coaching instructions. I was so athletic (but not a natural) that I could listen to a coach and emulate exactly what they said. But this caused problems because I could emulate their wrong advice perfectly. Once I learned how each muscle contributed to each movement, I started to realize how I could move more efficiently. Then I began teaching those mechanics to students.
Lastly, I once volunteered to do movement assessments of athletes. This involved watching each athlete perform 4 movements from two angles. I had to know how if that athlete’s foot caved by even a millimeter. Or maybe their pelvis tilted. Were their shoulders protracted? I had to see that with my eye. And I had to do it quickly – because I had lots of videos to go through. This led to me walking around campus and judging everyone’s foot strike, walking gait and posture – with freakish accuracy. I even did a movement assessment of my future girlfriend to ensure she’d be fit for… well you know… Little did I know, this formed the foundation of my hockey movement analyses.
My last season of College Hockey, I asked myself why I couldn’t achieve my 10 year goal in 6 months. I thought about what I would have to do in order to achieve that result. So I bought a GoPro and secretly recorded video of all my practices – which I broke down after. I bought a PVR and recorded all the NHL games on TV. Then I watched NHL defensemen and traced their movements. Whatever they could do that I couldn’t, I’d practice the next day at practice. I didn’t achieve my goal of playing pro hockey in 6 months. But after two years of “retirement”, teaching this system to my students, I ended signing a professional deal in the KHL.
I share this with you so that you might retrace my steps to push this knowledge even further. I wasn’t a natural – but I was good enough to be elite – and driven enough to understand why. Hard work didn’t hold me back. Knowledge of the right things held me back. I hope that I’m pushing the knowledge so that knowledge doesn’t hold you back. That if you’re willing to work hard, you get out what you put in.