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January 28, 2018
How to Deke Like Kane and Crosby
Here’s a fun little video on how to Deke like Patrick Kane and how to deke like Sidney Crosby. In studying NHL video, I happened to notice that Crosby and Kane did the exact same move. Just on opposite sides of the ice. And while most coaches and players look at moves, we like to look at patterns. So what pattern of skills occurred in what order to make the move work. One explanation for these mirror patterns is that it’s a coincidence. A second is that two great NHLers are likely to have similar traits anyway. A third, and more fun, explanation is that these two players share(d) a “skills” coach: Darryl Belfry. Could it be that this is a signature Belfry pattern? Only a few guys know for sure…
August 2, 2017
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.
June 6, 2017
Are you working really hard at your game – but do you feel stuck?
The truth is that most skill development “systems” just don’t work. So it is not your fault. Here is a checklist of 5 reasons that your hockey skill development might not be working:
1: Instinct. The best players play with instinct. Their movements are automatic. They do not have to think. If you are thinking about your movement – you are not playing with instinct. If you are holding back in your movement – you are not playing with instinct. When players play with instinct – we KNOW because we see a complete expression of human movement.
2: Feel. Science and the master coaches are in agreement – it’s all about the feel. It’s a myth that each person has a different learning style. You see, each task requires a different learning style. For visual tasks you need a visual learning style. For auditory tasks you need an auditory learning style. For movement – you need a FEEL based learning style. Most coaches use “words”, “drills”, and “explanations” to coach skills. Master coaches design FEEL based learning into their skill development. They ask FEEL based questions. And so the best players who learn the fastest FEEL their way to excellence.
3. Language. Don’t think of the pink elephant! Don’t think of the pink elephant! Don’t think of the pink elephant! What are you thinking about? (I’ll read your mind: The pink elephant.) The brain does not process negative words like “don’t”, “can’t”, and “stop”. So when your brain sees “Don’t think of the pink elephant.” it only really sees “think of the pink elephant.” Most coaches use negatives to coach you. “Don’t look down.” “Don’t stand up straight.” “Don’t turn it over”. Master coaches only use positive language to focus your brain on the result that you want.
4. Wrong Mechanics. Coaches might be giving you instructions that don’t work with your body. Bend your knees, swing your arms forward, hands out are all common coaching cues. But they’re all wrong. Literally the exact opposite of NHL Mechanics. If your coach is teaching you the wrong mechanics, are you progressing at all?
5. Fear. Your progress depends on mistakes. The more mistakes – the faster your progress. Why? Because each mistake is a learning opportunity. The more learning opportunities, the faster you learn. So coaches who punish players for mistakes literally slow down learning. Get outside your comfort zone and make more mistakes to progress faster.
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May 24, 2017
You might be a fan of Steve Jobs. Or maybe you’ve heard of Apple.
Confirmation Bias Time Bombs
Science says that our brains are delusion generators.
The most fun delusion that we are faced with is Confirmation Bias because it works something like this: We have believe something – then we search for evidence that confirms our belief. At the same time, we reject evidence that contradicts our belief.
You might not think that you are susceptible to confirmation bias. That’s the fun part. Literally, no one can tell the difference between confirmation bias and truth. So you’ll never really know if you’re right or just in confirmation bias.
Of course, the idea of science is to remove confirmation bias. And it does do that to a certain degree. But not completely.
And coaching is not much of a science.
How it works in coaching
Here’s how confirmation bias usually works in coaching:
A player gets the reputation for being a skilled stud. The coach sees evidence of this when the stud dangles and scores. The coach sees unfortunate bounces when the player messes up.
A player gets the reputation for being a dud. The coach sees evidence of this when the dud turns the puck over and acts without confidence. The coach sees a lucky game when the player scores.
Let’s say that a player a playmaker – loves to pass first. But someone tells the coach that the kid is a “shoot first” player with a great shot. What happens next?
The coach puts the player in a position to shoot. When the player doesn’t shoot, the coach asks why the player isn’t shooting. When the player feels like he is expected to shoot, he starts shooting more. When the first few don’t go in, the coach is patient since the coach “knows” that the player is just getting warmed up.
Eventually the player scores. This is proof that the player is a shoot first player with a great shot.
You might think this is too simple to be true. But the simplest explanation is usually right. Or it at least sounds right. I can’t tell the difference.
Choosing the Anchor
So what if you could choose the anchor? What if you could choose how a coach saw a player. That’s the key to the reality distortion field.
Choosing an anchor is about directing focus. So if you tell a coach “this kid has a great shot” – you direct attention to the shot.
It is important to choose an anchor carefully. Choose an anchor that a coach can easily “notice” as time goes on. Hence the “time bomb” component.
Parents who are delusional about their kids abilities are great. But the ones who get upset about it are losers.
The ones who carefully craft confirmation bias time bombs will see their kids succeed at a higher level. Whatever that means to you.
Let’s say that you want to plant the idea in your coaches head that your kid is a great stickhandler. Don’t explicitly tell your coach that kid is a great stickhandler. Especially if the kid is not a great stickhandler. That is a bad idea.
Instead, ask the coach if you notice “how much my son/daughter’s stickhandling is improving?”
Do you see what we did there?
Every kid gets better at stickhandling over time. Duh.
So, every time the coach “notices” this … bing bing bing: confirmation bias.
Over time, the coach begins to notice how much the player’s stickhandling “is improving”. The coach might start to show the player new tips and techniques for stickhandling – “knowing” that the player is good at learning stickhandling. And this leads to more improved stickhandling.
The virtuous cycle continues.
Some readers may not believe me when I say that this stuff works. They probably don’t care much for cognitive science. They’ll go into “cognitive dissonance”.
The rest of you might have just had a truly enlightening experience.
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March 11, 2017
You might have guessed it, but this shot cannot be taught. It can only be understood.
The Drone Coaches do not tell you to shoot this way. They give you other “advice”.
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February 22, 2017
I explain the science behind the magic of top 6 NHLers.
The Magic isn’t some sort of mystical force. It has to do with the WAY that Top 6 NHLers learn.
The Drone Coaches and Surface Thinkers struggle with a concept I call the “Look-Feel Paradox”. The Surface Thinkers would still crash the Titanic today if they were steering it.
Drone Coaches and Surface Thinkers like to think in terms of measurable improvements. They look at your skills and hope 5% improvements will help.
Wizard coaches literally CREATE new skills. They go from 0-1. Zero to one. They find the unique parts of a player’s game that they are missing. That is holding them back. Then they plug the missing piece into the puzzle. When this happens, the results look magical.
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January 28, 2017
How To Skate Like Connor McDavid Part 2 – Does He Hypnotize NHLers?
What exactly does McDavid DO to dominate the NHL so quickly?
It might not be a mystery. But the reason is mysterious.
The reason…magic mechanics.
His movements. Not his moves. His movements hypnotize NHLers.
They are effortless. They create immediate speed. And they are not taught to you by Drone Coaches.
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January 19, 2017
Pavel Datsyuk Stickhandling Training – Was He Only Average?
In this video, I’m going to explain why you probably have more talent than Datsyuk.
Yes, that’s right.
You have more talent than Datsyuk.
You’re probably watching these clips right now and thinking that I’m nuts. And you’re right.
Datsyuk wasn’t known as the magic man because he had more talent and skill. He was known as the magic man because he had magic mechanics.
His mechanics allowed him to use less skill to achieve more magic.
Did you know that cross country skiers have way more aerobic capacity than runners? So their lungs and hearts can process oxygen way better than runners.
But if you put a skier in a race with a runner – the runner wins every time.
Why? Because the runner has better mechanics.
Datsyuk has better mechanics than most players. At Train 2.0 we call them magic mechanics.
His mechanics literally make it EASY for him to display magical skill.
Your mechanics make it hard to display magical skill. You’ve practiced all these drills to develop your hands, but the mechanics you are using are making it really hard. Kind of like the skier trying to run.
The most important part of Datsyuk’s magic mechanics is his hip movements. Everyone thinks he has the best hands. He really has the best hips.
The two things he did better than anyone is the hip scissor and the 45 degree step. I’ve mentioned both in my McDavid and Karlsson video breakdowns.
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January 13, 2017
Upgraded Skills Transitions & Leaning
Move your feet FASTER.
Drone Advice. Drone Advice. Drone Advice.
The Wizards do something different to get their Magic Speed.
Their mechanics are different.
At Train 2.0, we call them Magic Mechanics.
Because that’s how it looks to the Drones.
But not to you.
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