How to Learn ANY EXTREME Sport

How to Learn ANY EXTREME Sport

Hey guys, do you struggle with learning a
technical extreme sport? I’ve made this video to help you based on
my experience in 4 different extreme sports. I think I have a pretty good overview of the
important parts and I’m not keeping the secret for myself. Try these tips and see that they work. This video will also give you motivation in
case you’re about to quit a sport. So let’s start. I’ll talk about independent things, this is
not an agenda but I can sum up the video something like this:
You need knowledge and abilities, time and if you manage these well, you will achieve
anything. I’ll talk about these in way more details
in a second, but to quickly overview: Knowledge: is a prerequisite, don’t start
anything without this. How to build up a solid knowledge? Probably by using the internet, if you’re
lucky, talking to people in person. Learn from the average of the tips you receive. Watching only pros might deceive you, their
technique can be so good, so their style hide important details. Extreme sports are relatively new. The makers of the tutorials are not teachers. Unless they taught 20 people of the same trick,
there is a high chance that they forget something from their tutorials. For example There are no two identical tutorials
for a webster on youtube. This is the reason you want to make an average
of the tips you hear, plus you need to understand why something is working. Time:
Long term motivation tips will come here like how to get friends to train with, because
your knowledge worth nothing if you don’t practice. I’ll also mention other hints like frequency
of the trainings, games you can play and traveling. It’s hard to speak generally about extreme
sports but I’ll try get as close as possible to provide you valuable tips. Now, the details about: Knowledge and ability. You need to understand the moves Logically,
You need to train Physically, You need to know Mentally,
that you will succeed, fully commit when you do it, and on a long term not to give up if
you want to land something difficult. All 3 are important, but the ratio can be
different in each trick, for example: mostly technical: a btwist. A Physically hard one: jumping on a box with
your 10+ kgs ski gear, which is on the other hand technically and mentally easy. A mentally hard one, but otherwise fairly
easy example is a backflip. Technical part
To learn anything: you absolutely need to understand what’s going on (logically). There is no guarantee that the tutorials can
tell you the key points. For example: You can’t see the exact power,
angle or other details that you need to understand in order to execute a trick correctly. It’s your task to find these out and practice. Eventually this is what you’ll experience:
Also watch tips from multiple people and create an average in your head. If you pay attention to guys with medium skills
that can be also helpful. Maybe you even spot a mistake on their technique. All in all you need to be absolutely sure
what’s working and why. If no expert is around you, you need to record
yourself with a phone and compare your tries to other clips to spot the mistakes. If you don’t monitor your technique, you might run into a dead end and practice forever without success. Two important things about this. First, compare set ups for a trick, small
details like foot placement. Use more than just one reference. Secondly compare the tempo of the tricks,
how much time you should spend in each phase. These 2 are equally important. Watch for your posture. Recognize if you have some physical limitation
to reach your goal, maybe you need more muscle strength or stretch. Then train those before you force landing
a trick. More details about harmful forcing in the
commitment section. You can also learn more about the tools you
use. I remember this was the board that skyrocketed
my skill back then. It was years later when I recognized I was
using a w-concave narrow board which was very easy to handle as a kid. 2 Physical part. Your muscles need to develop for certain activities. No shortcuts here. They develop with different speed. Sometimes you just need a couple of weeks
to land something clean, but for example if you start a frontflip from zero, you’ll needs
years because your core develops very slowly. Additionally it takes 2-8 weeks for your muscles to actually grow, until that only your brain registers the need. It is advised to take a 2-3 days break per muscle before you continue with the strengthening exercises. During that time your muscles will regenerate. It’s per muscle, so it’s fine to do abs training
on monday, then legday on tuesday. Muscle memory: key takeaway: really without
going too deep into this: Your brain is super good on memorizing robotic
movements. If you learn it the wrong way it will be hard
to correct. What you can do is that you stop practicing
difficult tricks when you’re tired or the conditions are not satisfying, like grass
is too slippery or it’s dark and you can’t see the landing. You don’t want to memorize any bad stuff. Stretch after the trainings, for several reasons. It’s good for your muscles, good for your
posture, and good for your style. Believe in yourself, but be aware of your
conditions. Tricks are not legendary achievements, you
will get anywhere safely if you practice consistently. You can build everything from zero with baby steps, just find your weak points and be honest to yourself. Is there something you can’t do in a certain
way? You can try slower, safer then get confidence
and make your way up. 3 When you commit. Never underestimate the power of committing. Typical example: the backflip. You do need some core strength, but most importantly
commitment. As you progress in any sport, you try new
and harder things, but only when you feel ready to. You should avoid skipping any steps. It’s different to be ready technically and
mentally. Quick story: I was practicing 50-50 grind
when I was a kid. Then a woman walked by and told me I’ll break
my neck. Usual story so far, but next to the woman
there was a child with down syndrome. I saw that disabilities exist and I’ll injure
myself by my own will. I couldn’t land anything later on that day. The opposite also works but more about that
in the motivation section. Here are my tips on how to overcome fear:
Your self evaluation should match your skill level (meaning: when you’re not ready logically
+ physically, don’t do it / on the other hand when you’re absolutely ready, don’t fear doing
it.) You fall a couple of times, that give you
confidence. You can train anything, including safety falls. You should try to learn by taking small steps,
go for tricks which are not far from your previous step, and still expect mistakes and
falls. If you decide to commit, don’t change your
mind in the middle. You can change your mind right before executing,
but if you started it, you need to finish the move. If you can’t commit, you’re not ready yet. Which is fine, you need to work more on something
from what I mentioned earlier. I never injured myself doing btwists on ice
with the correct technique, only when I didn’t fully commit. I know you can’t really commit when you try
something for the first time right? But that’s why I told you to build from smaller
steps. If you understand these, it might save you
from quitting a sport. TIME
Moving to the second big section, which is time. First a quick tip about the trainings, then
a lot of motivational tips. Sometimes you need repetitive training to
learn something. I mean real training. For example freestyle skiers train a lot on
trampolines, pools, big airbags. What you see is a huge trick on the slope,
but there is actually a lot of work behind it. Sadly for some moves it’s not enough to train
once in a month. You, can barely maintain your skill level
with that so it will take forever to improve. If you see you’re struggling with a trick
AND you’re sure that your technique is correct, then go for a 2-3 weeks intense training and
you might be able to learn that trick in that timeframe. Now motivation. People
My personal number 1 motivation is people that I send together with. For me it’s not about a goal that I want to
achieve, it’s the road that leads there with these people. You simply have to get mates you do your sport
with. And it’s easier than you think. Just walk up to these people and say, hey
I really like what you’re doing, can you help me out with something. Ask about when they practice. Tell them maybe you join 1-2 times to get
more help. These are individual sports, you’re not joining
a football team or anything where you pull back the team with your low skills. If there is nobody around, just start it. If everybody waited for others, no one would
have done anything. Social media can help you gather a team. My first ice skating movie shows how we started
back then. I got negative critics that this was embarrassing
and amateur, and truth is they were right, but nothing really existed back then. Thank god I didn’t listen to these people
and didn’t stop freestyle ice skating. What the community has become since then is
astounding Games
Overlooked. No, actually THIS is the way I started ice
skating. You join at any skill level any you have fun. Games exist in all sports, for example game
of skate, bboy battles, and I already made 2 ice skating game tutorials. This is the reason for them. A great way to have fun (and to learn). I’m really curious what are your biggest motivation
guys, maybe I missed something, so feel free to share it with a comment. I have some other things that can motivate
you: Traveling: you meet new people, see and even
learn new tricks, Watching pro videos before going out: I did
it a lot when I was skateboarding, there is a lot of content there, it can be a great
help when you catch the feeling Or listening music while you’re doing your
favourite sport. for how long can you do extreme sports? Well, I’m almost 32 and I’m better than ever. Lastly, mindset motivation
Whatever trick you’re learning there is always somebody who eats that for breakfast. Don’t compare your progress to others. This is only about you. Planning something risky? Let your risk – gain ratio decide
What do you risk for what benefit. Does it worth it? It’s only you who makes the decision. Fun scientific fact: wearing protective gear
makes you braver. Watch out for the clean technique even if
something protects you. Doing extreme sports is difficult everywhere. These are too underground. There are no dedicated places, no culture. We have to accept these and force our way
through. It took me 2 or 3 years to find a gym where
I can train now. In fact the original script here was that
I’m still searching, but just found one when making this video. We saw that style comes with hard work. We need to train hard for some tricks, but
don’t let this disappoint you. There is still a lot freedom in these sports. It’s not a must to do research and training,
but it does help a lot if you shoot for results. A couple of years already passed when a guy
taught me how to stop the rotation on skis, I wish I was searching for that information
so much earlier. Lastly, remember this. Failure is not the opposite of success, its
part of it. The opposite is giving
up or not even trying. Than you guys who are still with me, I have
a similar video for freestyle ice skaters and a lot of other ice skating related stuff
on my channel. See you soon, have a nice icy day!

15 thoughts on “How to Learn ANY EXTREME Sport

  1. Your level and skills are my motivation. I am from Russia and I am 34 and I study in your tutorials for the second winter. I watch videos with subtitles many times (I’m not good with English). Thank you for the work. You are cool. Good luck and be healthy.

  2. Thank you Nagyerdei for this video and for the channel! Though I watched many videos about skating, you were like a mentor to me. From you I got the inspiration and the right attitude to learning. This is very important.
    From my experience i figured out two main things about achieving anything.
    1) You must really WANT to achieve your goal. This means you:
    _a) know what EXACT level you want to achieve,
    _b) why you need this (what benefits you get) and
    _c) believe in what you're doing step by step. You should enjoy getting better, not only suffer all the way up.
    2) You must define what steps will get you to your goal. You should see the whole way clearly, every singe excercise, topic or element. Do them all systematically, from simple to complex, without exclusions.
    I started learned ice skating all by myself at the age of 27. Before this I used to skate like 2 – 3 times a season just for fun, but my skill was so low, i could literally only skate forward without falling down.
    One day i saw guys who skated like gods as it seemed to me then. Their style was something different from the academic figure skating or hockey power skating, where you push yourself to the limit of your body. The movements were smooth, natural and variative, guys really enjoyed what they were doing. Then something clicked in my mind, I realized I want to skate like this, to be free to create something on the ice.
    So I knew what I want to be, but didn't know how. I started with the basics, found the program for beginner hockey players and defined what skating elements i must learn to be a consistent skater. I went through all the excercises, even if they seemed stupid or boring, learned simple movements and only then went over to the complex ones. Of course, I often tried new things ahead, but never quit excercising simple ones before they were perfect. I also focused on doing things both on the strong and weak side. Youtube was my learning book.
    Step by step, it took me about 2 winter seasons (3-4 times a week) to become just a good skater. Then I tried inline roller skating, to keep my shape during summer. It was so much fun! I explored my city, saw new places and met many interesting people. It gave me new experience, enriched the technique in new ways and also improved balance, stability and stamina. Only after that, when I touched the ice with the blades I realized I am ready for freeskating. I got the balance, edge control and confidence to go on and try something I dreamt of. And I went on to grapevine, triangle, stops and so on…
    Now I've reached the level I initially wanted and already set new goals for myself. I skate quite well, perform freeskating elements and really enjoy what I do on the rink. But there is still much to improve and learn.
    Learing new moves is like drugs. It's an awesome feeling, when you realize you stepped beyond what average people do, you have a decent set of tricks and moves, and you really feel your potential. The freedom to create is a reward worth struggling for.

  3. thank you very much! tho i have quite an experience practicing extreme sports, it is always nice and helpful to refresh the knowledge gained over years and revise even the most basic tips. love all of your videos and good spirit. stay in one piece on each and every element you try, best regards from russian subscribers 🙂

  4. Awesome Video my dude. I just got back from the ice and watched it. You are one of my biggest motivations for Ice freestyle. So two years ago I broke my leg while ice skating. And through the discovery of your channel, I saved myself from quitting the sport. So Thanks for all the great tutorials and this video.
    Greetings from Germany

  5. 5:01 ~ It's not only the brain memorizing robotic movements. Lots of people say something about muscle memory. But that is actually not right. Muscles have no memory whatsoever. All we do is train our nervous system (and muscle strength and agility). When my legs jump into balance recovery when I lose balance, my brain doesn't think about it. It just happens. When I fall asleep I sometimes have a feeling of losing balance. Then I feel my legs tense up to recover that balance.

    But all in all very correct tips!

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