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8-way Block 5

Stairstep (exit) formation for color coding — by Martial Ferré
Stairstep (exit) formation for color coding — by Martial Ferré

Opposed Crank – Opposed Crank

In the first article in this series, Martial Ferré gave an introduction to 8-way, defined a classification system. Now each week he will explain the technique for one of the blocks. This week, it’s number 5, Opposed Crank – Opposed spinning four sidebody pieces.

Color Coding:

The diagrams and colors refer to the Stairstep formation show on the right, as previously described (recap HERE)

Phase 1, Block 5 — by Martial Ferré
Phase 1, Block 5 — by Martial Ferré

Phase 1:

Construction: The center snowflake should be straight and not too much bend like a zigzag. If so, the outsiders (Blue B, Yellow A, Red B, Green A) might have difficulties to grip on the leg on their own piece partner.

Key: Blue A check with Red B and Red A check with Blue B. Key is given when Blue A and Red A look at each other.

Start: The arrows show the directions for the start of the turns. Red A and Blue A start the block turning out 90° to an offset bipole picture (see phase 2), parallel to the center line east-west. Green B and Yellow B turn out 90° too and aim for a bipole picture (Green B with Red A, Yellow B with Blue A).

Red A and Blue A start the block turning out 90° to an offset bipole picture
Phase 2, Block 5 — by Martial Ferré
Phase 2, Block 5 — by Martial Ferré

Phase 2:

The first intermediate picture that should happen after the first 90° impulse turn.

Note that each piece stays in its own quadrant, the insiders flying parallel to the east-west center line and the outsiders flying parallel to the north-south center line. This is important to avoid risky travel of the pieces.

each piece stays in its own quadrant
Phase 3, Block 5 — by Martial Ferré
Phase 3, Block 5 — by Martial Ferré

Phase 3:

The second intermediate picture that should happen after turning another 90° turn.

The bipole picture for Yellow A: Blue B and Red B: Green A is obvious and quite helpful to manage proximity. This proximity might be closer. In that case, and in order to avoid knee collisions, it’s important to try to cog.

in order to avoid knee collisions, it’s important to try to cog
Phase 4, Block 5 — by Martial Ferré
Phase 4, Block 5 — by Martial Ferré

Phase 4:

This is the crucial phase to achieve the block properly! The 2 outside pieces (Red B: Green B + Blue B: Yellow B) have to set up in a kind of “waiting” position at the correct place (pretty close to the north-south center line) to offer a good target to aim at for the 2 center pieces, which will have the task to connect in 2 points (center and left knee).

Attitudes: Red B and Blue B will have to hold their ground and anchor their left knee in place (see the little stars) to make sure that the piece will not overturn, will stay close and have it controlled to offer a good target to the center piece which will present the left knee for an early connection.

Advice: Green A and Yellow A will have also to anchor their right knee to avoid their piece to overturn. This action will leave the piece insider more control for the finish of the turn.

This is the crucial phase to achieve the block properly!
Phase 5, Block 5 — by Martial Ferré
Phase 5, Block 5 — by Martial Ferré

Phase 5:

This is the result of what has been said in Phase 4. The early connections (little stars) are not essential but they help for a cleaner and quicker finish.

Important: Note that the 2 center pieces never pass the 2 center lines (north-south and east-west). These 2 pieces should never chase the rear piece. They have to turn in place as much as possible. If the rear piece is out … let it come back, check with the opposite pieces first and the center point of the formation!

The biggest trap for the pieces would be to chase each other.

The biggest trap for the pieces would be to chase each other.
Finish, Block 5 — by Martial Ferré
Finish, Block 5 — by Martial Ferré

The Finish:

All the pieces will fly to the center point of the formation.

Key: same as for the start.

Other Articles in this Series

First article in series, Making 8-way Simple

Next article to come, Block 7

Get in Touch!

If you want more coaching 8-way indoor/outdoor contact Martial Ferré (martial.ferre@gmail.com) or visit his website, Veloce

This article was originally published on @srm123

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