Skydive SAFETY – The CRUX
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This manual, written by World Champion Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld is unique. It's the most complete work on 4-way in existence, covering everything you need to perform at your best.
Dan BC, a founding member of Airspeed and multiple 4- and 8-way World Champion, developed a training system through his competition experience and coaching so many teams at novice and world class levels. His system works. His personal and coached teams consistently performed at their best in competition and often won – three consecutive and different Women's World Champion 4-way teams for instance – Synchronicity, Storm and Airkix. This series outlines his training system in 20 separate articles – each complete in itself and together building a comprehensive 4-way Manual covering every topic in detail. Some articles are extracts from Dan's motivational book, Above All Else.
(Each linked to previous and next articles)
Developing the skill of trusting our instincts, so you can relax, have faith in your training and let it happen.
Training the skill of trusting our instincts – don’t think too little, don’t think too much
Getting in the zone - the perfect flow state where we perform at our best
Calm, communication, confidence and control mean you can choose to excel
Building mental imagery so powerful you 'see' everything, you 'feel' the wind, you 'hear' the plan and you 'feel' the emotion
Making your best into your average by defining your best, knowing how to deliver it, and committing to delivering it
It’s time to just gun it. Keep the pedal to the floor and find out how far you can push it. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
The formula to our achieving true peak performance: 1, Being well trained; 2, Zero performance anxiety; 3, Being calm, determined and just a little bit pissed off.
4-way competition; rules, scores and dive pool explained in basic terms from the very beginning
Understanding the five tools for success. Balancing qualities; flying fast but smooth; calm yet aggressive; efficient moves while staying perfectly in synch
Point, Tail and Center slots explained, their characteristics, and how to choose the right person for each position
Learning to skydive as one team instead of four individuals – sensing when the team is ready and using key speed to direct the team’s rhythm
Level One Random Work – Stop Drills, the most effective tool to train good random work and build a solid foundation
Adding speed to randoms in three different stages
First points, mid-pictures and stopping the block. Landing the close every time
Understanding the different sequences of jumps and what to expect – all randoms, all blocks, mixed, and slot switchers
Dirtdiving, walk-throughs, creeping and exits.
Reviewing the video, communicating positively and making a plan to improve
Dividing your training jumps into 8 sections, with different formations and goals at each stage till the final, most important competition