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Last week Martial looked at Block 5, this time we look at one of the newer blocks, number 7, Nacho – Nacho.
The diagrams and colors refer to this Stairstep formation (right), as previously described:
Construction: make sure that there is some good space between the 2 snowflakes (blue and red pieces). If it’s too tight it could be difficult for the Yellow and Green pieces to start turning and collisions could occcur (for example between Green B and Blue B.)
Start: Yellow A and Green A check their side (left might be better than right) and give the key when they look at each other.
The arrows show the direction for the start of each piece. Red and blue pieces will try to work with each other in perfect coordination without chasing the yellow or green pieces. Yellow and green will use the same techniques than Block 6 (compare block 6 HERE). The goal is to turn the piece perfectly in place, around the centerpoint , their the middle hand grip. The pieces really doesn’t need to translate in this block. A perfect fast 360° turn will be more efficient than any other technique.
A perfect fast 360° turn will be more efficient than any other technique.
This first intermediate picture shows a bipole picture between Red B and Blue B. To get to this point, they start their move in a “tracking forward” attitude and not in a “turning attitude”. To help this move, Red A and Blue A will have to “open the door” trying to manage staying right on the NE-SW line and not over-rotate. For this, they need to anchor their left knee after the first 90° turn (see little stars).
Important: Red B and Blue B have to continue their move until they pass the NE-SW line (see the little arrows). If they hit the brakes in the bipole picture shown, then Red A and Blue A will have to to go around and that’s not good for the rest of the block! The set-up for the yellow and green pieces looks like an opposite donut at this moment.
Red B and Blue B start their move in a “tracking forward” attitude and not in a “turning attitude
This picture shows the area where Red B and Blue B will stop. It shows them passing the NE-SW line with their whole bodies. This gives Red A and Blue A the chance to move straight forward to their target (see next picture). In the meantime, the yellow and green pieces continue their turn. Green B and Yellow B are to face in quickly to match distance and levels with the blue and red pieces. They will have to move back in (see the little arrows).
This picture shows the area where Red B and Blue B will stop
At this time, Red A and Blue A aim to the center in a “move forward” attitude, aiming to feed their knees to Yellow A and Green B, close enough to be caught. Red B and Blue B try to help them doing so.
Important: Red B and Blue B must not keep turning after they pass the NE-SW line before Red A and Blue A have started moving, because this makes it hard for Red A and Blue A to manage their moves. At this time, Red A and Blue A need to take the initiative and control the piece. Green A and Yellow A are about to finish their move and have to hold their ground to present a target to Red A and Blue A.
Red A and Blue A need to take the initiative and control the piece.
When RA and BA are about to touch YA and GA, they need to stop and hold they ground. They have to anchor their left knee. This will offer a target to YA and GA who will try to catch this grip as soon as possible. These 2 early grips are important to have a good finish of the block. Red B and Blue B have to act to help make this happen. If they overturn and try to give their right knee to Green B and Yellow B too soon (without aiming these two early grips), the finish of the block is not guaranteed.
Green B and Yellow B have to offer a good target to Blue B and Red A. They have to manage proximity and levels. They can go for the grip if necessary but without chasing it out of position.The grip should come to them anyway.
This block looks pretty simple but it's definitely not!
This block looks pretty simple but it's definitely not! Different levels in the pieces is one of the biggest potential problems. Pay attention to this by good referencing between the pieces.
Key: Same as the start (Yellow A and Green A).
The video below shows good technique for Block 7, Nacho - Nacho.
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