5 Technical Ski Moves you Should Consider Learning

We are almost halfway through the year, which means that we are slowly approaching the colder years of the year. For the lucky few of us, this means that we will soon be able to head off to the slopes and enjoy some skiing. Some of you may already be browsing places like Snow Gaper for brand new gear for the season. Some of you didn’t get the chance to hit the slopes last year, which means that we may be a bit rusty and in need of some practice. Instead of practicing the basic moves that we all know, why not try something more technical? Here are 5 technical ski moves you should consider learning.

 

Double Cork

This move is for people with a more advanced skill set. If you are someone that is already confident with jumps and generally being in the air, then you may want to push your own physical abilities. This move requires you to do an upright flip not once, but twice. This move requires excellent timing and a lot of confidence as you have to try and maneuver your body in order to achieve the final cork.

The Ollie

Though you are encouraged to learn this move quite early on, this move is still considered to be quite difficult. The main reason to learn how to Ollie is in order to get more air time and speed when you are in the air, which will give you the opportunity to practice other moves or get ahead in the instance that you are racing or just playing competitively with friends.

Air to Fakie

This move is so popular due to the general effect that it has. If you manage to pull this move off, then you are bound to impress anyone that is able to see you. This move requires you to complete a jump and turn 180 degrees while mid-air, landing the opposite way that you landed. This move is exceptionally tricky to get right and is much easier when done on a snowboard rather than just standard skis, but if you manage to work it out on normal skis then your move will only be more impressive.

Zero-point spin

This move is all about getting some good air and reaching some impressive heights. If you complete this move correctly, then you can expect to reach 20 ft in the air, which would give you the chance to really stretch your muscles and show off the other moves that you have mastered. This move can be extremely dangerous, so it is important to remember not to push yourself past your physical capabilities and slowly build up to these heights.

Switch Triple

This move is so rare because it requires you to be able to start off backward, which means that you lack a lot of the visibility that you usually have. If you are someone that wants to impress on the slopes, then learning this move will really make you stand out.

BJJ Vs Muay Thai: The Ups and Downs of Both

Due to the number of limitations that we all had to follow last year, now that we have a lot more freedom, many of us are looking into trying new things. Many of us are also eager to engage with our fellow humans, so we are looking into group activities.

A great way to make connections with other people is to take part in self-defensive classes. Some of the most popular self-defensive classes you can take are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai. As much as we would like it, not all of us have the time to take on both, but it can be hard to decide which one is more worthwhile. In order to make the deciding process easier, we are going to break down the ups and downs of both.

 

Injury

Though this may seem obvious, it is important to make the physical risks of both well known. Both put you equally at risk of sustaining an injury. However, unless you explore competitive matches, then the damage that you will sustain will be minimal.

In both sports, you can expect to spar with people as part of your training. While in training you can experience all of your usual bruises or cuts, but for the most part, this is nothing to worry about. As you become more advanced, you may open yourself up to more injury. Luckily this can be easily mended through the use of protective gear. Depending on where you choose to train, the gear may be provided for you. However, if the company that you decide to go with doesn’t offer the gear, you may have to purchase it for yourself,  which can be pricey. However, can you really put a price on your own safety? Getting the right kit and picking the right headgear is important when ensuring your own physical wellbeing and it is something you will have to do with both sports.

 

Which is Safer

If you are someone that is worried about physical injury, then you may want to focus on the sport that puts your body at the least risk. Dismissing competition level play, when it comes to training you can expect to experience more injuries from BJJ than Muay Thai. Though they both have their risks, on average the training for Muay Thai is much less demanding than BJJ. When it comes to Muay Thai training you can expect to experience bruises and bumps, but with BJJ you are much more likely to experience sprains and even broken bones

Any good company will ensure the safety of all of its trainers, however, mishaps happen and injuries occur, so if you want to avoid this we would recommend Muay Thai.

 

Which is More Powerful

Both arts of fighting will put you in a great position if you were to ever need to use them. In terms of which one is more powerful, we will have to give it to BJJ. Muay Thai is focused mainly on standing combat, so kicks and blocks. Though this can put you in quite a powerful position when applied to real-life situations someone that has practiced Muay Thai may find themselves struggling.

BJJ teaches you to overpower your opponent and even take them on when they are on the ground, which is useful for taking down someone that could be considered to be bigger and more powerful than you. If you are someone that is small and feels as though this would benefit you, then we could recommend going with BJJ.