Persistance is key....
Before i go on, I want to thank Matt Bailey for his dexing advice, breaking down an ATW into its components and slowing things down really helped, and also a big thank you to Frank_Sinatra aka Nathan Andersen for taking time out to write me a detailed and constructive PM full of advice for all the components of my game. I took time out to read through some of his blog too, I was especially interested to read that he too also had, in his words, a "week long existential crisis".
Last night, I must have drilled ATW for a good two hours in total, taking time to learn the time I had to make the dex move, shadowing the move without the bag and focusing on control over speed.
The result... I managed to land ATW seven times on my good side.
I think i might have startled the neighbours a few times with my overly joyous screaming and celebrating, but i dont care. I hit it, and then, just to show it wasnt a fluke, hit it six more times over the course of the evening. I feel godlike
I had meant to capture it all on video, but I just got so wrapped up in what I was doing it slipped my mind.
I have to say I was quite shocked at the amount of time that you do have to get back under the bag again. It really isnt as rushed a maneuver as Id first expected, and thats made me look at the other fundamentals such as legovers in a whole new light.
For now, I think Its time to take stock of what I am capable of, and drill nothing but that so that I have all the basics down with absolute conistency, the overall aim being to be able to produce 20+ contact kickless runs whenever I want to. My drills over the next week are likely to be
clipper > ss clipper > rpt
inside > op inside > rpt
atw's both directions, both feet.
Ill get some more footage over the weekend too, I reckon my next big struggling point is likely to be clipper > op clipper, but unless im getting 10 out of 10 on my same-side drills I wont be going there just yet.
Looks like we're in for a sunny weekend here in the UK, so im looking forward to a whole weekend of freestyling, more than likely some net, and fingers crossed, a few hours up at the beach introducing a few friends to my latest and favouritest obsession