Footbag Reference: The Vasek Klouda Manual

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The Vasek Klouda Manual

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The Vasek Klouda Manual: How to Play Footbag is a 90+ page eBook written for everyone from beginners to advanced players. Dan Ednie, the IFPA Education Director spent five months from February to June in the Czech Republic in 2009. During that time he had access to the inner world of now seven-time world champion Vasek Klouda. In many ways this text is the product of those discussion, my questions and Vasek's feelings toward footbag as a sport and a lifestyle.

The book is available for download for AU$5 The text covers three core topics: How to Train Footbag, The Psychology of Footbag, and the exact trick tips that will help you to master ever set and every downtime component.

Here are two examples of what kind of discussion there is:

The Basement Analogy Vasek told me of his idea of a "good basement", and I think it is a useful tool for us in seeing our training, and the value of basics.

It's like if you you start builiding the house. You don't see the foundation, but then you start going up and you see how beautiful and strong the house is. So at the start, in the first three months, you have the feeling that you are bad, you think you are going badly. But this is the wrong pristup. You have to have know that the basics are worth learning very very well. Dont get the frustrations that you played two months and you can�t do some hard tricks.

Later in the text:

Vasek puts a big emphasis on having goals in Footbag:

If you are a boat, and you sail across the ocean, then you can go the straight line, and go there really fast, and not waste time. But if you are playing Footbag just some tricks in the circle, make some new combos but only do them once, its like you are in the middle of the ocean, you go this way for a while, then turn to another direction, and you never go anywhere.

I realised I had been going nowhere for about four years.

Then there are the exact trick tips running from toe delay through to the hardest concepts and components:

Pixie Set The set foot should be in the up position the whole way through the trick, with your toes pointed.

Key training: Smear> smudge> double atw (in to out)> repeat

This drill can also be done with smudge, but smear is harder to perform then magellan, so it needs to be one of those two tricks at first. Also try putting two double around the worlds in a row and then going to smear. When I was practicing this I found that the easiest combination to begin with was double around the world to smear, and then catch in my hand. The point of it is that when you do a double atw, you need to keep your toe set in the same position the whole time, and this should force you to keep your pixie set in the toe position the entire way through the trick.

If you let your toes point down during the pixie set the chances of dropping lower, that�s why it is so natural to do it. But it means that you can't duck it as easily and hit strong consistent sets. So it is better to do it the harder way and get more power.

Other combinations for pixies: Smear> smudge> double atw (in to out)> repeat Magellan> pixie legover> repeat.

Full download is $AU 5 (Less than $5 US)

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