Topic: The 10/10 Challenge
I had a wonderful, life changing time in Germany, but I was disappointed in one thing in particular: Almost everyone, including myself, said at least once, "I have not had the time/desire/drive/to practice my cracking. I'm not so good at it."
This is ridiculous for members of a whip cracking community, made up of people that should be upstanding examples of the craft, to sit around talking about cracking properly, without knowing what "proper" actually is.
Adam Winrich posts routines all the time. ALL THE TIME. He is loud, proud, and rough with his craft, yet there he is--the shining example and first in line to introduce the sport to the public. He is also the shining example of eventual torn rotator cuffs, tendinitis, arthritic elbows, carpal tunnel, and the future poster child for prosthetic joints. We cannot sit around, as a community who should be setting an example ourselves, complaining about too loud and too fast without setting the example ourselves about how elegant and beautiful and healthful whip cracking can be.
We are lucky enough to have a first hand teacher at our disposal, advice, support, integrity, wonderful DVDs explaining cracking AND teaching others how to do this safely at our disposal as well. What in the hell are we doing at a Whip Basic's meet and greet saying, "I am not so good at cracking, I haven't practiced for months." ????
So here we go. I pose a challenge-- and at a perfect time, as we have 2 new members anxious to learn. 10 minutes every day for 10 days we practice 1 new crack. One. Set the egg timer and go. Post what crack you are working on this session and as the days go by, post struggles you are having--"I hit myself, I feel I am throwing the whip too hard, I am not getting any kind of crack, my arm hurts, I have arthritis and need advice on how to work around it," etc. The others in the group will offer advice. If you are able or willing, post a video (I get it. Videos are hard. My time in Germany was the most photos and videos taken of me in 20 years. I HATE the camera and am extremely shy, BUT I will try to overcome because I want to be better). When the 10 days are up, we will start again with another crack. The challenge will include the same crack for everyone, despite skill level, so we can all help each other.
This will involve commitment to take 10 minutes away from TV, Facebook, quiet reading, emails, etc, every single day to practice. Do not post here with excuses. You either do it or not. If you do it, you do it every day. If you live somewhere that you are afraid the noise will cause problems, crack quietly. You can do that. You only need a patch of grass as long and as wide as the whip you are swinging.
This is a major reason why we are here, let's learn.
Session 1: Circus crack.