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Old 11-11-2010
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Default 7 stroke Freestyle

Hi all,

TI Japan coach Yukio Tanaka accomplished 7 stroke freestyle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7io29Yx4jLg

- He is 63 years old.
- His height is about 5 feet 5 inches (163cm)
- The length of the pool is 25 meters (27.3 yards)
- He started to learn TI four years ago.

What do you think?
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Great body control. What was his tempo?
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Old 11-11-2010
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He got great balance and control. It is just amazing to see the the continuous forward movement at this slow tempo even at the end of the stroke cycle.
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That is amazing! He must be quite fast at a more normal stroke count.
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Slow motion swimming, like slow motion walking, requires great balance as demonstrated in the video.

Can you please describe the process he went through to get that great balance? Mostly superman drills?

I'm interested because I obsess over attaining great balance--not so much low stroke counts. Thank you. --mjm
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Can you please describe the process he went through to get that great balance? Mostly superman drills?
His first attempt of Superman Glide was 6 repeats for 25 meter pool, which meant about 4.2 meters per glide.
Now he can do with 2 repeats, 12.5 meters per glide.
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This seems to bespeak a kind of fetishization of doing the pool in as few strokes as possible -- which is not our goal, is it? I don't really get what it has to do with real swimming -- I mean, yeah, you can push off and glide until you're stationary, and then stroke super-slowly, but that, to me, is not swimming. Can you define the goal here?
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This seems to bespeak a kind of fetishization of doing the pool in as few strokes as possible -- which is not our goal, is it? I don't really get what it has to do with real swimming -- I mean, yeah, you can push off and glide until you're stationary, and then stroke super-slowly, but that, to me, is not swimming. Can you define the goal here?

Minimal strokes or minimal superman glide pushoffs demonstrates very little resistance. Overcoming resistance is the primary determinant of efficient swimming. The DARPA study that Terry likes to refer to concluded t hat the primary reason dolphins are 80% effecient in the water, while humans about 3% efficient is due to the amazing streamlining of the dolphins body.

The further you can glide between strokes, the lower your "angle of attack" (ie you are balanced) and the more streamlined your miscelaneous appendages are (head, arms, legs, moustache, etc...)

Applying superior streamlining to a higher stroke rate willl obviously yield better results.

The slower stroke is also more meditative which is what many people find to be one of hte more attractive aspects of swimming practice.
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Coach Shinji: Coach Tanaka appears NOT to breathe during his seven strokes. Superman Glide does teach balance but not while breathing which is when swimmers, including myself, often get unbalanced.

How does one progress with balance during breathing, obviously not using superman glide? Thank you. --mjm

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Surely a world record or near it.
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