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Old 09-16-2010, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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With the season approaching I'm thinking of new stuff to learn. Every time I run through a japan spin in my head I have a weird feeling like it will throw me off axis. Seems every video part I see of one is a sort of corked/off axis version of it. I'm not a new rider by any means, I figured I'd ask before hitting the park. I'm talking about doing them backside. Anyone here do them that could offer some advice? I'm fine with spinning with grabs, there's just something about it throwing me off, maybe it's just the body positioning when it's tweaked.

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Old 09-17-2010, 05:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the only time i've ever personally done a japan grab while spinning is when i was trying to go off axis so i don't really know how easy this would be to do while staying level.

to get yourself warmed up to try this i would find a good sized medium jump, you dont want anything too small because you'll need the air time to get a good tweak out of it to make it look good.

after you find a jump you feel comfortable on and hit it enough times to get the speed down start doing some backside 180s or 360s, which ever one you wanna try with the japan grab, with just a mute grab at first so you can get the feeling of doing the spin with your hand in that spot.
some people like grabbing japan outside their binding closer towards the nose cause its a little easier to tweak it back like that but i feel that a true japan is grabbed in the same spot as a mute grab with your arm on the outside of your knee so you can pull it back. you can go for which ever you feel is going to be more comfortable to try at first.

other than that all there really is to do is just practice it till you get it down. when doing the japan grab you might wanna arc your back slightly to help counteract you pulling your board back and keep you more level.

let me know if you need me to explain any part of that better.
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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the only time i've ever personally done a japan grab while spinning is when i was trying to go off axis so i don't really know how easy this would be to do while staying level.

to get yourself warmed up to try this i would find a good sized medium jump, you dont want anything too small because you'll need the air time to get a good tweak out of it to make it look good.

after you find a jump you feel comfortable on and hit it enough times to get the speed down start doing some backside 180s or 360s, which ever one you wanna try with the japan grab, with just a mute grab at first so you can get the feeling of doing the spin with your hand in that spot.
some people like grabbing japan outside their binding closer towards the nose cause its a little easier to tweak it back like that but i feel that a true japan is grabbed in the same spot as a mute grab with your arm on the outside of your knee so you can pull it back. you can go for which ever you feel is going to be more comfortable to try at first.

other than that all there really is to do is just practice it till you get it down. when doing the japan grab you might wanna arc your back slightly to help counteract you pulling your board back and keep you more level.

let me know if you need me to explain any part of that better.
Excellent idea, I have done the 180 Japans before but I end up landing on my toes, the arching the back sounds like a great idea to help this with more time in the air. I agree with you about the hand around the knee, the nose/mute/nute looks a little off in my opinion. I'm semi-willing to go off axis with it but the main worry was rotation over my toes and staying in that position when I come down. It's one of those longer in the air the farther off center you'll get thoughts, if the rotation doesn't come around right. Thanks a million though, same to you Snowolf, will be working on it this year.

Just out of pure curiosity, how do you throw the spin when going off axis and doing a japan? If it's backside isn't it counter-intuitive to go over your toes (back foot?) and reach back at the same time?

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Old 09-17-2010, 11:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've never heard of a japan spin until now. Interesting.
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