Sampras Forehand, Robert Lansdorp and Tennis Training

Pete Sampras had a great forehand.  Many he said he had one of the best on-the-run forehands of all time.   Sampras hit the forehand very flat and he DROVE through the ball often to devastating effect.      His clean hit and clean swing on the forehand side also allowed him to develop a clean attacking approach shot.

Sampras uses what is known as the “Lansdorp Forehand”   it uses a classic grip and does NOT use heavy topspin or a western-grip.    Robert Lansdorp is a famous coach who is a living legend.   He trained Sampras and Davenport and Tracy Austin and Maria Sharapova.

If you want to read some interesting opinion on training I would check out the blog that Robert has (or maybe used to have):     https://robertlansdorp.wordpress.com/philosophy/

 

Lansdorp he stresses “Discipline”      and he is big on the players being focused.   He also wants the players to spend a lot of time on repetition.   Some might say “ball after ball after ball”          He has a “tough guy” approach and he demands discipline of the player.   I think Lansdorp is a great coach and his track record really speaks for itself.    I am sure he has rubbed many people the wrong way throughout his life BUT I can say for sure, that now, in a time where American tennis is looking weak … and people are asking “where are all of the champions?”     People need to be looking at Robert Lansdorp and his teaching approach.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

P.S. If you google Lansdorp or the “Lansdorp Forehand” you can easily find more information about him.

Tennis Training, Players and Parents

When working with kids in tennis the key player is the parent.    Usually it is one parent who is involved, it could be the father or the mother.   If you are working with a kid you have to constantly work to be sure the parent is “on board” with what you are doing.    The sooner you can make the kid “look” like a tennis player, then the more positive rapport you build with the parent.     Early on in the course of the child learning tennis, there is a chance that the parent will be questioning if the kid can “really do it” and if the kid can actually learn the game.      You will have to work with the kid and the parent to keep them “in it” the more the kid can play tennis, the better their skills will be and you will strengthen your case.

Also, the competition can be tricky.   Kids and parents have a tendency to overreact.   If the kid wins then the kid thinks they are “great” and their parent will be overjoyed at seeing how good their kid is at tennis.    That is good for you as the coach.     However, if the player gets on the court and loses then the kid thinks “they suck” and the parents are not impressed and it makes them wonder whey the kid is not winning and if they are even good at tennis.

The job of the coach is to help “sell the game” and help the parents understand that tennis is a PROCESS and it really does take time for the skills of the player to develop.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

November 26th, 2017

Right vs Left (Conservative vs Liberal)

Biscuit post, right vs left,  conservative vs liberal

The Right and Republicans and Conservatives:

Conservatism is a philosophy that promotes retaining traditional social institutions in the context of culture and civilization.

Central tenets include “tradition”   “hierarchy and authority”      more extreme seek a return to “the way things were.”     A general defense of social and economic inequality.       Having power threatened and trying to win it back.

“American conservatives consider individual liberty, within the bounds of conformity to American values, as the fundamental trait of democracy, which contrasts with modern American liberals, who generally place a greater value on equality and social justice”

Judeo-Christian Values

Moral Absolutism

Anti-Communism and the fight against Creeping Socialism

American Exceptionalism

Abortion,   The mixture of Reality with Religion.

The Left and Democrats and Liberals

Liberty and equality

such as freedom of speechfreedom of the pressfreedom of religionfree marketscivil rightsdemocratic societies, secular governments, gender equality and international cooperation

The Age of Enlightenment

No State Religion; No Absolute Monarchy; No Divine Right of Kings

representative democracy and the rule of law

public trial by jury

Gender equality and racial equality

Separation of Church and State

Should there be welfare?

What about things such as torture as well as cruel punishment or public punishment?

 

End of post, DJ ROBO BISCUIT

 

Povery in the US, books, knowledge (November 9th 2017)

The Other America from 1962 Michael Harrington.

“Ralph Nader”

“Charles Murray”

“Poverty in the United States.”

Charles Murray, The Bell Curve

“War on America”

“Homelessness in America.”

“Class Conflict”

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Beat Pokemon Red No Starter No Legendary

I was able to beat the game.  I beat the game in 23 hours and 14 minutes.

I was inspired by Twitch plays pokemon.  I wanted to see if I could beat Pokemon Red Blue without using a Starter pokemon or a legendary.  Normally when i play I want to use Blastoise or Charizard and then also use Snorlax as well as Zapdos.  Once you get Zapdos the game becomes very easy because you can use Fly and Drill Peck as well as Thunderbolt and that beats SO many pokemon because Zapdos has good stats as well.

So I wanted to see if I could make it through the game without using “good pokemon” I wanted to use pokemon that were “just okay”

When I made it to the Elite Four I wanted to see if I could beat them without using any items to see how my team compared.  I lost to my rival who I named “Gary” I was able to get to his GYRADOS.  (I also like to use Gyrados because it is OP, but my team did not have Gyrados).  I was able to make it to the rival but not beat him on my try and I did not use any items.  My main pokemon was a CLEFABLE, a KADABRA, a VAPOREON, and a Pidgeot.  I also had a low level Nidoking and a low level Omanyte (in tribute to Lord Helix) from Twitch.    Before I went back to try again I wanted to get TM 15 Hyper Beam for Kadabra but I did not have enough money and/or coins in order to get it.

I was basically ready to try again, this time I would use healing items.

On my second time through, I was able to beat the Champion!

My team to win the game was:

Clefable level 68   -Tri Attack, BubbleBeam, Thunderbolt, Metronome

Vaporeon level 48 – Ice Beam and Surf

Kadabra level 56 – Psybeam and Psychic and Recover

Pigeot level 45 – Fly, wing attack, quick attack

Nidoking level 31 – Strength, Thrash

Omanyte level 32  – Water Gun

 

The AI of the game is not that smart, it doesn’t really take advantage of chances to kill you, which I guess is why TWITCH could win with the Venomoth against Dragonite.  Having my Clefable know TRI ATTACK and Bubblebeam was very important.  Also, Vaporeon with Surf and Ice Beam was important.  And Kadabra is strong.

You can definitely beat the game without using a Starter and you don’t need any Legendaries to win.  You just need some “medium” tier pokemon and good use of the TMS.

(I will admit that Kadabra is a pretty strong pokemon, the game would be tougher if I could not use Kadabra … )

Thank you to all my fans and supporters!

With love DJ ROBO BISCUIT

An Opinion on Pokemon Red and Blue (Gen 1)

The game is a good game because there is some difficulty and you need to keep on leveling up your pokemon.

However, the game can become too easy if you use overpowered Pokemon.   For example: Charizard and Blastoise are strong, being able to use Flamethrower or teaching Blastoise Ice Beam and Surf make the game relatively easy.

Also, catching Snorlax and then using him makes the game easy as well because Snorlax has great HP stats and attack power.

Also, catching Zapdos at the Power Plant then makes the game very easy as you can teach Zapdos ThunderBolt and Fly, which makes it Overpowered.

Also, if you decide to get a Gyrados early on then the game becomes easy due to Gyrados having such a high attack stat.

 

The game truly has a challenge to it when you choose to use Pokemon that are less strong, pokemon who are not really “game winners” like a Blastoise-Zapdos combination.

 

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT