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先日、メキシコで開催された Skate Mexico 2009 に Joey Mantia が参加し、"Joey Mantia Clinic" を実施したようです。なぜ同様な事を日本でやって頂けないのか?。ただ販売するだけでなく、この様なかたちでユーザーへの利益還元を試みて欲しいものです。残念ですが、Luigino Racing に対する評価は SkateLog Forum などでも決して良いものではありません。悪事千里を走る・・・古いことわざだけど、ネット社会では生きている。

Skate Mexico 2009 with Joey Mantia!

by sergio (Jan. 16, 2009)
The 3rd annual Skate Mexico will take place on March 8 - 14, 2009.


This is a one-week training camp on a beautiful bank track in Merida, Yucatan with former Mexican sprinting champion Jorge Santiago Gordillo. We also have a very special guest coach this year, Joey Mantia himself will be joining us for four days for 2 two-day clinics.

We will meet up on Sunday March 8th in Cancun and take a private coach through Yucatan state. Mexican native and former Mexican skating champ Sergio Almeralla will be our guide to the best Yucatan has to offer, and the parts that most tourists never see.

Monday we will start our 5 days of track skating, with a morning session dedicated to intermediate skaters and an afternoon skaters aimed at elites.

On Saturday March 15th we will finish our camp with a road skate to the pyramids at Uxmal, where we will take in the beautiful monuments with a refreshment before being shuttled back to Merida to return home.

The costs of the camp are $265, which includes the coach from Cancun to Merida and coaching and track fees for the whole week including a two-day clinic with our Superstar Guest Coach Joey Mantia. A double room in Merida is $50 a night, so its an additional $300 for a private room for the week (6 nights) and $150 for all six nights if you want to share with another skater. There will be some additional (modest) costs for the shuttle back from Uxmal. The camp is run on a not-for profit basis and costs in Mexico are extremely reasonable. Airfare is not included.

Registration is limited.

For more information, contact Sergio Almeralla at 613 261 6890 or by e-mail at sergio at ilpeloton dot com. Information is also available at www.ilpeloton.com.
Inline Planet Skate Forum: Skate Mexico 2009 with Joey Mantia!
Road Rash Chronicles: Skate Mexico Info now Online.... and PDF

Skate Mexico - Did Joey pass the grade?

(Mar. 18, 2009)
Road Rash ChroniclesFirst and foremost, a big ovation to Ursula and Sergio of Il Peloton and the team behind Joey Mantia for organizing what I consider to be the best clinic I have ever been to. The coordination must have been tiresome but it appeared to have come off brilliantly. Kudos to all of you.

Note: For more personal stories of the world champ and his adventures with the Canadian Team you will have to wait. This is a review of the clinic only.

With nerve and anticipation levels running quite high, not to mention the sun and heat, the 20 or so skaters from Canada and Mexico didn't have to wait long for the hard work to begin. After a few minutes of introducing Joey to the group and after the ooohs and ahhhs faded into the background, the task master had us working up a sweat with some basic stretching and plyos. This quickly turned into techinique drills on edge control, getting low, arm swing and other skating elements. Not rocket science for anyone who has already experienced clinics but for some reason, everything felt new and exciting. From where I was standing, there seemed to be a new spin on old tricks. Explanations and demonstrations that related to all levels was just one of the differences. Another thing that set Joey aside right from the beginning was his one on one correction and feedback. It was mostly negative feedback but done in the most constructive of ways....except when he was dealing with me. Jerk. His hands on approach, combined with his explanations of each drill and/or correction was a perfect marriage of experience and coaching.


As the week progressed, Joey warmed up to the group a bit more and as a result the drills became increasingly difficult...and rightly so. Outside edges and getting low seemed to be the common areas for improvement for everyone there. Each drill progressed seamlessly into the other and additionally each drill had multiple layers of complexity and difficulty. The transitions seemed effortless and completely logical. A far cry from other clinics. The only downside was the time spent on the drills. With over 30 participants, we couldn't really spend a lot of time on every element which was a shame. In a perfect clinic, sizes would be limited to about 10-15 skaters and I could totally see the benefit of that. But time was short and he made the best of it.

Towards the end of the clinic, weight transfer, starts and plyos were last on the menu. Joey's incredible ability to jump 6 feet in the air had all of us pretty impressed and invited a new uproar of ooohs and aaahhs. His one legged squat jumps were pretty balanced as well. Show off. Most of us had to put our canes and wheelchairs to the side to allow him room. He didn't mind...he offers equal opportunity for the elderly. ;)


Sadly the clinic ended with start drills. Not because they were drills, but because it was the last of the drills. Although they marked the end of our time with Joey, I think they were the most funny to watch. Effective? Yes. But nonetheless, watching the team, lead by Joey strut down the track (ala Tyra Banks) was a sight to see. Thank god I took pics. Blackmail is always a good card to have in your pocket when it comes to Joey. Without it, your finished.

With the traditional thank yous and such out of the way, what followed the applause at the end of the clinic can only be described as media mahem. Girls and boys, moms and dads from everywhere suddenly arrived in flocks and surrounded Joey like he was the 4th member of the Jonas Brothers. It was quite amusing to watch at first but quickly became annoying. I don't think there was a body part he didn't sign or a camera that didn't take 20 of the same pic. Mexican papparazzi I called it. I am sure he loved every minute....or did he. Only he knows.


So, speaking based on the clinic experience alone, I would score it a 9/10. There is always room for improvement right? You always have to have a goal to strive for.

Here are my humble suggestions:
  1. Name tags. Add that personal touch even though your going to forget us in 2 days. When we hear our names while you are trying to correct our technique or praise us (god forbid) we feel that you are talking to US and that can make a HUGE impact...especially to kids. "Connection" and "validation" is the key to all interpersonal situations...especially clinical ones.

  2. Bring promo stuff. Who doesn't want to walk away with a piece of Joey Mantia. LOL (and not in the eye...ya sicko)

  3. A sit down question and answer period. If only for a short time, I am sure there are lessons and experiences you could share that would enlighten us on a variety of topics from gear, off season training, diet....etc.
So was it worth it? I would go again in a heartbeat. I can only hope when his life slows down that he will have clinics more often. I would be a regular in his seniors class and expect a reasonable discount!. ;)

I do hope that I get the opportunity to take another clinic by Joey, preferably in Mexico, but more importantly I hope we all get the chance to sit down together in a group again over some guacamole and fruity drinks chatting about something other than skating. That's when the fun really begins.....but that is another story.

FOR MORE PICS, VISIT MY FLICKR PAGE:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30813780@N00/sets/72157615433250835/

p.s. If you read my previous posts, you will understand this. Jerk yes, asshole no. But there is a fine line.... ;)

Congrats on your recent races buddy.
Road Rash Chronicles: Skate Mexico - Did Joey pass the grade?
Inline Planet Skater Network: Skate Mexico 2009
Inline Skating Notebook: Joey Mantia & Massi Presti Workshop Tour 2008 (Dec. 4, 2008)

DO NOT MISS THIS

(Dec. 11, 2009)
If you didn't go last year, you missed out on amazing weather, a great track and of course Joey Mantia, world inline champion.

So don't make the same mistake again. This time we are headed to Playa del Carmen. Hello!! Who can't use a vacation in March with beach, ocean, skating and maybe Joey again. Duh?

Skate Mexico of March 20 - 27, 2010 Skate Mexico will take place the week of March 20 - 27, 2010 in Playa del Carmen.

We will be hosted by coach Juan Pastor, former national coach for the Cuban team. Juan is the coach of the Quintana Roo team, a team of over 60 registered skaters.

The schedule will consist of daily training sessions on the 250m bank track and plyometric sessions on the powdery white sand beach. After a scheduled siesta of course!

We are also working on a famous guest coach, those of you from last year will know who we are talking about.

Finally, if we can secure permission we will finish the training camp with a 42km marathon on fresh pavement in Playa on the 27th as part of the NROC Roller Cup.

With its famous Quinta Avenida, a pedestrian street lined with leafy cafes and upscale restaurants and its aquamarine caribbean sea, we think Playa is the perfect backdrop for Skate Mexico 2010.
Road Rash Chronicles: DO NOT MISS THIS

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