- What is taught?
Drills and concepts that set up by design, what an athlete usually experiences by chance, when playing their best. I also teach a deeper understanding of sports; specifically about motion in sports, which for the most part is not completely understood by coaches and athletes. We explain in great detail exactly what is happening when an athlete is locked in and playing their best. Sports is all about motion, motion is all about the muscles and we have uncovered the mechanics of the operating system of the muscles.
- It sounds like you are sports psychologists?
No, I am not a sports psychologist. In some situations, we feel it's important to refer a client to a sports psychologist or other specialist.
- What are these processes to which you're referring?
They are the ability to experience time moving normally, the ability to shut down the highly discriminating intellect and the ability to activate the fast-twitch muscles to allow al the muscles to work harmoniously which leads to fluid, powerful, effortless motion.
- So your methodology consists of just teaching drills and that's it?
No, the methodology consists of three parts, all equally important. First are learning the drills. Second is understanding how the drills make your motion more effective. Third, which is very crucial, is the ongoing follow-up and refinement. The methodology is very subtle (but very powerful) and ongoing refinement is absolutely crucial. I stay in touch with clients through Skype/Facetime and phone along with in person visits.
- Aren't there other things to consider which enable an athlete to play his best?
Absolutely. But the ability to play one's best and reach his full potential will ultimately rest on their ability to experience the above three processes in the heat of competition.
- Can someone work with a hitting, pitching, or swing coach and still do this program?
Quite often my teaching complements the work done with other coaches. It enables a player to repeat the motion that is being refined by other coaches. It also accelerates a player's ability to make changes in his motion.
- How does that happen?
The first fundamental in any sport is mental freedom. If a player has mental freedom, then his body will have the freedom to make any adjustment it wants. Without mental freedom, it is almost impossible to have complete physical freedom. I like to say that I moisten the clay (the mind) and then the clay can be molded in any shape it wants (the body). I have found that the process of making mechanical changes in a player's motion is greatly accelerated with the methodology.
- Is there any downside to the program?
- Where is the program taught?
All of the work takes place on the playing field, court or course.
- Is this a philosophy?
No. The muscles do not operate based on philosophy or certain beliefs. They operate according to specific laws of motion. That is why descriptions from athletes in different sports are similar in terms of how they feel when playing their best. Water will boil at 212 degrees whether someone believes it will or not. Whether someone believes in laws of motion or not, they operate the same way in all athletes. These laws have been uncovered and can be taught.
Buddy Biancalana’s methodology stems from his “zone experience in the 1985 World Series as the starting shortstop for the World Champion, Kansas City Royals. In those seven games of the most pressure-packed athletic contest imaginable, he also went into the Zone (see “Getting on Top and Staying There” in the Article's section).
It was remarkable in every way. He hit 78 points above his career average, played errorless at shortstop, had a game-winning hit and made several outstanding plays.
You may contact Buddy to schedule work or for additional information.