The Five Elements of Serendipity

(From the June 2016 Mitsuo’s Report.) In route setting, discovering chance encounters and creating new movements is the most exciting part. The accidental elements are important hints to establish a unique move, but they are created by daily effort, challenge, and experience. The discovery of an idea is accidental, but it is also inevitable. Serendipity … Continue reading “The Five Elements of Serendipity”

The most important fundamentals to learn from choosing holds

“守りつくして 破るとも 離るるとても 本を忘るな” “Follow the basics thoroughly, and don’t forget the original, even if you break or go away from your basics.” These are the words of Sen no Rikyu, who changed the culture of Japan. Those who train according to the basics and master KATA(form) will be able to “break” the existing the form by comparing … Continue reading “The most important fundamentals to learn from choosing holds”

The importance of imitating

Imitation of the problems is essential to improving your route setting. All experienced route setters will tell you that this is a must. However, the only concrete way to do this is to watch videos and imitate them, or try to replicate a problem that impressed you, and that’s about it. It’s better than just … Continue reading “The importance of imitating”

Think Deeply 1

Climbing skills, route setting skills, words and common expressions used in discussions, quality of problems or lines, the effect of it, setting environment, training environment, organization – these are all part and parcel of route setting. These elements can’t be measured numerically, so I don’t have a scale at which it can be judged or … Continue reading “Think Deeply 1”