Gary Semics outdated?

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Heads Up - Gary Semics, Donnie Hansen, Ryan Hughes, Baker etc are constantly studying the sport and athletes. As the sport eveolves, so do their classes...
Heads Up - Gary Semics, Donnie Hansen, Ryan Hughes, Baker etc are constantly studying the sport and athletes. As the sport eveolves, so do their classes. That said, has body postion, cornering, braking changed?
brimx153 wrote:
"body postion, cornering, braking changed?" Yes they all have changed since 2 stroke days Ryano teaches a way different way of riding than he did say...
"body postion, cornering, braking changed?" Yes they all have changed since 2 stroke days

Ryano teaches a way different way of riding than he did say 13 yrs ago ,
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for a start every top pro sits further back in corners on a 4 stroke ,in two stroke days you sit as far as u can up front . . braking is totally different , so many top guys coast through there turns now ie dungey, or brake early and power around the whole turn ie k roc, rather than brake to the apex and get on the power then either being on the brakes or power never coasting which is what gary teaches . i think there s alot gary teaches that is still the same today like the standing up attack position ,over griping the bars ,standing on ur toes etc etc , but i do think alot has changed since 4 strokes came along too .
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philG wrote:
Basics are basics..
kiwifan wrote:
Absolutely...
Basics are the foundation. Period.
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brimx153 wrote:
for a start every top pro sits further back in corners on a 4 stroke ,in two stroke days you sit as far as u can...
for a start every top pro sits further back in corners on a 4 stroke ,in two stroke days you sit as far as u can up front . . braking is totally different , so many top guys coast through there turns now ie dungey, or brake early and power around the whole turn ie k roc, rather than brake to the apex and get on the power then either being on the brakes or power never coasting which is what gary teaches . i think there s alot gary teaches that is still the same today like the standing up attack position ,over griping the bars ,standing on ur toes etc etc , but i do think alot has changed since 4 strokes came along too .
Are they really coasting through the turns though or are they just not hammering the throttle all the way through? Gary teaches to go from braking to throttle without coasting but doesn't teach that it has to occur at the apex of the corner.
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... or that it is from braking to full throttle. Quite the opposite actually.
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You really should know how to ride before you race. Gary Semics can help you 'Grasshopper".
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Ironic, I was just telling my boy today at the sand track. Accelerating or braking, never coasting. (One of Gary's points),Would love to have him take a class from Gary.
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You know what never gets outdated ? Set up two barrels 50 feet apart and run them in a figure 8 best practice ever , braking, corning,throttle control and its fun.
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Are they really coasting through the turns though or are they just not hammering the throttle all the way through? Gary teaches to go from braking...
Are they really coasting through the turns though or are they just not hammering the throttle all the way through? Gary teaches to go from braking to throttle without coasting but doesn't teach that it has to occur at the apex of the corner.
loads of guys teach coasting through corners , no brakes or throttle . You can t do it in every turn ,and there is deff a place to go from braking to throttle without coasting which gary teaches .
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bd wrote:
Heads Up - Gary Semics, Donnie Hansen, Ryan Hughes, Baker etc are constantly studying the sport and athletes. As the sport eveolves, so do their classes...
Heads Up - Gary Semics, Donnie Hansen, Ryan Hughes, Baker etc are constantly studying the sport and athletes. As the sport eveolves, so do their classes. That said, has body postion, cornering, braking changed?
Who's Baker?

Please don't tell me Aldon Baker. That guy does not know shit about technique or literally anything about riding mx. All he is, is a physical trainer.
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TbonesPop wrote:
What GS teaches in terms of content and the fundamentals will never be outdated, ever. So there is still massive amounts of value in the videos...
What GS teaches in terms of content and the fundamentals will never be outdated, ever. So there is still massive amounts of value in the videos. I do think there is an "opportunity" for GS to put together some additional more modern videos using new A/V technology to "refresh" many of the lessons as well as diving more into the nuances of the some new MX techniques - granted there isn't anything new that is earth shattering or going to make anyone go from avg Joe rider to RV or JS. A refresh would be nice, but certainly not a necessity. Again, the fundamentals taught in his videos are timeless.
Thanks for your positive message. I do have a lot of new videos but they are only available in my Video On Demand streaming and downloading subscription. Over 100. https://www.semicsmotocrossvideos.com/
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Who's Baker? Please don't tell me Aldon Baker. That guy does not know shit about technique or literally anything about riding mx. All he is, is...
Who's Baker?

Please don't tell me Aldon Baker. That guy does not know shit about technique or literally anything about riding mx. All he is, is a physical trainer.
Baker watches top guys train all the time. You really think he hasn't learned a lot about technique from Carmichael, Stewart, Villopoto, Dungey, Roczen and many other riders. Just because he wasn't a racer doesn't mean he doesn't understand what it takes to go fast. Many coaches in other sports can't perform as there students do.
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Line up beside him for a race. He is still fast as hell. Plus you could just ask him, he seemed like a nice guy when I met him. He will give you an honest answer
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8/6/2021 7:59am
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Randy Yoho advice to me 30 years ago, "how much did you spend on all this stuff to race? Spend $50 on lessons, you won't regret...
Randy Yoho advice to me 30 years ago, "how much did you spend on all this stuff to race? Spend $50 on lessons, you won't regret it!" Best advice I ever got!
He was my coach growing up. Those Saturday classes with him, and Kenny. Haha. Spun my clutch lever straight up. "if you're clutching the shit out of it everywhere you're in the wrong gear!"

Semics is very relevant. I use his arm exercises with success.

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8/6/2021 8:10am
I bought a bunch of Gary,s video tapes years ago, there great. It messed me up watching them too much, at one race all I was thinking about was perfect technique in the race. I,m better off just letting go and not thinking at all. Just react quickly to what is happening. Just like a basketball ball game, a play is designed for ya to win the game. The play gets broken down and you react naturally with out thinking and win the game. Having perfect body position and 2 sided tape on your triggers- clutch and brake levers helps.
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8/6/2021 8:18am
I bought a bunch of Gary,s video tapes years ago, there great. It messed me up watching them too much, at one race all I was...
I bought a bunch of Gary,s video tapes years ago, there great. It messed me up watching them too much, at one race all I was thinking about was perfect technique in the race. I,m better off just letting go and not thinking at all. Just react quickly to what is happening. Just like a basketball ball game, a play is designed for ya to win the game. The play gets broken down and you react naturally with out thinking and win the game. Having perfect body position and 2 sided tape on your triggers- clutch and brake levers helps.
Bro, you tape a finger to each lever?

When can we go ride together? Call Hillbilly , too.
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I do think the coasting thing has changed. You can go pretty damn fast, far more consistently on a 450 by backing down the aggression say 15%. I coast sometimes and just use the engine braking in the interest of not upsetting the chassis on the way into a corner any more than necessary to get set up and come out faster
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Here's some data for you. When my son was new to riding/racing in C class we did a 3 hour private lesson with Gary all they worked on was cornering and body position. He went from a 30th place kid locally to a 15th place kid racing the same people on the same tracks. Gary is good.
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8/6/2021 8:56am Edited Date/Time 8/6/2021 9:08am
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I do think the coasting thing has changed. You can go pretty damn fast, far more consistently on a 450 by backing down the aggression say...
I do think the coasting thing has changed. You can go pretty damn fast, far more consistently on a 450 by backing down the aggression say 15%. I coast sometimes and just use the engine braking in the interest of not upsetting the chassis on the way into a corner any more than necessary to get set up and come out faster
Dubach preaches this when he's helping someone learn to NOT beat themselves up out on the track.

Based on the OP, I get the feeling that there are those that think the game has changed AND that some of the older/OG coaches can't keep up with it...?

Well, that's funny.
People like Johnny O, Marty Smith (Kinda still hurts to say type that...my Moto-Hero that made me want to ride), Roger D, Jeff Ward, Doug Dubach, David Bailey...etc. ....seem to know EXACTLY what's goin' on and all the How/Why/When/Where that's necessary to "help build the modern racer".

While we're here: Who's coaching/training the Lawrence Brothers?

Then there's Aldon, right? Anyone around think he's a young-dude or something? Grinning

As for Gary? Sure, his syllabus is mega-strong on fundamentals; but, I've seen the dude address stuff that even the fastest riders learn from. My favorite Semics Training Subject: Turns. Period. He tears them down to finite little issues without the rider even realizing it. I'll bet he's got more than a few videos on turns & probably even address a proper "turn track" and how to use it.
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Someone brought up Jeannie Carmichael and that she coached RC even though she doesn't ride. Have wondered about this before...Does she actually teach riding technique or is it more being a whip cracker to make sure he put his time in at training?
8/6/2021 9:39am
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Someone brought up Jeannie Carmichael and that she coached RC even though she doesn't ride. Have wondered about this before...Does she actually teach riding technique or...
Someone brought up Jeannie Carmichael and that she coached RC even though she doesn't ride. Have wondered about this before...Does she actually teach riding technique or is it more being a whip cracker to make sure he put his time in at training?
I,m sure it was both in the beginning. On 85,s and 125,s more on pushing laps of different sorts. I should add Gary,s videos helped me. You drill it into yourself, go to the track and perfect it. Like 6 days a week basketball practice. You work on a certain move for hours, doing it when your tired at the end of practice it shows up if you got it down. If you can’t pull a technique perfectly when your exhausted, you don’t have it down.
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What do you guys think? I have seen some of his lessons, and they seem pretty good. But obviously riding style and pace has developed alot...
What do you guys think? I have seen some of his lessons, and they seem pretty good. But obviously riding style and pace has developed alot every year. Is the basics still the same as they were 10 years ago? and 20 years ago?
Riding has evolved many times, yes basics are basics but people like Gary Bailey (best in my opinion) films consatntly and studies new ways of riding etc to keep up.
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I think it was back in 99, my dad said he had taught me everything he knew and I wanted to step things up. He got me the whole VHS (yes....VHS) collection of Semics videos. While my friends were playing video games I was tearing through these tapes, practically wore them out. I can't say enough how much they helped me from cornering, braking, I especially learned a lot about seat bouncing. What was really cool too was he had a whole video on fitness and nutrition. There were special arm exercises that dramatically improved my arm pump.

If I remember correctly, I think it was Brandon Jesseman who was used a lot in those videos for examples?

And who could ever forget Poindexter LMAO.
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8/6/2021 6:16pm Edited Date/Time 8/6/2021 6:18pm
brimx153 wrote:
most top riders nowaday would say that the Basics have changed since 4 strokes have come along . i think the OP is saying that GS...
most top riders nowaday would say that the Basics have changed since 4 strokes have come along . i think the OP is saying that GS still teaches how to ride a 2 stroke when alot of trainers have changed there techniques for how to ride a 4 stroke . ie Doug D , Seb T, Ryano ,DV ,Keefer ,Grant L etc etc .


I agree with the OP the techniques of riding the 4 stoke is different in corners ,
Say What?

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Outdated . . . Your lack of moto history respect is showing . . .

Try racing two 40min motos on a 1974 Husqvarna in leathers on a 100degree afternoon and let us know how your up-to-date riding techniques fare. Your left hand will get the death grip trying to pull the clutch lever all moto - no easy pull hydraulics, son.



Riding techniques have evolved with the increasing development of equipment and there is no one else that has more direct riding experience applied to teaching the younger generation than Gary Semics - his experience spans over 5 decades of moto eras. If you think he's outdated, you don't know jack about mx.
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TbonesPop wrote:
What GS teaches in terms of content and the fundamentals will never be outdated, ever. So there is still massive amounts of value in the videos...
What GS teaches in terms of content and the fundamentals will never be outdated, ever. So there is still massive amounts of value in the videos. I do think there is an "opportunity" for GS to put together some additional more modern videos using new A/V technology to "refresh" many of the lessons as well as diving more into the nuances of the some new MX techniques - granted there isn't anything new that is earth shattering or going to make anyone go from avg Joe rider to RV or JS. A refresh would be nice, but certainly not a necessity. Again, the fundamentals taught in his videos are timeless.
Yea would be great if he didn't overlay entire segments with obnoxious rock music so you could actually hear what he's saying... No questioning the actual content though. No one provides the level of detail required to actually learn as GS.
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Not at all. It’s still the same fundamentals. Ryan Hughes is teaching techniques Stefan Everts was using in 1990!
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