I discovered with Chris during the skills checks that body position and looking were what needed work. I made all the corrects I needed here before moving on. We went straight to drops and we now applied what I had just corrected to these. I also showed him the importance of having the correct mental skills set, and he was quickly riding off the largest drop, landing perfectly.
Chris came today to work further on cornering, and carrying speed through them, so we spent the next part of the session on this. I first worked more on his cornering technique, before moving onto link three corners together, working now on looking and speed management.
We spent the next hour or so, breaking for lunch in between, on the skills trail. We linked both beamed and flat corners, rock gardens, fly outs, steps, and drops. I explained to Chris how having your seat at pedalling height can affect your ability to control the bike, especially when you need to absorb it. Each run became faster and more in control, and the way I had showed him to corner started to become natural.
We moved onto work on steeper terrain, I explained how and why we need to maintain and centred body position when riding these sections, but I could see Chris was happy with this and he rolled in forwards and sideways with no trepidation, and now understood why having the correct body position is important.
Our session ended on the pump and jump trail, where I showed him what sections he should be pumping, and he was flowing through this trail, gaining tons of speed and linking it once again with the three corners we rode earlier.
Nice one Chris!