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Old 11-09-2012, 12:30 PM #1
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Jason "FK" Edwards (Weekly Professional Tips)

I will post weekly professional tips from my personal experience and knowledge that I have learned over my 10 years of professional paintball. I will also incorporate some fitness and diet help in these tips.
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***One day of the week, I will be providing my fans with a tip to either help improve individual paintball skills, fitness, or team skills. Stay posted weekly for the advice to help improve your game!****

TIP#1: (Individual)
No matter what is happening, no matter who is shooting at you, whether it is the end or beginning of the game, always run/move while looking down field. You never know what route you may see, or a person you didnt know moved.

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TIP#2: Loading and Shooting.

One of the largest mistakes most players make, is loading with their guns down. There will be times when your job is specifically to keep the opposing team from moving through a lane, the second you drop your gun to load is the time they make their move. (There are times you will have to live behind your gun, do not give the opposing team an advantage, this does not mean you have to be shooting while loading, just keep your gun aimed and ready!!!)

*Practicing loading with your gun up can be done with empty pods. Continuously do the movement of removing the pod, bringing it to your hopper, and then dropping the pod. Build the muscle memory and soon you will be able to load and battle at the same time!
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**TIP OF THE WEEK**
TIP#3: WRAP..SHOOT..MOVE!!

This tip is one that I try to beat into the heads of the up and coming players. Many players move from bunker to bunker, immediately after shooting in their wire.

When you take in the concept of putting in your wire, wrapping around your bunker and shooting. You acquire a look at the inside of the field with out giving up the wire, possibly shooting someone inside by surprise, and keeping the gun in the same hand.

**After W.S.M. your gun will be shielded behind your body from the inside, you will be able to control wire immediately when getting to your bunker or choosing the inside shot if you saw something from your wrap.**

This concept will teach you how to get down the field quicker, field awareness, and much better success rates on moving safely.
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Tip#4: Field Observance/Gun Up

A large mistake center players make is not knowing when to fill out, and what they need to do to help their teammate. A center player normally gets caught up shooting a lane or covering a person and never realizes his own wire is shot or his teammate can not move with out his help.

By shooting your lane, and looking over to check on your wire/tape player, you can see if he is dominating someone or being dominated. You can also tell where the lanes are and whether or not you can fill over to help him. You will also notice when and where your teammate gets shot from, and know whether moving out of your bunker is a good or bad idea.

**Example, you see your snake corner owning his wire, and then he gets shot from the inside multiple times. Obviously that means there is a player on the opposite wire with a good angle. It would be best to let the opposing team have the wire, and for you to live where you are until you can kill the guy who has that shot on your snake corner. Rather than running out to the corner, making it, and then getting shot because you cant hide from the opposite wire.**
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TIP#5: Jump Shooting

One of the hardest shots to master, has to be the Jump Shot. Obviously your height comes into play in this strategy, however no matter what your height is, there is always a bunker that can be shot over with a simple hop.

For instance, when Jacob Edwards started to play, I literally had to teach him to jump and shoot over small temples. Then gradually onto fingers/pins, and soon he will be tall enough to jump shoot over a can.

The jump shot is utilized in many situations. If your playing what appears to be a two sided only bunker, and your opposing player see's you jump up and shoot over the top, they instantly now have a third angle to worry about.

One of the key factors is drawing the persons gun off of the side of your bunker and allowing yourself to gain control of dominance.

***Practice this shooting a target with no bunker in front of you, then move into a bunker and shoot a target out in the open, then use the same bunker your able to jump and shoot over and shoot a target on the side of a bunker.***
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TIP #6: Break out shooting

When looking for a good lane to shoot off of the break, you need to step outside of the box. The typical player looks from the back center, at a normal height, and just shoots from there.

The trick is going outside of your comfort zone. For the center shooter, they may need to stand high, or off of the bunker to find the right lane. For your edgers they may have a perfect "Blind Spot" (a position which you can stand away from a bunker, but still be concealed from the enemy) just a few steps away from the gate. A place you can drop and put up an excellent cross field lane.

**So the next time you go out to play, take a good walk around the starting gate and look for key spots. Some spots may be specifically used to eliminate a certain bunker!**
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TIP #7: Manipulating your bunker

There will be times where you play a bunker and your sole job is to keep a side from making any aggressive moves. The job is never easy and most people end up being shot, while battling. The trick is making your bunker do the work for you!

**By using your knee or elbow, you can press into the bunker and align your shot on the bunker in which your trying to keep the player in.
Now if the opposing player gains dominance, you release your knee/elbow from the bunker allowing it to move closer to you and protecting you, and you adjust your alignment to the lane, in which the opposing player is going to move through.**

Each bunker is going to be different, and you will need to walk the field or try it during practice. What makes this effective is your carefully adjusting lanes and not making any large movements so you should not expose yourself!
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**TIP#8: OVER THE TOP SHOOTING**

Players find over the top shooting to be one of the harder things to master. Whether you are watching professional or lower ranks, your bound to watch a player catch a ball in the face as he turrets over the top of his bunker!

The reason being is most people assume shooting over the top is as easy as shooting off the side. However that is so far from the truth. When over top of your bunker you are exposed more and have to avoid "tunnel vision".

The main tricks I have learned by trial and error about shooting over the top, have made the tactic one of my most dominate abilities.

First off, when coming over top of the bunker you gain a much better view of the field and you are able to shoot at multiple targets with less effort.

The tricks to surviving the top of your bunker.
1: Dont hug your bunker, by scooting back so your guns barrel tip is even with the bunker, you will be able to come down much quicker with less interference.
2: Be sure to keep the thinnest part of your gun in your face and not your loader, as this eliminates your sight.
3: Always scan the field, and this can be done while shooting in one direction and looking in another.
4: Dont be ashamed of getting over dominate as you are going to be battling more than one person typically, so dont over fight!
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**Tip#9: Quickly and Efficiently Owning Wire/Tape

The wire is an extremely important part of the field. Normally your breakout shooters and front guys lose sight of the wires, because of the large center bunkers. The corner players are suppose to make their bunkers alive and quickly gain control of their wire.

By gaining control of your wire, you can eliminate the opposing player quickly, allow your front player to concentrate on moving and shooting inside, and you can prevent the opposing team from moving.

Techniques to help you win the wire quickly... Run fast, head up, Shoot on the way out, Avoid sliding and immediately place accurate shots down wire.

Drills to help: Place a target at the opposing corner, just slightly showing down wire, and another one at the back center. Run out from the starting box, shooting your way tho the corner and shoot the back center. Immediately approaching the corner, place your shots on the opposing corner, and then more when passing your bunker.
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TIP#10: Pack with care

I have been getting several messages about why I carry my loose pods/guppies lid up instead of lid down. The answer for this is simple, it works best for me.
The pro's and con's are going to vary depending on your position, flexibility, style of play, type of pack used, and number of pods you carry.

For me as a back/insert player I shoot a ton of paint and tend to really need every pod through out the game. When carrying all of your pods lid down they tend to open up more and spill do to the lids catching each other.

If you are not a flexible person the center lid up pod will be hard for you to reach. If you are going to try it out, I recommend trying it a few times in practice and seeing how it works for you....

My two main reasons for carrying lid up is, I can identify which pods are loose and which are strapped even if the strap pops off, and I hardly ever spill any pods lid up.
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TIP#11: Gun length and comfort

Players and fans usually recognize the length of my gun and ask me questions regarding why I set it longer than most people. I am a firm believer in setting the gun a little longer than normal.

I like to have my forearm/wrist sit comfortable along the reg/rail of my tank, being able to brace my tank into my shoulder even if using one hand, and I take into considering that all real life long weapon guns are more stable while shooting.

The original style of play when I started was dropping the tank super far forward and making your face touch the back of your gun. I quickly found too many flaws in this and transpired my style into a longer more comfortable set up.

Give it a shot and test it with one handed shooting, snap shooting, cross handed shooting, and running and shooting. Be sure that you can hold your gun with an extended arm about shoulder height for at least 30 seconds. If not your gun is probably to heavy for you.
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TIP#12: Playing Off One Another.

When watching professional matches you may see people make a crazy move, and at that exact moment you notice someone on the other tape making a nice move. You ask yourself, how did he know that was going to happen? Or you may watch as two players hold it down and win an uphill match against a team with more players alive.

This is done through continuous practice and learning your teammates behaviors. As a team practices and competes with the same players over an extended amount of time, they begin to gel from individual players and into a TEAM.

At any giving time I can look over at my teammates, see their body language, way they are looking around, or how they are holding their gun, and I will know what they are about to do. Feeding off one another becomes natural. Making sequenced moves, or double bunkering someone, or even just crossing up at the same time.

Learning how your teammates play and what their strengths are can be huge factor in winning matches. The field being so wide makes communication hard, the cheering crowd makes noise distorted, and the sneaky moves down the doritos makes yelling some times impossible.

Play beside your teammates, watch when your not playing, play against them, feed off one another, watch videos of your team, explain what goes through your head before each particular move and watch how much better your team as a whole plays.
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TIP#13: Strength Comes From Your Weakness

The difference in a team who is at practice and going through the motions is much different than a team who is practicing to win. A successful practice doesn't mean you won every match/point you played, in fact it is the opposite of that!

A good team starts the practice and plays standard paintball, by winning matches they write those plays down and put them to the side. They then keep trying to play into their weaknesses! For instance, if you are making the snake and corner bunkers every point and winning, but your losing the points you play a defensive style, then you need to put the plays that worked away and continue trying to find a way to win the points that your having trouble with.

Winning points only shows you a one sided story. The trick is to find your teams weaknesses and overcome them. You never know how the other team will play against you and you need to be able to adjust with in a single point!

Better to get the **** shot out of you in practice where there is nothing on the line. Put your ego in check and try this out next practice! Let the other team talk the trash, post the practice outcome on the internet, bonus ball you, and bunker you. When you win the event and your holding your check, just be sure to smile and know what it takes to be a winner!
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TIP#14: Scan Accordingly, Kill Effectively!

A typical snake player: Runs fast, Dives into the beam, Crawls to the knuckle, Comes up gun and head first blazing everything, Gets a kill and gets shot....

This process is not entirely wrong, nor is it not helpful. However imagine a snake player who is smooth, accurate, calm, and collective. Averaging 2-3 kills and surviving the majority of the game. This kind of snake player tends to be a highly recruited player and an essential part to most teams success.

First of lets break down the scenario set forth by your typical snake players and fine tune his movements.
-First off you may not always be able to make the snake off the break, so you need to play every bunker and route prior to the snake in your practices.
-Diving into the beam is fine, however if you find yourself making it easily every time, see if your able to go gun up and more smoothly.
-Crawling to the knuckle and blazing away! Not so effective for more than one kill and sometimes not even that! The problem falls into the inaccurate shots, over looking someone, and wasting paint on one hard shot!
**Instead get to the knuckle, gun ready, but come up head first and SCAN FROM YOUR 40yard line to their 0 yard line! Not all of your important kills may be a front guy! In fact the best kill order would be back center or center player, dorito corner, dorito front players...***

Reason being: Its always easier to shoot a blind person rather than a wide eyed alert person. A back center player is always observing his team mates and saw you make the run, a dorito corner watches the front player, and the front player is wound up and usually fighting for his life.
By shooting the back center, no one see's him die, then the corner, and the lonely non aware front guy.
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TIP#15: Dside=Dependable Side

The majority of fields will have a Dside (pit side) and a Snake side (spectator side). The majority of teams in 5 man stack three players snake side and two players dside. In 7 man the majority of teams flood the snake with 4 players, 1 player in the center, and 2 dside.

Playing the D-side limits your fame credit and you are seen rarely in the videos. Is this because the side is boring or not flashy? Absolutely not, in fact the majority of the game breaking plays, the big unheard of moves, and the vicious gun battles all take place on the D-side. However it is on the pit side and the spectators get caught up watching what ever is happening closest to them.

Now with that said, any team in the higher ranks know their Dside players are some of their greatest players. D-side players tend to be calmer, more aware of the field, better gun fighters, and better communicators.

The reason for this is simple, a Dorito bunker is normally set up for a snake to shoot him, so dorito players are forced to live behind their guns, communicate effectively to know when the other team is in the snake since they are the furthest from the coaching side, they are forced to survive due to the other side having more players, and each bump is not protected by a beam so they have to gun fight for each move.

I feel that in order for any player to reach their maximum skill level, they should have to practice every part of the field. Snake players should practice Dside and Dside players should practice snake side. That way you learn the strengths and weakness, and you learn not to blame one side or another for a loss. You will see what your teammate goes through each point and how you can help them when your on the opposing side.

So as a Dorito player you need to focus on those strengths and drill these as much as possible!
-Gun Battling
-Staying alive
-Smart conservative bumps/moves
-Communication
-Field awareness
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TIP#16: Fear The Quiet Ones

Due to World Cup coming up this week, I felt it was fair to throw you guys a little extra advice. Have you ever heard the term "It's not the loud ones you have to keep an eye on, it's the quiet ones who keep to themselves." Well it's a great term to live by in the paintball world.

A player/team who doesn't mind if people trash talk them, over shoot them, or doesn't give them the respect they deserve. The players/teams who shoots you with a smile, tells you good game no matter what, win or lose they prepare for the next match with out stressing the last match, those are the people to fear.

When a team over shoots you, take it as a compliment. Tell yourself they did it because they fear you and they are trying to keep you from playing the next point. Tell yourself the team who trash talks isn't familiar with the feeling of beating you and its getting to their heads. The people who cant smile are afraid and not enjoying the sport like you.

So going into World Cup remember, you only get this chance once a year. Speaking from experience, there is no better feeling than winning World Cup. Especially when you win with your friends and you know that all of the hard work and dedication you put in all year just paid off!

Focus on these
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Tip#17: Off Season Resolutions!

I started my pro career as an over weight 15 year old kid. The first four years as a professional paintball player were not my easiest. I was constantly being tested to earn my keep on teams, prove that as a "Fat Kid" I would be able to still hold my own! Thank god for good gun skills, communication, and a different outlook on the strategic style of play, I was able to hold my own. However I always wanted to be more than good enough, I always wanted to play every position effectively, I always wanted to be a person who makes a difference on the field.

I started working out at home, running laps around my yard, doing sprints, and eating healthier. Eventually I got a gym membership and started finding it more motivating working out around people. Going from an all time high of 260+lbs to 185lbs, has been the best change in my life. Bunkers are easier to play, I make smarter decisions while being exhausted, I am faster, stronger, and I see myself as making a difference on the field!

Take the off-season to really make a change. If you are in good shape, get in better shape. If you really want to amplify your game, then you really need to take a positive healthy approach outside of just paintball!

Three simple things to help you get started for your fitness goals.
-Make a realistic goal and monitor your changes. Good or bad, changes are what fuels you to keep pushing. (Progress pics, waist size, 60yard dash time, etc...)
-Have a partner. Male or female, young or old, having a partner helps a ton. Being an athlete, you already have a competitive nature, so having someone there will help you push harder!
-Inspiration. Print out pictures of someone you want to look like or play like, watch videos of people overcoming challenges, inspire to be great!

Good luck, and remember dont wait for something to happen, go out and make it happen!
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TIP#18: Making Unnatural Feel Natural.

I have never believed in the saying "Weak Hand". I call it Non-dominant or Unnatural. Reason being is paintball guns are easy to shoot with both hands, they are electronic with easy trigger pulls, they are held stable with both arms, and they are no longer heavy metal bricks! However growing up and playing during the time of mechanical guns, heavy solid framed guns, and side fed guns, I was forced to learn how to use my Non-dominate hand quicker than those who are newer to paintball.

The way to make any Unnatural feeling feel natural is by repetition. However while watching divisional paintball matches or up and coming players who still play a lot, I notice they push harder when they are using their Dominate hand, or they are more comfortable diving, or they will initiate more gun battles rather than when they are forced to use their Non-Dominate hand.

The things I did to make using my left hand feel as natural as possible goes much further than just playing paintball left handed more.

**I took an entire week and did everything left handed (My non-dominate hand). I ate left handed, carried things in my left hand, used my phone with my left hand (buy a phone case prior), used my left hand for the remote control, etc..**

When I went out and played that weekend, I took both days and played 100% left handed. Even if I was shooting out of the right side of my bunker I did it cross body. ***I even created a game with my friend called "Shenanigans". If either of us saw the other person even carrying their gun in their dominant hand, on or off the field, we would yell out "Shenanigans" and they would immediately have to drop and do 30 push ups geared up or not.

After doing this its only instinct for your Non-Dominate hand to feel more natural than before. So when you have a week some extra time (You'll need it) and a practice or walk on day, give it a shot. Its fun and will make a huge difference in your game. I now shoot real guns both handed, play pool with both hands, play golf both hands, and have a much better shot with my non-dominate hand because I am left eye dominate.

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TIP#19: Breakout Practice With Out Breaking The Bank

As we all know the "Breakout" of a point is usually a key factor in the outcome of the point. The team who survives the breakout is normally the point winner. Now I am sure you have all watched a professional match and said to yourself "How in the world did he make that or That was so smooth". The key to perfecting breakouts is doing as many reps as possible on the field layout your going to play and trying every possible route, stack, and bunker on the field. However I know most of the players and teams out there are not financially stable enough to shoot 100's of cases a week, nor are most teams sponsored with million ball contracts any longer. However there is a small trick to beating the system .

First off you need to have the exact amount of players that will be playing at that time. 3man(6 players), 5man(10 players), 7man(14 players) etc...

You will perform the breakouts as identical to a tournament as you can, barrels and feet touching the starting box, full packs, chrono at the appropriate level, and be as honest as possible coming out on (hard) bounces.
-A person on the side lines will give you a 5second warning and then start the game with a horn or whistle (Not a Gogogo or verbal command)
-You will breakout and continue to play for 15seconds. This gives you time to lane, gunfight, and make a secondary "stutter step or quick move" if part of the play.
-After each point you discuss who was shot, where the lanes were (Whether behind, to low, to high, or in front of you), and if something worked amazing.

Monitor the bunkers that were most successful, which allowed quickest kills, which were the least successful, which could stack more than one player, etc...

After having a good feel for the layout, breakouts set up with the best percentages, and a good knowledge of the sweet spotting lanes, I assure you the next session of practice will be way more beneficial and you should have barely dented your paint allowance. You can even cut the breakout time by a few seconds if needed.

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TIP#20: RUNNING AND SHOOTING TECHNIQUE

Many times you will find the best way to shoot someone off break is by advancing towards a bunker further than the back center and shooting the entire way out there. Or making a risky corner may be easier if your placing shots accurately back at the shooters.

Running and shooting is one of the hardest skills to obtain. Its the abdominal muscle dream that most people have. Its the aspect of paintball that every person wants! Nothing looks or feels better than shooting someone out of a bunker while your sprinting out in the open shooting them in the face. However this skill is the hardest to master, mainly because there are so many factors that change with every stride. The gun is shaking, your body is moving, the angle is changing, you have to know where your at and where your bunker is, and your out in the open most of time watching on-coming paint.

The best way to achieve this talent is by breaking down every challenge and practicing them one at a time. Learn to crawl before walking, walking before jogging, and jogging before sprinting.
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Shaking gun: The gun is the easiest to control. The tank needs to be pressed firmly into your shoulder/peck gap, using your front hand to keep the pressure there.

Body Moving: Stride heel to toe, this allows your feet to hit the ground evenly, and your legs bend and push freely. Secure your upper body by using your abdomen muscles, and lean forward to use your body's momentum for speed and stability. Imagine your body as a bi-pod with wheels. Top is sturdy no shaking, legs are movable but not bouncy, and feet are heel to toe like the wheel rolling. ***Tighten your pack and pull up your pants!!! Nothing makes it harder to shoot accurately than your pack beating the hell out of your back and your pants down to your butt with every stride***

Where you are and angle changing: As you run the angle of your shot changes. Take into consideration your movement and the bunkers in your way. If your running towards the right, you want to aim slightly to the left. Just as if you were shooting into the wind. By noticing the angle difference on your target, you should have an idea of your distance till your bunker.

On-coming paint: Remember there are no rules that says you have to run straight to your bunker. If you see a lane stop, if you dont continue. Maybe you can go even further. Remember though make your shots count, if you get shot but shoot that person too, then you are of no loss.
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Practice this at a slower pace, working on one thing at a time, get the movement down first with no paint in your gun, but use a full pack. Then add paint and a target or do it in practice. Gradually build speed.
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