Can slow tempo and stroke rate be a reason for syncing legs? While learning TI, in the begining, it is inevitable to be slow as you need to focus on technique.
Yes and no. It is easier to sync leg and hand movements at a slower tempo. But you can do it at a faster tempo, too. And the timing can be adjusted not in accordance to the tempo, but the degree of propulsion.As you delay the timing, you can get more propulsion.
You seem to stick your arm and then extend it underwater. Why is and does it save energy on long distances?
You can move the other hand underwater more quickly by doing so.
My question: is 2 beat kick better than 6 beat kick?
For long distance swimming.
you seem to be a good floater besides being a great swimmer! would I be right in thinking that if
your natural buoyancy is low, then you would have to kick more ?
50-70% of body balance can be improved without kicking. If you are taller than 180cm, and your BMI is less than 18, you might need to hone your kicking skill.
I can see you are at about 1.40 sec/stroke on the video. I just got a tempo trainer and am trying to find my stroke rates. What are your range of stroke rates, for training, long distance, 200m…? How do you find the best stoke rate? Thanks!
1.15: base tempo
1.00-1.30: for tempo pyramid practice
1.00: race tempo
I am left handed …and I tend to breathe only on one side which leads to right shoulder injury …any solution to that other than bilateral swimming ?
There may be a problem in recovery rather than breathing. Check if you can see your elbow at the initial phase of recovery when you stand in front of the mirror.
Hi Shinji, I see a lot of videos of TI swim on the net. New learners like me get fascinated by the slow motion part of you incredible swimming and try to implement your technique as slow as in the slow motion part of the video. Which I believe is a big mistake. My concern by saying all this here is, what must be the minimum tempo rate to maintain the smoothness of the TI swim? In different words what is minimum tempo or stroke rate after which it gets impossible to maintain or follow TI swim rules?
I did not use the tempo trainer, but it looks 1.40 seconds.
How do you pull? With shoulder only? Entire hand power? Or something else?
Catch and pull phase: Leaning forward while positioning the forearm vertical to the surface. Push phase: Syncronizing the hand movement with the body rotation.
Hi there, it’s been a while I am trying to learn TI on my own. No matter how hard I try, my legs are not parallel to the surface. They are around 10 inches down. Lot of talking on this issue on you tube but nothing helped me. Some says just keep the head down, some says engage the back and hip muscle…..so confusing. Can you please share your knowledge? Really need help.
If your BMI is less than 18, you need to practice efficient kicking. If not, many factors can raise your legs.
What is the ideal number of strokes to swim a 25 m pool ? I noticed you did 14 strokes in this video ..assuming this is a 25 m length pool.
+Anas Bahsas , it depends on your height. 16-18 strokes/25m for 170 cm height swimmer.
amazing. How do you stay afloat with such a low cadence? I am trying to learn to swim with less effort, but I fail pretty badly…
+BikerProfesor , lean forward. Pressing the water with your face might work.
just amazing! you just slide through the water. really soft! can i ask you something? i can do that ‘flexible’ armstroke like you did in this video. (my swim trainer taught me that posture) but if i swim like that i can’t swim for a long time. about 200m i guess. it make my shoulder muscle lump and tired so can’t swim longer. in a word, it doesn’t feel natural for me. so if how can you swim naturally like that? and do you feel your shoulder and arm feel lump?
+lucky7 , maybe you pulled your elbows during finish. You might try to open your armpits to engage recovery instead of using the shoulders.
hi Shinji, does this work for sprint distances? This looks more like stayer/open water distance style. what sort of time can you produce over 50/100m?
+Dmitry Drozdov , some fundamental skills can be applied to sprint swimming. Some will be set off with more energy consumption movement since you do not have to worry about spending energy for such a short time.
Hi! I can’t catch when you breath.
+Selamar Moren, I lower the surface of the water just before I breathe by a bow wave. So you cannot see my head.
how can he move so fast with that leg movement? i do move my leg with faster frequency, but no significant move towards at all
+ReizaVanHalen , my kick contributes my body rotation rather than making propulsion by itself.
Hi Mr. Takeuchi. You swim beautifully!….I was just wondering….wouldn’t you reduce more drag by pulling with a higher elbow? ..maybe an inch below the surface of the water?. Thanks for your response Mr. Takeuchi
+Juan Jimenez Guerrero, I think higher elbow positions are for elite swimmers. An ordinary guy like me, it is hard to move the hand back without push-down action.
Thanks for the inspiring video. I have a question. Which one initiates the roll the kick or the hips ? Thanks.
+Ali Dengizek, I use my hand entry as a queue to switch sides. I use hip rolls when I get tired.
Do you ever do faster stroke rates with your 2-beat kick?
Watching videos of Laure Manaudou and Sun Yang who also have used 2bk during competitions.
It’s really amazing how they keep up with rest of the field with less effort…almost matrix like ;-)
+nemrut , it depends on the distance. If it is short such as 200m, I use 6 beat kick.
hellos mr. Shinji Takeuchi, with the help of your technique I can swim up to 1500 m / h
– Is what this distance is in the standard for hours
– How far can you make yourself
(sorry for my bad english)
The first goal for beginners is to swim 1500m non-stop. Then the second goal will be to swim in 35 minutes. To achieve it, you practice will be shifted to swim faster.
Will it make any difference if breath just from one side all time?
+Kerem Otag, I think it does not matter until you do open water swimming.
+Shinji Takeuchi Mr. Takeuchi, would you please explain the breathing technique you use? I don’t see you breath out under water and hardly see you breath in either.
+Tam Nguyen , I just breathe out to get enough air for me. I create “bow wave” to lower the surface of the water. It is why my head is hidden in the water.
I have question about Superman Glide practice. As many others, I’m having the problem with sinking legs and find it difficult to keep balance and floating longer. I see Superman Glide is the most basic and important lesson to be successful in TI freestyle swimming so could you please give me some advice to take Superman Glide more effectively?
Thank you very much!
+Khanh Nguyen , when you do Superman Glide, it is very important how you push off the bottom. 1) Lean enough so that your shin is parallel to the bottom, 2) Stretch the back of your knee very quickly.
竹内：1 尽量前倾，让上身平行水面 2 快速伸直膝盖打腿
how do my head and body always go up to surface about all the time ? It’s cause me hard to take a breath,
although I keep my head on bottom. But it’s not work.
what’s the keys ?
3 key points.
1) Head position: Top of the head is just beneath the water surface
2) Hand position: 6 inch (15cm) deeper from the water surface
3) Hand entry angle: 45 degrees so that you can shift the weight during recovery
I have a question. Yes it looks graceful but from this technique it seems acceleration is the key to look ‘efficient’ for propelling forward. My question is, does the energy expend from strong kick like this is even more tiring than the standard 4 beat kick? I tried it, but it felt that the kick use relatively the same amount of energy than the 4 beat flutter kick.maybe im doing it wrong
In my style (not TI standard), kicking itself does not create propulsion, So I do not get tired from kicking. If you try 2-beat kick with scissors style, you might get tired mainly coming from tension. If you use 6 beat kick, you might swim faster but you get tired sooner.
Hello Shinji, my extending arm sinks. If i don’t press down with extending arm I have to lift my head to breathe. How to solve this?
+Amit Verma, 1) Just before you breathe, insert your hand closer to your head and extend it underwater very quickly. 2) Match the timing of inhaling with the extension of the elbow.
竹内：1 呼吸前，在头附近入水，水下快速前伸 2 肘部前伸的时候吸气
Hello! Just found you and TI. Beautiful Freestyle Swimming. I am encouraged that I can improve my swimming after seeing this! Curious, how many strokes to you take and then breath? I am capable of like 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 1 something like that for a 2 mile workout. I never seem to tire, but need an improved method to become better at what I love! I taught myself to swim at age 50 through YouTube! Now do TRI’s! Swimming was the only thing I didn’t know how to do so I turned to YouTube! Worked!
+Lolly , I breathe every 4 stroke. When I need to speed up, I breathe every 2 stroke.
I am a big fan of yours Shinji. How fast can you do 400m and 1k with this style of swimming?
+outlawcatcher1 , I try to keep my pace at 90 seconds / 100 m.
if im kicking that little my feet would sink way too low :(
do you guys try to keep ur torso relatively flat or are you supposed to twist it from side to side w each stroke?
You do not have to worry about twisting.
1) Insert your hand closer to your head and spear down in the water. It will help your lower body to go up.
2) Press the water with your face and chest. You will feel your weight shifts forward. The leaning sensation is important to keep your body flat.
Takeuchi-san – I could not make out from the video but are you moving your hand in a S like fashion? (Right arm in a S and left in a mirror-S). If so how close your hand is to your torso when you are in the middle of the pull.
I just focus on the form of the arm in the beginning. Then I relax my arm while my body rotation move it. Then I focus on the way of pushing the water to add more momentum for recovery.
When I first saw this video – about one year ago – I said to myself ‘Wow!! I would like to swim like that’ So, one year on, I’m nearly there….hopefully. So thank you for all your videos, they have been a huge inspiration. I do have one question, how much do you pull on your catch? I was under the impression that you hardly pull at all and that it is the leg kick plus rotation of body that creates the propulsion. This is the only mental part that I cannot seem to get quite right.
My intentions is to form my arm then let the body roll do the rest. I may need to push more for open water swimming.
Hi Shinji. Awesome swimming. Just have a question about kicking. I have recently started doing the two-beat kick but I can’t seem to get my hips level after I breathe. For example,after I breathe on my right, and as my left hand is pulling thru, I kick with my left leg but I can’t get my hips level like you do in your video. Any suggestion will be much appreciated.
Your legs might get tensed after down-kick. Once you move down your leg, you try to relax it so that the water pushes it up.
My dry-land rehearsal for 2 beat-kick will work for you. It makes you recognize the connection between toe-flick and hip rotation.
I have watched your video hundreds of times. Amazing technique. You are an inspiration. From not being able to swim 10-15 meters, I do 1200 meters trying to use your technique. I follow your guru Terry Laughlin as well. Thanks for the video. I still can’t get my lower body parallel to the surface with the 2 beat kick. Resort to the buoy every so often. Any suggestions.??
It is great improvement swimming from 15m to 1200m!
As for your leg sinking, check as follows;
1) Is your top of the head submerged all the time?
2) Are you looking down (at most 1.5m ahead)?
3) Can you see the spearing hand?
4) Is the elbow in front of your ear when insertion?
5) Is the degree between the surface and the hand more than 45?
Once you say yes to all the questions above, you feel your lower body goes up.
how can i kick like him? i tried but i lost my body balance.
+park鞝戩榿 , the kick is to assist body rotation, not to raise your lower body. You can improve your balance with your upper body.
This is very smooth really …iam trying to do your style but not yet reaching your level as i feel very slow , others told me that i am over-gliding because of the slaw stroke rate..so how can you keep your speed with the slow stroke rate?
+mahmoud elsonbati , even the tempo is slow, you need to rotate your body very quickly with your arm stroke. It will create propulsion.
I swim my freestyle with a six beat kick as I feel swimming TI with a 2 beat needs very strong and durable lat muscles, which I do not have. Even after using the six beat kick to add propulsion to my stroke, I am not able to sustain it for too long. I can swim only 500m, in about 12 mins or so. What may I be doing wrong? Should I just hit the gym and focus on building by back muscles?
You do not need very strong lat muscles to swim 2 beat kick. Using core enough to keep the posture is what you need. Find how to minimize engaging your core while doing Skate drill with kick.
I notice that my T.I. front crawl stroke is more like Terry Laughlin’s and my physique is more like his than yours, Mr. Takeuchi. I notice that Terry and I are more barrel-chested than you, and I also observe that Terry and I don’t shrug our shoulders as much as you during forward motion/recovery, nor do we have such extended shoulder lifting.
These are very subtle observations on my part and perhaps I am wrong. It is hard to see everything with different camera angles and with the water refracting the light. I wonder if it is because you have a wider shoulder to waist ratio than Terry and I?
Basically I am hoping that you can comment on differences in body types for stroke dynamics, in other words, how do different builds affect T.I. swimming style.
Thank you very much for offering to answer questions! Josh in Canada
It is true swimming style may be different based on flexibility and other factors. In addition to that, I intentionally stretch my shoulder blade during recovery in order to put my elbows in higher positions before insertion.
I do not intend to shrug my shoulders.I intend to open my armpits and move the elbows to the side in the beginning phase of recovery. Then I engage my shoulder blade to bring the whole arm without changing the shape. Some of movements are introduce in my newly published “Freestyle Toolbox” digital content at