Attacking 10 footers

Passing 10’s

When you first tried a 10 footer, you probably felt nauseous at the thought of trying it.

This is normal, of course!

Beating 10 footers takes an extra bit of skill and pulls on all the things you learn from playing easier songs.

It takes mastery of every part of the groove radar to through all of them! Some 10s are fast and furious, some are slow and technical some are twisty and confusing, but if you have mastered every section of the
groove radar, do your crossovers, and even think ahead for stops, BPM changes, and the need for double stepping at times, you will be well on your way to beating every single DDR 10 footer!

One Last Technique – Center Pad Concentration

When you first started playing, your legs were spread far apart and you picked your feet up really high.  However, you found out quickly that this is a very draining way to play.  How far apart your legs are spread apart will have an effect on how quickly you move, and if you find that you can’t move quickly enough, this is usually one of the reasons why you have trouble with 10s.

Each time you play something that isn’t a 10, try to think of how far apart your legs are and take note of it. If your stance is too wide, you won’t be able to move fast enough to turn and pivot at 5 beats per second.

So, let’s see what this means… it means that you are going to become a novice once again (of sorts). The novices did have it right when they stand in the middle, but they are too close to the center. You want to be on the fringe of that middle metal square… almost to the point of brushing up against it with every move you do. If you aren’t feeling metal screws with every foot sweep, you aren’t close enough.

After getting this technique down, along with keeping your feet low, you will notice that you can move faster and not get exhausted from it.

…but wait! I am still out of breath!

Why could that be?

All this tension from trying to beat a 10 has made me nervous!

A common thing that people do when they are nervous is hold their breath.  If you are playing Max300 for example and you get out of breath, but your legs aren’t tired, you probably aren’t breathing right.

So let’s take a lesson from distance runners.

Distance runners usually space out their breathing so that it is almost in rhythm with their running pace. This can be used in DDR too!  Try it out next time you do something that really challenges you.

An example:  Breathe in …2…3…4… Breathe out …2…3…4 (repeat).

Breathing in rhythm can calm you down too, and will help you focus more clearly on beating those 10s!

AAing and AAAing 10’s

The DDR legends smile on you as you attempt the most challenging goal this game can offer:

Master the 10’s (getting them to at least AA level).

Some quick tips:

  • Remember to check your breathing.
  • Check your stance, make sure your feet are as close together as theycan get without breaking combo.
  • Keep your feet as flat as you can, but do not be afraid to keep them
    nice and relaxed.
  • Transition: keep both those legs moving or you will break down.
  • Think ahead, think of what is coming, and be prepared to move as needed to overcome it.
  • Good PA comes from practice, but from practice in general, not just on one song! If you can’t AA Max 300, maybe you can AA Bag, Paranoia Survivor Max, Xepher, or other songs!
  • Relax and have fun!!

Notes

If you are looking at beating 10 footers and want some training ideas, check this page:

Using Weights


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