After about 3 years of trying this, it is finally beginning to
happen. I am able to do my jumps with smooth easy
timing. I was beginning to think it impossible, but nope ..
it works. Only thing is this. The "relaxed" jump is not
a beginner jump. It is the result of really understanding
the technique of the jump .. being properly rested and
warmed up so my timing is right on .. and having well
prepared equipment on properly surfaced ice. The
relaxed jump is not done with snap, nor is it done with
power. It is smooth and properly timed from beginning
to end. It feels effortless, and it actually works like
your mind visualizes it. When one of your jumps becomes
an R-jump, you will pretty much never miss it again.
Right now, my true R-jumps are loop, waltz, and t-loop.
I can generate R-jumps in flip, but I still have periods
of flinching and rushing components of the jump. I'm
getting there with the Sal, but I know that my Sal is
still in technique development because I'm having to
focus on the vertical lift. I'm also convinced that there
are elite skaters who have never done an R-jump in
their life. I think the R-jump might even be an unknown
factor in coaching .. or even impossible to coach since
it is the result of many many years of work with nothing
more than playing in mind. The R-jump is a guru jump.