NEW YORK — You’re already pretty good at something.
You already know how to play the guitar.
And you already know the rules.
But what if you were to start learning how to skateboard?
What would you learn?
How to turn a simple skill into a game-changing, life-changing success?
That’s the question the world of sports psychology is trying to answer with a new project, the Mad Magazine Challenge, which seeks to teach kids how to excel at skateboarding.
“It’s a really simple question,” said Daniel Hirschfeld, co-founder of Mad Magazine and the creator of the new program.
“Kids need to be challenged to think about how they can be successful in sports, and to think creatively about how to do it.”
Kids are going to look at me, and say, ‘Why don’t you come up with something?”’ he added.
“What I see is kids who are struggling to do something,” Hirschfeind said.
“What we have found in our own field is that the best athletes come from a very humble and humble beginnings.
And those kids who have already mastered something, and have made a lot of progress, and they are really good at what they’re doing.”
The first thing that you need to know about skateboarding is that it’s very hard to lose a skateboard, said Mark Smith, who founded Mad Magazine.
Smith said the kids of skateboarding need to take the challenge seriously, and take pride in their skills.””
So it’s about the self-confidence to not just get it right, but to be a true pro, to do the right thing.”
Smith said the kids of skateboarding need to take the challenge seriously, and take pride in their skills.
“I think kids need to understand they are in a world where they’re going to be taught to do things differently,” he said.
That’s why the Mad Magazines Challenge is focused on a skateboarding class for kids who can’t afford to attend school, said Hirschfield.
They are able to buy and use skateboards in the gym, and so they don’t have to worry about having to go to the store.
“They get a skate board in the back of the car, they get it to school, and it’s a no-cost way to get them to school,” he explained.
“And it’s really important for kids to be able to show the world what they can do, and what they know,” Hinkstich said.
Hirschfeld and his students will have students learn how to move around on a two-foot board, how to jump off a board, and how to make a smooth transition from one foot to the other.
“We are looking for kids that can’t skate, kids that have never been on a board before, kids who don’t know how much they can learn about skateboards and their skills,” he added, adding that the goal is to get kids to “go, skate, play.”
“It doesn’t have anything to do with the kids getting a piece of the action, or a skate, or any of that stuff,” he continued.
“It’s more about showing the world how we can teach kids to skate.”
The Mad Magazine Challenge is being run in conjunction with the National Skateboard Association, and the team will have the first three days of classes on April 22.
If the program goes well, Hirschfields hopes to expand the class to include other disciplines, like skating, which is much more physical and requires a lot more skills.
While skateboarding can be done at any age, there are certain milestones for young kids that make it a unique skill.
“You have to have a sense of discipline,” Smith said.
“When I was younger, I had to get up every morning and do a certain amount of work.
So the next time I get up I have to do a different kind of work.”
Smith hopes to help young skateboarders succeed, and said that he and his team are not trying to teach them how to be great skaters.
“We’re just trying to give them a solid foundation so they can make the leap from what they have to what they want to do,” he told NBC News.
“And I think that will help them to succeed.”