Episode #54: Damien Schumann's Rock Solid Techniques to Beat the Best Blocker of All Time

How to beat the best blocker of all time?!

You have to master all these rock-solid techniques to make it possible for you to hit the ball through the blocking line of the opposing team successfully. Take a listen to the latest episode of the Mark Burik and Brandon Joyner coaching podcast with Olympian Damien Schumann.


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Timestamps:

  • 01:12 - Introduction
  • 10:47 - Damien's Turning Point
  • 25:59 - Damien's Version of Tough
  • 31:21 - Coaching and Caring
  • 40:52 - How do the block signals change?
  • 50:29 - Full Arm-Swing Techniques
  • 1:13:23 - Q and A
  • 2:00:19 - Better at Beach Announcements


Head Coach Mark Burik has been coaching sports for 16 years and has over a decade of playing and coaching experience in volleyball. Burik has been a mainstay on the AVP Tour and also competes regularly on the FIVB World Tour. Recognized as one of the top beach volleyball players in the country, he has numerous championships under his belt and has won the legendary Pottstown Rumble three times. He has been a part of the Gold Medal Squared staff, which promotes a system of teaching designed by national team coaches.

Brandon started playing volleyball in Chester, Virginia when he was 16 years old for his high school volleyball team. As a senior, Brandon was named Virginia State Player of the Year and has been a coach for more than 10 years. He found success in the National Volleyball League as high as third and also took home the “Most Improved” award in 2016.

Schumann, aged 33, made history in 2018 by winning gold in the first ever beach volleyball event at the Commonwealth Games, paired with Chris McHugh. In his 11-year international career Schumann played in over 50 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World Tour events, winning two of them in Shepparton (2017) and Phnom Penh, Thailand (2020), both in partnership with McHugh. Schumann was also the Asian Champion in 2020 and Australian Champion on multiple occasions. He was ranked 18th in the world after the 2017 season.


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