Lessons

CAMEL SPIN

  • Bend
  • Chin
  • Together – i.e. L foot close to R foot on the ice
  • Turn – i.e. turn the L foot on the ice so it makes the smallest circle possible
  • Extend head/spine

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL

Keep R shoulder back – this helped!

FLYING CAMEL SPIN

  • Extend R leg around + bring it around (i.e. don’t take a shortcut)
  • Outside edge – aim to land on an actual outside edge

BACK SIT SPIN HOP

  • On the hop, keep the free leg open
  • Pull L hamstring in to keep legs together
  • Allow arms to go out sideways on the hop (as it looks a larger hop)

AXEL

  • Bend
  • Arms (back)
  • Forwards to R – really helped keeping the R arms pulled in over R side
  • Cross

DOUBLE SALCHOW

  • Bend/push
  • Connect – includes keeping the R arm back
  • Bend/round – i.e. bring R leg and R arm around together at same time – and accelerate…
  • …into pull (i.e. don’t lock eyes forwards).

Not jumping forwards so much and pulling in tight for longer did help me to get faster, better rotation – landed nearly clean and/or clean!

DOUBLE LOOP DRILLS

Drill 1: Air position in a straight line

  • Step from LFO to RB (but flat, not outside)
  • Keep R side really twisted back – as if the head were looking back
  • Cross the knees
  • And cross the ankles – pull the L toe away from the R foot
  • (It’s fine if the RB edge goes a bit RBI)

Drill 2: Snap into twizzle

  • Loop take-off feet
  • Allow R edge to deepen (go onto toe) as if for loop take-off
  • Turn to RF with L knee crossed over
  • Snap into air position (with tight arms and tight knees), twizzle (allowing the blade to rock back and forwards slightly)
  • Exit into landing position with R arm back

DOUBLE FLIP EXERCISE

  • Do a single flip take-off
  • Do a half rotation to land on RF edge – but with L knee up and crossed over L side + arms over R side
  • Step onto LFO
  • Do a second flip take-off but this time trying to get 1-and-a-half rotations

Lesson

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Push onto the LFO – coach said I had more speed and coverage. So:

  • Push (bend the L knee) on RFO
  • Connect
  • Toe
  • Forward
  • Pull in tight for longer – it helped me to speed the rotation and it looked cleaner as a jump

SIT SPIN (and all spins, really)

Do a tighter half-circle on the LFO. So if I’m facing north as I step, try to wait until I’m facing south before allowing the spin to happen.

Also helped on some camel spins.

BACK SIT SPIN HOP

During the back spin, come up on the R knee and then hop.

After the hop, stay up for a fraction of a second before descending back into the back sit position.

BACK SIT SPIN

My exit position was a bit ungainly. Coach L suggested coming up on the R knee while keeping the L foot in the sit position and then taking the free leg back.

Also need to think about keeping the L leg straight rather than breaking at the knee.

A spin, a jump

CAMEL SPIN

Epiphany during practice: I need to think about allowing the toe pick hit the ice before I push the L arm round and push the body into the twist position. Leads to acronym B(end), C(hin), D(iagonal), T(oe), R(ound):

  • Bend L knee
  • Chin on L shoulder
  • (Turn out R hip)
  • Diagonal with L arm – and really let the arm go forwards – as I need a few moments to skate on the LFO edge before it hits the toe
  • Toe, then arm goes round
  • Arms behind back

DOUBLE LOOP

Aim to keep the knees together. Do a drill: do a single loop, but tap the ankles (i.e. boots) together in the air and then release before landing.

Practice

DOUBLE LOOP

Got better rotation on Monday. Today (Wednesday), landed several 1/4-under double loops. Pulling in helps me to get faster rotation.

  • Twist (i.e. twist upper body clockwise)
  • Toe
  • Forwards
  • Pull

CAMEL

A bit inconsistent today. But it seemed to help when I looked at my L hand and followed it around. So:

  • Look at L hand
  • Diagonal
  • Twisty feeling in upper body???

Mostly jumps

AXEL

Coach L identified I was jumping too much “into the circle” – or at least my R leg was going into the circle rather than straight out.

  • Bend
  • Arms back
  • Toe (i.e. take off from L toe)
  • Arms forward/R leg forwards

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Coach asked me what I felt in the air. I didn’t really have a sensation I was aiming for. So he taught me to jump my R side forwards (towards the glass).

  • Bend
  • Connect
  • Toe/ankle (i.e. take off from R ankle – push up into the air)
  • Forwards/gather – i.e. aim R side forwards (towards the glass) and then gather the arms and R side in over the R axis

DOUBLE LOOP

Similar technique to double Salchow seemed to help me to get my knees tighter in the air.

  • Twist – i.e. twist upper body clockwise
  • Toe – take off from toe
  • Forwards/gather – BUT make sure my L arm does not go out too much – L arm needs to stay close to the body

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL SPIN

Put R little toe down – it helped me to centre my back camel!

  • Keep head up
  • (Avoid dipping the body down on the change)
  • Bring L arm forwards
  • Put R foot (R pinkie!) down
  • (Then stay slightly forwards on the blade – bottom toe pick)

BACK CAMEL (FROM RFI ENTRY)

Keep the free (L) leg straight from earlier on – rather thant trying to straighten it once in the spin

Lesson on 3rd March

AXEL

  • Bend R knee (i.e. while on RBO, immediately stepping – in order to get the L knee lower)
  • Arms back
  • Jump off toe
  • Arms forward/outside – i.e. to R side of body

Worked!

DOUBLE SALCHOW

  • Bend
  • Connect
  • Ankle
  • Forward
  • Arms on R side

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL SPIN

  • On the change, keep eyes up – looking at the handrail
  • On the change, take L arm across
  • Aim to be pigeon toed (i.e. R toe pointing in)
  • On LBO, aim to be on the bottom toe pick – don’t allow weight to go too far back on blade

FLYING CAMEL

  • LBO a semi-circle
  • Take off from the toe – and kick the R leg straight
  • Keep the L leg straight in the air too

Keeping each leg straight helped to keep the flying much tidier – better!

Lesson and group lesson

CAMEL SPIN

Slight tweaks. Diagonal with the L arm (so more in front of the R shoulder rather than in front of L). And focus earlier on the hip turn out.

  • Diagonal with L arm
  • Turn out R hip
  • Edge pressure
  • Toe, then arm goes around
  • Arms behind back

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL

  • Pigeon toe on the step onto RBO
  • At the same time: L shoulder and arm come forwards
  • Then L arm goes back behind back

BACK SLALOMS

(Did the group lesson and got some great edgework tips from coach L!)

Push leg out.

On outside edge, open up the knee

Move not the shoulders but the shoulder blades instead

EDGES

Bend the skating knee before stepping onto the other foot to change. That way, I get more knee bend and more power.

MOHAWK

After the change of foot, push the free foot into the circle. Gets more speed.

Spins

CAMEL SPIN

Allow the toe pick to go into the ice (to turn to LBI) before allowing the L arm to go around

  • Forward with L arm
  • Edge pressure
  • Toe, then arm goes around
  • Arms behind back
  • Turn out R hip

CAMEL-SIT SPIN

Keep the head weight forwards on the change – it means I wobble less.

BACK CAMEL

  • Keep weight over the R side as I step onto the RFI
  • Keep L foot down, knee straight and L hip open on entry (to try to get the correct leg position – rather than trying to correct it after a couple of revolutions)

SPIN VARIATION: BACK CAMEL BENT LEG

Try bending the L knee and turning the body up (i.e. L shoulder and arm up; R arm down). I go faster when I do this – and it would get me a level.

Get EDGE PRESSURE on camels!

CAMEL SPIN

Need more edge pressure! Even though I was saying it to myself over and over, I wasn’t actually implementing it. Need to be more mindful of this one thing. New acronym FERB seems to work well though. And then need to turn out the R hip afterwards. So:

  • Forward – with the L arm – let it (and the edge?) go forwards a bit rather than trying to throw it to the L too quickly
  • Edge pressure – bend the knee until the blade hits the toe pick
  • Round – sweep the L arm around the body
  • Behind – clasp both hands behind the body
  • Turn out the R hip – this helped me to keep the spinning circle quite small AND helped me to keep spinning and spinning. This really helped!

BACK CAMEL

  • Keep the body strong (i.e. avoid dipping the upper body and bouncing up and down) – go down smoothly
  • Point toe out – this is both more aesthetic and seems to help me to keep the L leg straight!

SIT SPIN

Start bending the L knee sooner (i.e. on the LFO rather than waiting until I have hit the toe and switched to a LBO edge). No pause. Seemed to work. It almost felt as if I was collapsing into the spin – but it did help me to get down into position more quickly.

AXEL

Not having worked on the Axel for months due to my posterior tibialis injury and rehab, my Axel had deteriorated a little. However, coach started to help me fix it. Immediately, I’m not putting my free foot down.

  • Jump forward – aim to get upper body over the R knee
  • Push L arm forwards/out of the circle