Camel spins

CAMEL SPIN

Great camel spins on Monday:

  • Bend
  • Chin
  • Chest to L of L leg

BACK CAMEL VARIATION

Coach L taught me variation on the back camel:

  • Bend L knee
  • Twist upper body – R shoulder down and L shoulder up
  • Move L arm under the body

The key to staying in position is to focus throughout on staying on the same blade position.

Field moves lesson with coach D

FI TWIZZLES

RFI twizzle:

  • Start with R arm back, left arm forwards
  • Bring arms and shoulders to in front of R hip (although teaching ‘normal’ people, get them to aim for shoulders over hips and hands in front of belly button)
  • Bring L leg in and transfer weight to R hip

LEVEL 8 CHOCTAWS EXERCISE

Part 1 – quick turns

  • RFI start
  • RFI-RBO 3-turn
  • Change of edge
  • RBI-RFO 3-turn
  • Step onto LFO sequence
  • Step onto RFI
  • LFI sequence
  • RFO sequence

Bend knees after change of edge so that the second turn is on the peak of the semi-circle.

Part 2 – choctaws

  • Keep shoulders level. E.g. from L back to R forward, keep R shoulder and hip up (to get them level)
  • Once I’ve mastered keeping the shoulders level, then think about more knee bend

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.