Spin lesson

CAMEL SPIN

  • Stretch L arm (as I was swiping the L arm sideways too quickly)
  • Straighten R leg
  • LFO edge pressure – listen for the crunch! This really helped!

BACK CAMEL

  • Go into the back camel on a flatter RBI (as I was going around in too large a circle) – this alone was really helpful
  • Keep L foot close to ice
  • Clasp hands behind back (to make it look neater)

SIT SPIN

  • Bring the R foot around (rather than underneath the body)
  • And go down into the sit spin position much more quickly (as coach L videoed me and I was taking about 2 revs to get into lowest position)

CAMEL-SIT SPIN

  • On the change, keep head forwards and down (think “nodding as if I’m falling asleep and my chin is dropping to my chest”) on the change from camel to sit position

CHANGE FOOT JUMP SIT

  • Jump then turn R hip and R foot in
  • Also keep weight over the R side

 

Spins

BACK CAMEL

  • Keep head/chest up
  • Keep L foot close to ice
  • Stay down in R knee until free leg hits 9 o’clock; at 9 o’clock, the L arm also starts to go back
  • Keep the L side stretched and the head to the R side – this really helped to keep me on the correct edge and do a good number of revolutions

FLYING SIT SPIN

Think Salchow take off!

  • RFO for half a circle, then hop off toe (like a Salchow)
  • Bring R foot around
  • Land on L toe – really important to avoid skidding

CHANGE FOOT HOP SPIN

(A drill for preparing to learn the death drop)

  • Do a normal forward sit spin
  • Then hop into the air
  • Turn the L leg out (i.e. into usual back sit position)
  • Land on the R foot in a sit spin

Back inside counters

(Coach D gave these to me, as I have a RBI counter in my step sequence).

  • RFI
  • Mohawk to LBI
  • RBI
  • Shoulders to R
  • Rise up on knee, shoulders facing down the rink – neutral shoulders
  • Counter to RFI (while shoulders go back to R)
  • And repeat

Repeat on other leg

  • LFI
  • Mohawk to RBI
  • LFI
  • Shoulders to L
  • Etc.

Level 5 programme

PROGRAMME START

N, E, S, W

  • Start middle of rink and facing judge (E)
  • R toe pivot, i.e. L foot goes backwards. Turn 270 degrees
  • L foot 3-turns to forwards, continues around anti-clockwise until facing N before going in a circle to clockwise
  • Keep pivoting clockwise until facing N
  • Step flat RB
  • Flat LB
  • Cross R over L to RBI
  • LFI bracket to LBO
  • RBI
  • Hop to LBI
  • Step RF flat up to N
  • L 3-turn to LBO
  • Both feet on ice by putting RBO
  • Cross RB over LB
  • LFO
  • RFO counter towards S
  • Change B edge
  • Axel
  • Land and immediately cross LB under RB
  • Cross LB under RB again (towards S rather than SW)
  • LFO
  • Cross RFI
  • LFO
  • RFI spiral (just for a few metres past judge – but not too close to judge)
  • Near judge, bring L foot through into choctaw
  • Cross RBI
  • LFO 3-turn
  • Back cross
  • Back cross (to gain speed)
  • Double Salchow
  • L 3-turn
  • Back cross overs to N
  • Inside RFI 3-turn
  • Hop
  • Inside RFI 3-turn into sit spin
  • Change foot to R back sit
  • Glide backward to N wall
  • Pause
  • Into step sequence…

AMENDED STEP SEQUENCE

Complete sequence:

  • (Not enough time for 3 turns on one foot)
  • Start bottom corner of rink (by fire exit), doing back cross overs clockwise, i.e. crossing R over L
  • Bend knee into LBO counter
  • LFO rocker
  • LBO counter
  • LFO into
  • 3 jump (land with L leg in landing position as usual)
  • RBO 3-turn
  • Put L left down into spread eagle
  • Allow spread eagle to turn me
  • RBI
  • LFO
  • (LFO rocker, counter, rocker WOULD have gone here if enough time)
  • RFI down rink into rocker
  • After rocker (i.e. now on RBI), put L foot down in front of R foot; open R shoulder to turn toward judge’s side of rink
  • Bend R foot, step onto L
  • RFI twizzle two and a half times (to backwards) note on twizzle to allow the foot to glide forward across the ice on the forward part of the twizze
  • L toe, R toe (while turning), cross L over R while backwards
  • Step RFO
  • L cross roll
  • Now on L foot, 3 3-turns to finish on LBI
  • Step RBI
  • LBO
  • R cross (to RBI)
  • RBI counter to RFI
  • L choctaw (turn R shoulder anticlockwise into it) to LBO
  • While backward, cross R over L
  • LFI into bracket to LBO
  • Step onto RBI
  • LFO
  • Double time chassis (i.e. RFI briefly then back to LFO)
  • LFO into rocker to LBO
  • R cross
  • Step onto flat LF (while keeping body facing backward)
  • RB flat (while keeping body facing backward)
  • Cross LB over
  • RFO
  • Cross L under
  • Step R into RFI twizzle, finishing on RBO
  • END

Level 5 programme

PROGRAMME START

N, E, S, W

  • Start facing judge (E)
  • R toe pivot, i.e. L foot goes backwards. Turn 270 degrees
  • L foot 3-turns to forwards, continues around anti-clockwise until facing N before going in a circle to clockwise
  • Keep pivoting clockwise until facing N
  • Step flat RB
  • Flat LB
  • Cross R over L to RBI
  • LFI bracket to LBO
  • RBI
  • Hop to LBI

AMENDED STEP SEQUENCE

Complete sequence:

  • Start bottom corner of rink (by fire exit), doing back cross overs clockwise, i.e. crossing R over L
  • Bend knee into LBO counter
  • LFO rocker
  • LBO counter
  • LFO into 3 jump (land with L leg in landing position as usual)
  • RBO 3-turn
  • Put L left down into spread eagle
  • Allow spread eagle to turn me
  • RBI
  • LFO
  • RFI down rink into rocker
  • After rocker (i.e. now on RBI), put L foot down in front of R foot; open R shoulder to turn toward judge’s side of rink
  • Bend R foot, step onto L
  • RFI twizzle two and a half times (to backwards) note on twizzle to allow the foot to glide forward across the ice on the forward part of the twizze
  • L toe, R toe (while turning), cross L over R while backwards
  • Step RFO
  • L cross roll
  • Now on L foot, 3 3-turns to finish on LBI
  • Step RBI
  • LBO
  • R cross (to RBI)
  • RBI counter to RFI
  • L choctaw (turn R shoulder anticlockwise into it) to LBO
  • While backward, cross R over L
  • LFI into bracket to LBO
  • Step onto RBI
  • LFO
  • Double time chassis (i.e. RFI briefly then back to LFO)
  • LFO into rocker to LBO
  • R cross
  • Step onto flat LF (while keeping body facing backward)
  • RB flat (while keeping body facing backward)
  • Cross LB over
  • RFO
  • Cross L under
  • Step R into RFI twizzle, finishing on RBO
  • END

Level 5 step sequence

Began working on step sequence on 14th September.

So far:

  • Start bottom corner of rink (by fire exit)
  • 3 jump (land with L leg in landing position as usual)
  • RBO 3-turn
  • Put L left down into spread eagle
  • Allow spread eagle to turn me
  • RBI
  • LFO
  • RFI down rink into rocker
  • After rocker (i.e. now on RBI), put L foot down in front of R foot; open R shoulder to turn toward judge’s side of rink
  • Bend R foot, step onto L
  • RFI twizzle two and a half times (to backwards)
  • L toe, R toe (while turning), cross L over R while backwards
  • Step RFO
  • L cross roll
  • Now on L foot, 3 3-turns to finish on LBI
  • Step RBI
  • LBO
  • R cross (to RBI)
  • RBI counter to RFI
  • L choctaw (turn R shoulder anticlockwise into it) to LBO
  • While backward, cross R over L
  • LFI into bracket to LBO
  • Step onto RBI
  • LFO
  • Double time chassis (i.e. RFI briefly then back to LFO)
  • RFI into rocker to RBI
  • Step onto flat LF (while keeping body facing backward)
  • RB flat (while keeping body facing backward)
  • Cross LB over
  • RFI
  • (Still need a few steps – perhaps a turn on L foot, as most turns are on R?)

Lesson – 31st August 2016

AXEL

I was rotating a bit too quickly. Need to drive leg and arms forwards more before turning in. And punch arms out more quickly after landing.

  • RFI counter
  • Change to RFO edge
  • Bend R knee (i.e. will still on RFO)
  • Step/bend on L knee
  • Kick R knee up + launch arms in direction of travel (and let the foot and arms go a bit further in terms of length…)
  • …turn R knee in

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Got better rotation by bending at the L ankle before take-off. During lesson, after lesson and on Friday, I continued to get good rotation, landing a couple of 1/4-under double Sals.

  • F l o w . . .
  • Bend R knee (as stepping onto RFO)
  • (3-turn)
  • Connect
  • Bend (at ankle)
  • Forwards
  • Turn in

DOUBLE LOOP

During lesson and after, I got better rotation (landing to 1/4-under!) by focusing on twisting R shoulder back. Therefore:

  • Twist (i.e. sway) – focusing on R shoulder going quite a way back and around
  • Ball of foot for longer
  • Forwards – this really helps me to get that extra quarter rotation
  • Pull in

JUMP SIT SPIN

Think of the timing as a one-foot Salchow, but jumping on the spot rather than travelling. And bring R foot around to forwards on the (small) jump.

Lesson

AXEL

(From RI counter, change of edge) Keep an active knee: step onto L foot and keep going down before jumping up. I was a bit static on the L foot.

Also, think about pulling L arm in to R shoulder.

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Bend R knee on 3-turn before the salchow. This immediately helped me to get more height on the jump.

Also, aim for more flow from R step forwards into 3-turn. Landed several 1/4 underrotated.

So:

  • F l o w . . .
  • Bend R knee (as stepping onto RFO)
  • (3-turn)
  • Connect
  • Bend
  • Arms IN

DOUBLE LOOP

Remember the Ace of Spades twist beforehand.

Also, I was tending to scrape the ice with my toe pick long before take-off. So aim to stay on ball of foot for longer, THEN go off the toe.

  • (Clockwise) Sway
  • Ball of foot (for longer)
  • Forwards
  • Toe

BACK CAMEL

Remember to dip the body over the R side on entry.

Bring L arm around at same time as L leg (i.e. bring arm around a bit earlier).

Keep L foot turned out (as it was a bit dropped down towards ice during lesson).

SPINS

Coach has set me a challenge:

  • Camel (4 revolutions), sit (4 revs), upright (4 revs)

And, separately:

  • Back camel (4 revs), back sit (4 revs), upright (4 revs)

I can already sometimes do it. Just need to work on consistency.

Double Salchow

Got better rotation by curling the R arm in – by thinking about curling the R shoulder and arm in, and allowing the L arm to come over the top of it.

So:

  • L shoulder
  • (3-turn)
  • Connect
  • Bend
  • Arms/around – curl the R shoulder internally into the body
  • Toe

Salchow and Streatham

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Good rotation occasionally. Key seems to be to delay take off. Key for me in blue:

  • L shoulder (forwards)
  • (3-turn)
  • Connect
  • Bend
  • Around/arms – i.e. turn as far forwards as possible while keeping both arms/elbows level

NOTE TO SELF

Streatham ice rink does not allow spins (even upright spins – according to one of the women marshalls) when it’s holiday time. Either take chance or avoid rink during holidays.