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

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!

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

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.

Lesson with coach K at Streatham (on 20th June 2016)

Some valuable corrections:

AXEL

Jump forwards. He pointed out I’m leaving my upper body behind. Therefore lean into the jump.

Also, RFI counter/change of edge entry seems to be working well – he suggested sticking with one entry.

Checklist:

  • (RFI counter, change of edge)
  • Bend
  • Forwards (i.e. lean upper body forwards into the jump)
  • Arms outside of circle, i.e. aim towards my R side

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Again, jump with upper body forwards. I was leaning back at the waist.

TOE LOOP

Also jump forwards.

DOUBLE LOOP

Bend and go up. My rotation is decent. I’m just not getting enough height.

CAMEL

Straighten my free leg!

LEVEL 7 FIELD MOVES – CHANGE OF EDGE, DOUBLE 3

On both exercises, hold the edge after the change of the edge for a second longer before the 3-turns.

LEVEL 7 FIELD MOVES – DOUBLE, DOUBLE 3S

Go wider across the width of the rink on each set of double, double 3s.

LEVEL 7 FIELD MOVES – ROCKER CHOCTAW

Hold the rocker. My edges were a bit flat.

LEVEL 7 FIELD MOVES – BRACKETS

Open the free leg knee before bracket. Turn the free toe in after the bracket.

Lesson

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Landed two 1/4-under doubles. Seemed to help when I thought about keeping the L shoulder forwards when pulling in. So:

  • (3-turn)
  • (Keep R arm back + palm turned sideways)
  • Bend
  • Forwards
  • Jump/toe
  • Twist L shoulder clockwise

DOUBLE LOOP

Was a bit forwards on take off today. So sit back on the blade a bit.

DOUBLE FLIP

The key to the half-flip, one-and-a-half flip drill is to allow the L leg to wrap around the R.

On the one-and-a-half, imagine a square on the ice under my body. After the toe pick, allow the L foot to go past until it is under my body. Then aim to keep the knees crossed.

Coach videoed me and I get not-bad rotation!

AXEL

On RFI counter, change of edge entry: jump in direction of my head – where I’m looking. And bend the R knee before stepping

CHANGE FOOT SIT SPIN

From back to forwards, lean the body weight to the R while putting weight on R heel. Then move it back to the L by moving the upper body counterclockwise rather than just trying to move from R to L.

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL SPIN

Coach said that the principle is just the same. He suggested watching Patrick Chan doing his. Looks like change from back camel to back sit position before stepping onto LFO (while leaning to R).

JUMP SIT SPIN

Timing, think: “Down, up, down” (? – not sure I got this right)

  • Down –
  • Up – hop the L toe into the air
  • Down – land on L toe

 

New stuff

FLYING SIT SPIN

Starting with a “hopping upright spin”:

  • Back cross over
  • Step onto LFO edge with more knee bend
  • Point the R foot out and R toe up
  • Wait until L blade changes from forwards to backwards (i.e. feel the change from middle of blade to ball) then hop off toe pick while R foot goes up
  • Arms: think L arm pulling a vertical rope down; think R arm comes up at same time as R foot

SALCHOW ENTRY

Different way to do a single salchow. Need to get the “crunch” on the R foot consistently. Then can try this as a double:

  • Strong RFO edge
  • Mohawk to LBI – but keep the R heel down so I get a “crunch” sound on the R foot
  • LBI into salchow

AXEL ENTRY

Two new ways to transition into an Axel.

  1. RFI bracket (to LBO edge). Wait until L shoulder is forwards for take off
  2. (NEW as of today:) RFI counter (to LBI edge); change of edge to LBO – but keep the L knee and hip open

These are both fun and I get more rotation – past 1/4 under and often fully rotated.

Axel checklist

Did a dozen good axels within my first 30 minutes using the following mental checklist:

  • Upright = imagine someone has pulled my hair and therefore body upright
  • Shoulder = check the L shoulder is forward
  • Toe = take off from my L toe pick

I ALSO need to think about keeping my R arm back – rather than bringing it forward then moving it back again.

So the new checklist really should be: Upright, shoulder, R arm back, toe.

However, when it came to showing my coach my axels, it all fell apart. Oh well.