BACK CAMEL VARIATION
Get a Level by doing this back camel variation:
- Turn body out (i.e. rotate L shoulder up)
- Bend free leg
- Turn R arm towards belly button
SIT SPIN LEVELS
Get a spin level by doing:
- Back sit spin –> hop (by coming up slightly first and then doing a hop) –> back sit spin
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.
- Arms back
- Toe (i.e. take off from L toe)
- Arms forward/R leg forwards
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).
- 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
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
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
Keep the head weight forwards on the change – it means I wobble less.
- 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.
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!
- 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!
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.
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
- 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
(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.
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.
- F l o w . . .
- Bend R knee (as stepping onto RFO)
- Arms IN
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)
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).
Coach has set me a challenge:
- Camel (4 revolutions), sit (4 revs), upright (4 revs)
- Back camel (4 revs), back sit (4 revs), upright (4 revs)
I can already sometimes do it. Just need to work on consistency.
Skating down the rink is 12 o’clock.
Do a RFI and then look to the 9 o’clock position. That seems to help me keep my weight over my R side to do really good back camels.
Really good back camels by keeping the L shoulder forward on the RFI entry edge.
Previously, I had sometimes been hopping on the RFI edge into the camel. Keeping the L shoulder forward seems to have sorted that.
Skater M said to me on back camel that my free (L) leg needs to be locked and straight.
Also said that I need to keep my L leg straight on flying camel.