I need to do the turn on the ice more quickly. So still the same actions, but with the turn/jump part more quickly.
- Bend (i.e. push onto LFO)
- Round – hook more quickly
- Pull in to R side and keep the arms in – the arms will naturally go out after I’ve landed
Need to keep my back straight (as I tend to dip forwards before take off). Combine that with allowing the L shoulder to turn more before/during take off.
Also try to turn the R hip on take off / in the air.
- Straight (back)
- Round (i.e. allow L shoulder to go around during take off)
- Turn R hip
- Pull to R
- Put L foot down with L calf touching R calf
- When in position, then straighten legs – stand up taller
- Exit by putting L foot down on LFI
The checklist remains the same. The issue is that I’m rarely actually enacting it.
- Forwards – this is one bit I’m not consistently doing
- Pull/twist – and keep the arms in until I land. I did this on one jump and it definitely felt like I rotated more quickly in the air!
Coach wants me to let the L shoulder go around a bit while I’m on the RBO edge. And only then to snap into in-air position. Also, to think about allowing the R hip to rotate inwards longer on the ice. Allowing the L shoulder go go further around helped me to stay more over my R side – felt better. So:
- R arm all the way back; L arm in front of belly button
- Ace of spades
- Allow the L arm to go around a little more
- Take off while allowing R hip to turn inwards more
- Pull/twist in to R side
I’m trying to switch to RFI 3-turn entry (which saves considerable time compared with the entry from back crossovers).
- Bend the knees (after the RFI 3-turn)
- Bring legs together before stepping on LFO edge
Worked this one out on my own. I know that in theory, I’m supposed to jump off the toe. But when I think “toe toe” I have a better chance of both taking off from L toe (and therefore getting more height) and landing on the R toe.
- Pull – punch those arms into my R side – really punch ’em!
BEFORE DOING DOUBLE SALCHOWS, do multiple backspin drills!
Do single salchow, turn in, back spin drills – focus on turning the foot in. TURN IN!
Do single loop, back spin drills. Points:
- Stand tall (as I was previously learning forwards slightly)
- Gradually build up speed – start slowly! Build confidence and technique first
CHANGE FOOT CAMEL SPIN
Generally slow down the change, plus:
- Flex L ankle on change (so as to avoid the toe pick of L blade when pushing up)
- Keep the R knee bent for longer
- Open L hip and bring the L leg behind the body / to the right side more
- 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)
- Arms (back)
- Forwards to R – really helped keeping the R arms pulled in over R side
- 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
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
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.
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)
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
- Twisty feeling in upper body???
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
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
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)
- Bend (at ankle)
- Turn in
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.
(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.
Some valuable corrections:
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.
- (RFI counter, change of edge)
- Forwards (i.e. lean upper body forwards into the jump)
- Arms outside of circle, i.e. aim towards my R side
Again, jump with upper body forwards. I was leaning back at the waist.
Also jump forwards.
Bend and go up. My rotation is decent. I’m just not getting enough height.
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.