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
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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 – 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

 

Lesson

HALF FLIP, ONE-AND-A-HALF FLIP

Working towards a double flip.

Drill:

  • Half flip – i.e. take off as flip, but only a 1/2 rotation to land forwards on R foot
  • Immediately put L foot down
  • Push off R foot into…
  • One-and-a-half flip, i.e. rotate 1 and 1/2

Teaching points:

  • Take off half flip and one-and-a-half flip with R arm far back – imagine that I’m hugging a redwood treet on my R side
  • Pull arms in to R side

DOUBLE SALCHOW

I’m bending on the 3-turn, but not bending from the LBI edge – and that’s where I need to be bending.

Checklist:

  • (3-turn)
  • Bend – this is the critical bit I’m not doing!
  • Forwards
  • Knee
  • Toe
  • Pull/twist – i.e. pull to R side

DOUBLE LOOP

Three mistakes/things I need to do:

  • I was winding my upper body but forgetting to wind the legs. Think ‘sway’ from now on.
  • I need to get further towards forwards before taking off
  • I’m usually not activating the ankle/toe to take off and get that extra bit of height

Therefore checklist:

  • Sway – i.e. turn upper body clockwise while also allowing R foot to go onto inside edge before going strongly back onto the outside edge
  • (Feet) – (feet crossed, although I do this all the time automatically now, hence the brackets around this)
  • Forwards – jump forwards
  • Ankle/toe – to get that height
  • Pull

Doubles

DOUBLE LOOP

Landed a couple of clean doubles!

Got more height by thinking about jumping through the ankle.

So checklist is:

  • Wind (i.e. wind in opposite direction)
  • Feet (i.e. L foot is crossed over R foot – both blades on outside edges)
  • Forwards (i.e. wait until rotated forwards before taking off)
  • Ankle/toe – use the ankle to jump off the toe to get that extra bit of height – the first time I did it, I felt scared by the extra height I got, so this works!
  • Pull in – mindfully pull pull pull

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Practised one-foot (single) salchows. Think about taking off from forwards – this was helpful!

Checklist for the double:

  • Bend
  • Forwards (i.e. wait until LFI takes me to forwards)
  • Toe – i.e. take off from toe
  • Knee – i.e. kick knee up, but keep R foot closer to body than the knee – this helped me to get an extra 1/4 rotation!
  • Twist/pull – i.e. pull in to R side

DOUBLE FLIP

Cleaned up my single flip. Practise this cleaner, lighter flip for a while.

Checklist:

  • Tap towards the diagonal (i.e. on the LFI, tap R to change to LFO) – but jump straight
  • Arms – shortly after the tap, reach the R arm forwards, but letting the hand go no further than the L hand
  • Toe pick
  • Allow the L leg to “get out of the way” – my weight should be a little more over my L side than it has been (I tend to be too much on R side)