Lesson – 27th April 2018

DOUBLE SALCHOW

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)
  • Connect
  • Round – hook more quickly
  • Forwards
  • Pull in to R side and keep the arms in – the arms will naturally go out after I’ve landed

DOUBLE LOOP

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

CROSSFOOT SPIN

  • 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
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Lesson – 14th April 2018

DOUBLE SALCHOW

The checklist remains the same. The issue is that I’m rarely actually enacting it.

  • Bend
  • Connect
  • 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!

DOUBLE LOOP

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

FLYING CAMEL

I’m trying to switch to RFI 3-turn entry (which saves considerable time compared with the entry from back crossovers).

Coach’s instruction:

  • Bend the knees (after the RFI 3-turn)
  • Bring legs together before stepping on LFO edge

AXEL

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.

  • Bend
  • Bend
  • Arms
  • Toe-toe
  • Pull – punch those arms into my R side – really punch ’em!

Lesson – 16th March 2018

AXEL

Getting good rotation generally. But coach added a few pointers. So:

  • Bend – i.e. on RBO
  • Bend – i.e. on LBI
  • Arms (back)
  • Toe
  • Knee up – to get height
  • (Bring arms up to near chest and not too far away from body)
  • Punch self on R pec!
  • Twist hips anti-clockwise in / cross ankles

 

DOUBLE SALCHOW

I had been doing:

  • Bend (on LFO)
  • Connect
  • Toe
  • Forwards

Coach suggested I focus on press of L ball of foot into boot / into ice. So now:

  • Press (same as before – on LFO)
  • Press (same as before – feeling the weight on L ball of foot)
  • Press – keep weight over L ball of foot – feel the press of L ball of foot – rather than allowing weight to go in between both legs
  • Punch self on R pec!
  • Twist hips / cross ankles

 

CAMEL SPIN

  • Keep head up (looking at hand rail around the rink)
  • Bend / keep weight over the L foot (as I had previously been a bit far back) – this helps to avoid skidding on the entry!

 

Lesson – 18th December

AXEL

Pull arms in over R side – aim for that twisted body position.

So:

  • Bend (RBO edge, i.e. before stepping onto L foot)
  • Bend
  • Arms
  • Toe
  • Pull/R side

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL

On the change (i.e. at the moment the L blade pushes off the ice), take the R arm back

  • Flex L ankle on change (so as to avoid the toe pick of L blade when pushing up)
  • Take R arm back (to 5 o’clock)
  • Keep the R knee bent for longer
  • Open L hip and bring the L leg behind the body / to the right side more

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Practising this on my own, I realised that I got better rotation by jumping forwards (which I had been forgetting to do). So:

  • Bend
  • Bend
  • Connect (L hamstring back)
  • Round, i.e. bring R arm around at same time as R leg)
  • Forwards
  • Pull in to R side

Lesson 27th November

DOUBLE SALCHOW

BEFORE DOING DOUBLE SALCHOWS, do multiple backspin drills!

Do single salchow, turn in, back spin drills – focus on turning the foot in. TURN IN!

DOUBLE LOOP

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

Lesson – 4th October 2017

DOUBLE SALCHOW

After the 3-turn (i.e. after ‘connect’), coach wanted me to accelerate bringing the R leg and arm through. So:

  • Bend/push – coach wants me to bend and push with more speed
  • Connect
  • Bring R arm/leg around more quickly
  • Toe
  • Pull arms in and cross the knees more tightly

CHANGE FOOT CAMEL

Coach wants me to enter the spin with more speed. So:

  • RFI 3-turn and bend
  • Step onto LFO with more speed
  • Still allow the L arm to go around more slowly (i.e. don’t rush the L arm)

Then on the change:

  • Keep the head lifted up (and only a little to the R). Keeping the head lifted helped me to do good, strong back camels

(UPRIGHT) SPIN

In order to travel less:

  • Bend at the L ankle so that I can press the ball of the foot into the ice – this helped me to centre a bit better

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

Lesson

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Push onto the LFO – coach said I had more speed and coverage. So:

  • Push (bend the L knee) on RFO
  • Connect
  • Toe
  • Forward
  • Pull in tight for longer – it helped me to speed the rotation and it looked cleaner as a jump

SIT SPIN (and all spins, really)

Do a tighter half-circle on the LFO. So if I’m facing north as I step, try to wait until I’m facing south before allowing the spin to happen.

Also helped on some camel spins.

BACK SIT SPIN HOP

During the back spin, come up on the R knee and then hop.

After the hop, stay up for a fraction of a second before descending back into the back sit position.

BACK SIT SPIN

My exit position was a bit ungainly. Coach L suggested coming up on the R knee while keeping the L foot in the sit position and then taking the free leg back.

Also need to think about keeping the L leg straight rather than breaking at the knee.

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!