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
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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!

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.

Double Salchow

Got better rotation by curling the R arm in – by thinking about curling the R shoulder and arm in, and allowing the L arm to come over the top of it.

So:

  • L shoulder
  • (3-turn)
  • Connect
  • Bend
  • Arms/around – curl the R shoulder internally into the body
  • Toe

Salchow and Streatham

DOUBLE SALCHOW

Good rotation occasionally. Key seems to be to delay take off. Key for me in blue:

  • L shoulder (forwards)
  • (3-turn)
  • Connect
  • Bend
  • Around/arms – i.e. turn as far forwards as possible while keeping both arms/elbows level

NOTE TO SELF

Streatham ice rink does not allow spins (even upright spins – according to one of the women marshalls) when it’s holiday time. Either take chance or avoid rink during holidays.