- Start with R arm back, left arm forwards
- Bring arms and shoulders to in front of R hip (although teaching ‘normal’ people, get them to aim for shoulders over hips and hands in front of belly button)
- Bring L leg in and transfer weight to R hip
LEVEL 8 CHOCTAWS EXERCISE
Part 1 – quick turns
- RFI start
- RFI-RBO 3-turn
- Change of edge
- RBI-RFO 3-turn
- Step onto LFO sequence
- Step onto RFI
- LFI sequence
- RFO sequence
Bend knees after change of edge so that the second turn is on the peak of the semi-circle.
Part 2 – choctaws
- Keep shoulders level. E.g. from L back to R forward, keep R shoulder and hip up (to get them level)
- Once I’ve mastered keeping the shoulders level, then think about more knee bend
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.
Learnt a new (Japanese) rocker exercise on Friday 14th March – forward and backward outside rockers:
- LFO semi-circle
- At top of semi-circle, do LFO rocker (i.e. rotate body counterclockwise) onto LBO
- LBO semi-circle
- At top of semi-circle, push onto RBO
- RBO semi-circle
- At top of semi-circle, do RBO rocker (i.e. foot goes counterclockwise, but rotate body clockwise) onto RFO
- RFO semi-circle
- Push onto LFO
- (And repeat)
And opposite for other leg of course.
From back to forward rocker, key is to twist shoulders around before the turn and then (on the turn itself) twist in opposite direction to feet and hips.
Two things to focus on when I step onto the LFO. One, CREASE at the hip. Two, make sure I step onto a clear OUTSIDE edge as opposed to a flat edge.
- Leg (on back crossovers, make sure I have a straight L leg)
- Look – and stay looking
- Crease / LFO
- Toe pick
- Unwind L arm
LEVEL 7 FIELD MOVES – FOUR 3-TURNS
On outside 3-turns, keep the opposite shoulder forward. Don’t let the shoulder pre-rotate. For example, on R outside 3-turn, keep the L shoulder forward (like on a loop jump) and let the edge do the work.
Practise staying on the outside edge. Keep doing the drill when I toe pick close to the L foot. Don’t worry about jumping for now – just on keeping on a clean LFO edge.
LEVEL 8 – FORWARD COUNTERS
On forward inside counters, twist the shoulders so that opposite shoulder is over the skating hip and then turn when the twist is uncomfortable. E.g. on LFI edge, twist the R shoulder over the L hip. As the LFI edge progresses, keep the shoulders facing forward.
On forward inside counters, stay on the ball of the foot. Especially on the RFI counter, I have a tendency to turn on the toe pick and then rock back onto the back of the blade. So stay on the ball of the foot.
LEVEL 8 – KILLIAN CHOCTAWS
Focus on quality of edges (as I’m currently changing edges sometimes after the choctaw).
Moving start. Start the sequence a few metres away from the barrier (to give myself room on the second choctaw): LFO down the rink, RFI (diagonal), LBO, RBI (keep this a clean edge as I was changing edge – and keep the feet neatly together and parallel), etc.
LEVEL 8 – TWIZZLES
Focus on doing outside edge, outside edge, twizzle. Keep the toes pointed inwards towards each other.
Drill: start on RBO, cross roll (i.e. swing L foot behind) onto LBO, RBO (i.e. keeping R foot crossed over L), LBO, RBO; cross cut (i.e. swing L leg forward to cross over) onto LBO, RBO, LBO; cross cut…
So it’s a 1-2-3 cross cut; 1-2-3 cross cut…
I was changing edge very noticeably. So coach suggested I do a back outside counter to practise the edge feeling I need, i.e. LBO, swing R foot behind L heel, then rotate anti-clockwise to LFO.
And on the Lutz itself, I need to toe pick later. So still reach the R foot back, but then toe pick closer to the L foot – in fact next to the L foot and within one blade length from it.
Drill: Do 5 counters, THEN do 1 Lutz.
LEVEL 7 – QUICK 3-TURNS
When I showed coach my 3-turns, he said I was leaning back and had my arms too high. So:
Keep hands lower (similar height to bottom of the pecs) and keep the elbows soft and rounded. Also, imagine I’m hugging a beach ball – so lean slightly forward.
When changing from the camel into the sit, think about staying over my L axis.
Then bring the L arm around sooner. (Perhaps think back to the ‘butterfly’ motion I tried a few weeks ago?)
LEVEL 8 FAST CHOCTAWS
Rotate the hips in order to twist the feet into the correct direction.
LEVEL 8 BACK TWIZZLES
Aim to turn just behind the ball of the foot rather than alternating between back of blade and ball of blade.
Avoid rocking the upper body on the cross cuts.
Keep the ankles more tightly together.
LEVEL 7 – QUICK 3-TURNS
I tend to turn with my arms out. Coach told me to bring them into a horizontal circle with fingers (more or less) touching.
Also, keep the shoulders level – as this helped me to stay more even on the inside 3s
LEVEL 8, EXERCISE 6 – TWIZZLES
This is only the second part of the Twizzles:
- LBO, cross cut RBO, LBO
- LBO Twizzle (with R foot crossed over L)
- LBO exit
- Cross RBO behind, cross cut LBO, RBO
- RBO Twizzle (with L foot crossed over R)
Stay on ball of foot for the Twizzles
LEVEL 8, EXERCISE 4 – CHOCTAWS
Get a ‘scrape’ of the blade as it goes forward.
Also, keep the weight of the upper body travelling fowards. At the moment on the second side (i.e. with R shoulder leading), I tend to drop the body weight behind.