Lesson – 14th April 2018


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!


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).

Coach’s instruction:

  • 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.

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



  • 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


Keep R shoulder back – this helped!


  • Extend R leg around + bring it around (i.e. don’t take a shortcut)
  • Outside edge – aim to land on an actual outside edge


  • 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)


  • Bend
  • Arms (back)
  • Forwards to R – really helped keeping the R arms pulled in over R side
  • Cross


  • 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!


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


  • 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 on 3rd March


  • 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



  • Bend
  • Connect
  • Ankle
  • Forward
  • Arms on R side


  • 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


  • 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!

Flying camel

Landing way over 50 per cent of my flying camels now.  Many of them are over the LFO edge too.

The main two tips that seem to help me (plus one that I need to work on):

  • Do a LFO edge semi-circle – jump on the end of that semi-circle
  • Jump off the TOE – think TOE
  • (Whip the L arm around)



Focused on new checklist:

  • Shoulder
  • Bend – i.e. bend the L knee to allow me to jump higher
  • Knee up – i.e. bring the R knee high towards the L hand
  • Knee in, toe down – i.e. turn the R knee in and the R toe down in order to get into a good landing position


  • Wind
  • Look
  • Wait – i.e. focus on the RFO edge
  • Left

Did some decent camels in the morning.  Then got terrible late morning.  Went for lunch and came back to the ice and did really, really good camels.


Actually kind of managed to land a flying camel today!!  Really helped to fling the L arm from forward (in the “wind up” position) to behind me just as I took off.

Not great back camel positions.  But there was definitely a jump of some sort.

Today’s skate and lesson



  • Upright
  • Shoulder
  • Toe (take off)
  • Cross ankles – this last bit seems to help me to land on my R side.  I’m getting about 1 and a half rotation then landing forwards
  • IDEALLY, I would ALSO pull the arms in while keeping them level.  But I can’t seem to do this and focus on the ankles at the moment.  So for now, I’m just concentrating on thinking ‘ankles’


  • Upright
  • Shoulder
  • Keep the L shoulder checked forward while bringing the R knee up
  • Curl the R arm in level


It helps me to get more jump when I bring the L arm around from front to back after the LFO edge.  So bring the L arm back while on the LFO just before the take off.


Coach said that it should help me to get the flying camel if I first can do a change foot camel.


Both coach A and coach B have said that I need to bring the free leg around (and not through) from the camel into the sit position.  Coach A suggested that I bring the L arm through from back to about 45 degrees in front before starting to bring the R leg around into the sit position.

Free skating lesson


My current mental checklist (at least before my lesson) was: Upright, shoulder, knee bend, level:

  • Upright = pull my body upright, as if someone has grabbed the top of my hair.
  • Shoulder = keep the L shoulder checked forward.
  • Knee bend = deep knee bend on L knee in order to propel me into the air.
  • Level = keep weight over L side and avoid dropping R shoulder while rotating.

However, I’m not crossing my ankles at all, even though I’m getting 1 and 3/4 rotation most of the time (but falling on my R side).

THEREFORE I need to work on a Salchow-back spin drill and think ‘knee in, toe down


Mental checklist which worked well on Monday (and today being Wednesday) was: Wind, look, leg, look, hands behind back:

  • Wind = on the back cross over LBI edge, wind L arm in front of body and R arm behind me
  • Look = look over my L shoulder
  • Leg = As I step onto my LFO edge, keep the R free leg behind me rather than allowing it to drop to the R side
  • Look = continue to look over L shoulder
  • Hands = clasp hands behind my back

However, the new mental checklist needs to include: Core + open hip:

  • Core = think about activating my core so that I keep my chest up and avoid letting the R free leg swing too wildly around
  • Open hip = keep the R hip open so that the R hip is lifted up, helping me to keep the weight on my L side

Not sure what the new, full mental checklist therefore should be.  Maybe I’ll try: Wind, look, core, open hip, leg, look.


Started this with coach today.  The theory is to do a semi-circle LFO edge, then to jump back across my own tracing to land on an RBO edge.

I tried a few but kept doing a 3-turn on the ice on my L foot.  So I need to think about jumping earlier.