The next thing most beginning ice skaters learn, after mastering falling down and getting up, is how to move forward on the ice.
Once gliding on one foot and forward swizzles are mastered, a new figure skater can begin to learn is "forward stroking".
This exercise will help beginning figure skaters become comfortable with the feeling of moving backward on ice skates.
Crossovers are the way ice skaters move around corners.
Learning to spin on skates is not easy, but it is fun!
There are certain jumps that all ice skaters learn.
When figure skaters put a series of turns and steps together, they are doing the footwork. The possibilities are endless.
A waltz jump takes off from a forward outside edge. A half revolution is made in the air, and the ice skater lands on a back outside edge on the opposite foot.
A salchow jump is done from the back inside edge of one foot to the back outside edge of the other foot. A half revolution is done in the air. The salchow jump was invented by Ulrich Salchow in 1909.
This jump was invented during the 1920s by Bruce Mapes who was an American professional show skater. In fact, in artistic roller figure skating, the toe loop is called a Mapes Jump.
This jump is easy for non-skaters to recognize since there is no toe assistance. It is considered an "edge jump" since no toe assistance is used on the take-off. Loop jumps are often done as the second jump in figure skating jump combinations.
It's amazing how many people, starting in skating, spend all their time looking at their feet rather than in the direction they are going. Instead, keep your head up and look in front of you so that you can see who or what you are about to collide with!
If you’re stepping out for the first time, then hire skates available at most centres will be fine. But if you get the skating bug and decide to take it up, buy a decent pair of skates that will last and most importantly, fit well and provide good support.
The right skates for you will not be the correct ones if they are tied incorrectly. Make sure your skates are not too tight or too loose.
Instructor at N'Ice Rink