Week 3

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The 3rd week “Skating with digital support”. To really learn to skate, you just have to skate. You have to get on the ice, you have to feel it, slippery ice, rough ice, wet ice. You want to see people, skate after people, watch them do it. You have to get out, into the wind.

You can learn something from the digital world. It can clarify something, it can indicate something. In our handbook we have videos of all themes for the different target groups. If you want to give the explanation more explanation, you can watch the videos under the following buttons.

Videos for Beginner Skaters, Movies for Middle Groups, Videos for Advanced Skaters

This week the themes Balance and Steering (braking – sliding – cutting) and we start with De Bocht .

Skating is about “the game” of our body (our BodyGravity Center, LZP) on and around the skate. It's dynamic. It's how your body handles gravity. Skating is about balance. You are, as it were, on skates and then you quickly come from Balans to Sturen (from the skate). When you talk about steering you also talk about sliding – cutting – braking.

A steering skate means, among other things, sufficient pressure, a knocking posture and hanging at an angle before/during the push-off. This applies to both the straight and the bend.

To deliver power against the ice you need to be able to shift your weight horizontally with pressure against the ice. For this you must be able to slide on a bent leg (knees/hip) after which you move your body horizontally by stretching those legs and keep your body at the same height.

For novice skaters, the emphasis is on sliding a little longer, being able to stand on one leg for a little longer. Keep your body weight on your skate for a little longer. This means that you will be able to sell better later, make better use of that sales and have the time to do “leg over”.

With Middle Groupers, the emphasis is on being able to stand on one for longer and longer. That way you can steer the skate with your weight and push off better and better. You also have more and more time to make an effective transition (in the bend).

For advanced skaters, the emphasis is on an increasingly effective stroke. The exercises give you more time to really get rid of your power (offset), with the result that you get more speed more easily.

Principle 5

More weight/pressure/force against the ice returns more power from the ice. This applies to both the straight and the bend.

Before you deliver (explosive) power, it is important to get the direction of your weight/force right. For that it is good to start skating again without explosive stretches but to feel that you are applying pressure against the ice and being propelled by the ice. For this, you have to lean a bit before your take-off and in the bend you have to hang constantly.


Principle 6:

More speed requires more bounce of the skate to give enough time/space for force against the ice.

If your skate bounces back less, you'll be past your skate sooner at high speeds and you won't be able to push off.

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