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How to teach your child to skate?

We are ready to go on the ice. Before taking the child to the ice, ride a little yourself, feel confident on the ice. What exercises can I use here? The simplest: a march in place and in motion, a Christmas tree, lanterns, snakes. It takes about a minute, but it is important for you and for the child, who is waiting for him to be approached and finally taken to the ice.
And now, the adult felt the balance, which is so necessary when riding and … drives up to the gate.
Please do not rush, do not drag by the arms, much less by the collar of a child on the ice. Take his hand and, encouraging, let him take the first step. Next, release the child’s hand and, having moved a little to the middle of the platform, call the baby to you. Perhaps he will immediately fall on the ice. Cheer him up. Ask the child to crawl to you, you can even demonstrate it yourself by crouching on the ice and starting to crawl to it. If the baby heroically reached you, do not skimp on the praise.

I congratulate you, you and your child are already standing on the ice. But what is the right way to stand on the ice: with your arms and head down, legs wide apart? In figure skating, there is the concept of the main position: the legs are slightly narrower than the width of the shoulders and slightly bent at the knees, the toes are apart, the shoulders above the hips so that the center of gravity is not moved forward or backward, and the arms are extended to the sides at about shoulder level.

A fall.
You know that the worst fear of a beginner skater is FALL !!! So that this ceases to be a problem, we “eat” it in the first place. So, we repeat the same action that we performed on the floor …

I want to remind you: if you feel a loss of balance, do not resist this, at least at first. Try to put your hands forward as fast as possible and bend your knees, leaning on your side. Falling forward or backward is very dangerous. Usually, they are the most unpredictable and painful. When falling forward, we put our hands out, while falling back, we try to group ourselves by pressing our arms and legs to ourselves. Never lean your head back.

We study the so-called correct fall and rise after it. Let’s start from the place. Starting position (PI) is the skater’s pose. We stretch our hands to the ice to the right, bend our knees, fall on our right side. Next, we roll onto our knees, rest with both hands on the ice in front of us, put our right foot on the ice on the entire blade, then rest our hands on the right knee and push our body up. In the end, we take the pose of the skater. Repeat the exercise on the left side.

What a skater does not like fast skating. Imagine, we are flying, accelerating and rejoicing in speed, as a tall and not soft side grows in front of us. At best, you get off with a slight bruise.

For beginner skaters, who recently went on the ice, there are several simple types of stops. Let’s agree to make elements at low speed. So,

With a prong. IP is the figure skater’s pose, we gather a small move in steps (penguins). We stand on two legs (knees bent) and set the straight right leg back, turning it slightly to the right, touching the ice with the tooth of the ridge until it stops. We accept SP. It is important that the shoulders look straight ahead without turning to the side. Repeat the exercise with the left foot.
The heel. We perform the same steps to speed up, also stand on two legs and put the straight right leg in front of us with a prong up, touch the heel of ice. It is important to do the exercise to a complete stop, because our task is not just to slow down, but to stop. It is important to keep the knee of the supporting leg bent. Also do a repeat from the left foot.
T-stop. This variation of braking by a tooth, only the rotated free leg touches the ice with the inner edge of the ridge, producing a scaling. After such a stop, you may notice a small hill of snow collected by you during braking.
We turn to more complex, but also more effective stopping options.
1. Plow (Semi-Plow). Before practicing a stop in movement, we will do preparatory exercises in place:

– IP – the skater’s pose, bend the knees, use the right foot to increase pressure in the ice and move it to the side. In this case, the effect of scraping occurs, because the inner edge of the right ridge cuts off the top layer of ice. We return the leg to the IP. Thus, after 10-15 movements, a small pile of snow and ice should form on your right.

– Repeat the exercise from the left leg 10-15 times.

– We do the same exercise, only with two legs. Bending the knees, we crush the legs in the toes, at the same time, we push the blades apart, scraping the ice with the inner edges of the skates 10-15 times.

This type of stop is technically similar to a ski stop. The plow stops with two legs, and the half-plow with one leg.

– SP is the skater’s pose, we take a small step in steps (penguins), stand on two legs (approximately shoulder width apart), bend the knees. At the same time, slightly rotate the socks of the boots towards each other (clubfoot).

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