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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 (starting position) – figure skater’s posture (legs are slightly narrower than shoulder width, knees are slightly bent, hands to the sides at shoulder level, look straight), we pick up a small move in steps (penguins), stand on two legs (knees bent) and set the straight right leg back, turning it slightly to the right, touch the ice with a tooth of the ridge to a stop. 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 pass to more complex, but also more effective and effective stopping options.

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. Stop by a plow is carried out with two legs, and by a floor by a plow – one.

IP is the skater’s pose, we gather a small move 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). Then we increase the pressure with our feet in the toes and spread the blades to the sides, scraping the ice with the inner edges of the skates (as was done on the spot). We do the exercise until it stops.

We do the floor brake with a plow according to the same principle, with only one foot. At the end of the stop, body weight is transferred to the braking foot to increase the speed of the brake.

IMPORTANT! We press and brake smoothly, slightly cutting off the top layer of ice, otherwise the skate can stand across the movement and the fall will be irreversible. When you master these stopping options, you can increase the acceleration speed and reduce the brake time.
Hockey. If you have ever seen a hockey game, you must have noticed how quickly and sharply the players slow down, fighting for the puck.
This stop is very effective, especially if it is done at high speed.

We perform the same set of speed actions indicated above. We begin to perform the floor brake with the plow with the right foot, while simultaneously turning the left foot in the direction of rotation. Further, sharply increase the pressure on the right leg until the movement stops completely. When the exercise is performed correctly, the brake occurs sideways, with the right foot slowing down with the inner rib and the left leg with the outer one.

We perform all the same actions on the left side.

It was boring, it was abstruse, but you have to learn how to make a “brake”!

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