7 Tips That Will Make You a Better Freestyle Ice Skater

7 Tips That Will Make You a Better Freestyle Ice Skater


Hey guys, this is a special video, not really
a tutorial, but I’m going to present you 7 completely different ways to get better
in freestyle ice skating. Let’s jump right into it! (starting off the list)
Practice the basics in both directions. There are only a few ways your skates can
contact the ice: You’re either going forwards/backwards or you’re using the inside/outside edge of
your feet when traveling. Everything else is just the combination of
these. If you practice at least the basic movements
in both directions, you’ll get insane stability on the ice, basically you’ll be prepared for
every situation. Do you turn and spin only to the left? A simple 180 is enough to change the situation. Being confident on all edges come in handy
when you save tricks or yourself from falling. In this example it was pretty good that I
had experience with moves to the right, right? Roller Skating. This is… completely another world, it’s
like driving another type of car. A few things are easier, like eagle, backwards
crossover, some others are impossible like a simple high speed drifting stop. Little bumps and obstacles can improve your
balance and gingerly prepare you to handle unexpected situations. You can find bumps on frozen lakes too, and
the quality of the ice can just drop to zero in a matter of meters..
(evil laughter) Muscle memory. This actually means a lot. But the one that is important now is a cheat
that speeds up the learning process of the robotic movements. A robotic task in freestyle can be a complex
trick for example where you do different things with your legs and arms simultaneously and
is generally taking a long time to learn. The concrete tip here: When you are tired,
don’t practice difficult, energy demanding tricks. Why? Because your procedural memory will store
the wrong, tired version of that trick and you’ll learn to execute it badly. The power of muscle memory is HUGE. These are 3 different 540s on ground. Have you seen the difference? No? The only difference is that guy in the background. This is how important the muscle memory is. Learn to fall. The ice is a very hard material, but it’s
slippery which can be an advantage for us. Your traveling speed just barely matters at
all when falling. Your only task is to use your arms to balance
the fall and protect your head. When falling on your back: try to support
yourself, keep your head as high as possible. Falling forward: mostly happens when going
backwards, hitting your chin is the risk here. You just slightly hit your chin and the trip
is earned to the hospital immediately. Same goes here, keep your head up at any cost,
you can rotate away on the slippery ice this way transforming the momentum to another direction. Plus if you’re practicing an advanced trick
I found there is only a few frequent ways to fall so you can get familiar with them
quickly and it will be less scary over time. Just analyze what’s wrong and work on it
more. Oh by the way, analysis:
Record yourself and compare. The perfect way would be to compare 2 videos
frame by frame (with a video editing software). OK, I know that not everyone has access or
the knowledge to do that, so… to spot the differences between your tries and a nicely
executed trick you can still do the cheap version: Compare slow motion videos by eye
to find small details. Compare the positions of your arms, the foot
placements, angles, stop the video if needed. Youtube also has slow motion feature. BUT! Don’t get lost in the small details! The tempo of a trick is equally important
(if not more important) and you can only see that in normal speed. You need to memorize visually how much time
you have for a specific movement. So keep watching the tricks in normal speed
until you can recall the full movement from your memory in that speed. Stretching (is at number 6). And warming up of course, because you don’t
want to pull a muscle in beginning of your session, or it will to be crap for the whole
day. Stretching can improve your posture and mechanics. Sometimes it’s just style, but that’s
a help too. It’s important if you train for some muscles,
stretch them after the session because they will contract. That leads to decreased your movement efficiency
or cause other problems. Few typical stretches that is helpful for
an ice skater: Stretching your legs for a few minutes. Hip flexors, adductors, hamstrings. Most of these I do regularly. Always be sharp. Sooner or later, depending on the ice quality,
your skates will get blunt. Especially when you’re learning something
you need to know whether you fall because of a bad technique or because the skates are
blunt. Why would you want to get frustrated by slipping
all the time? So sharpen regularly. Good news that we are developing a mobile
sharpener for different kinds of blades. I hope can post updates on this later. +1, before you go! I have one last advice, to really believe
in yourself. Because NOTHING is a legendary achievement. Everything can be built up from zero, safely. Believe me, I have dream tricks too and difficulties
with the trainings all the time. Whatever you’re struggling with, I’m sure
there is always a next step. I learned everything alone in the sports I
do and I’ll make a tutorial later on how to learn anything that you want by just watching
videos. Tip number 5 in this video is something you
can apply until that. Thanks guys for watching, I’ll be back with
a remastered eagle tutorial shortly and some other stuff. Have a nice icy day!

75 thoughts on “7 Tips That Will Make You a Better Freestyle Ice Skater

  1. man like really OMG !! how beautiful and smooth you can explain things … so in love with video ..if i only could find a video like this when started freestyle or tricking .. unfortunately i learned everything in the hard painful way. ;( ..
    krasses Video auf jeden Fall <3

  2. Mennyi idonkent szoktal eleztetni? En ha mondjuk egy heten haromszor korizok ami negy oras nagyabol akkor mondjuk hat alaklom utan. Ez szerinted nen sok? En tompanak szoktam erzeni de az elezosnaztmondja hogy meg eles..igaz hogy o a hokihoz méri

  3. Uri I gotta say your videos are by far the best & most detailed & well-described out there! I'm always waiting for your next tutorial & I've learned so much from you, so please keep posting coz I'm on a progressive learning curve & you're helping me (& I'm sure many others) become an amazing freestyler!! 👍

  4. very nice Video you are explaining very good and it's nice that you show Videos like this because some of us learned the Tricks on the hard way and you explain how it's also possible on the easy way ..you are the best Teacher for me thats no question … seee you at Budapest Meeting ! 💗💪

  5. Thank you so much for your advice!!!! I hadnt thought about most of them. And my fave was the Last one!!!! Will Be looking forward to more!!

  6. YO! This was awesome. I live in Florida and so I can't naturally get to ice without some travel, but I do a lot of aggressive rollerblading at the skatepark and there's a lot of…shall we say, crossover with this (see what I did there?). I also love freestyle ice skating when I can get the chance. Thank you so much for the tips.

  7. Thank you for the video! Could you please tell me about the sharpener mentioned in the video? How and where can I buy it if i live in Russia?

  8. Thank you so much!! I am a chinese guy and I live in Budapest. Just started learning ice skating last winter, and I got addicted to it. Found this channel and it really help me with significant progression in skating. Again, I am very thankful for your quality content and enjoy the life!!

  9. Új videó ééééljeeen!!!! És mekkora jóság!!! Gyönyörű szép ….. (Nagy koris vagyok de idejövök lesni néha ….csak őszintén nyomom hogy legyen spiritusz a többire mert kva jók vagytok!)

  10. Some pritty good moves on ice to watch. But sorry guys, at least it's figure-skating what you are doing there. Just a bit more rock instead classic. So at the end, when you want to learn "freestyle" just take some lessons on figure-skating courses coach by an ice-princess. And for beginners … just use protectors for elbows, HANDS AND KNEES!!!! It doest look cool walking handicaped by broken joints.

  11. Re: Falling
    Wrong!!!

    You should resist the natural human urge to stick out your arms and hands when falling. Similar to skiing, you should always try to tuck in and use your big body parts to cushion a fall. Hips, thighs, shoulders. These parts may still hurt in a simple fall but it's way better then ending up with broken wrists.

    The wrist and hands stand no chance against a 175lbs body falling at speed.

  12. I have a question to you:

    Why don't use recommend us to use pads and protection and most importantly: HELMET ??? If you value your head so much, the least thing you could do is to use a helmet!

    And also you said that most of the time, we land on the wrist, I think you should use also wrist pad (roller skates wrist pads for example).

    I just broke my wrist recently because I was ice skating without wrist pad. Most of the time , I used pads for knee but I just realized that you 90 % of the time are rather falling on your wrist rather than you knee with the first contact with ice – when falling.

    So a wrist and elbow pad is recommended.

    And also don't forget to use hockey helmet with metal cage: Why?

    2 reasons:

    Firstly, it protects your face (ofc) and 2nd:ly, it protects your chin and your teeth. Falling on your chin or teeth can be very costly business.

    A hocket helmet with cage will solve all of these problems.

    And using pads will also encourage you more to try to the limit since you will remove your fear of falling since you will know that even if you fall, you will not end up in the hospital.

    Of course, over-wearing of pads can also remove your mobility but at least, focus on the vital and crucial pads which will protect your life and your wallet and health from visiting hospital.

    I was away from work for like 1.5 months due to the wrist injury….

  13. Great tips and explanation. Muscle memory is great. If you get stuck on something – take up it's sister sport (e.g. skiing, ballet, breakdancing, etc.) and then come back to it. Muscle memory is a transitional skill that you can apply to any sport. Keep up the good work and videos!

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