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This inline skate course is taught through video tutorials with accompanying training notes. Nearly 2 hours of detailed video lessons are divided into a progressive course syllabus, allowing the skate student to learn at their own pace through step-by-step instructions, detailed demos and explanations. The training notes then help to structure your practice in a way that will lead to safe and continuous learning of new skills.
This course will help you learn how to skate backwards from scratch using transitions to get there and back. You will know how to stop using two non-heel braking methods (t-stop and lunge stop), and master higher speed turns with the forwards crossovers and lunge turn. We will also focus on your skating technique and learn how to skate more efficiently so that you can improve your fitness.
The course will take several months to complete depending on the amount and frequency of practice time available to the student. You may be learning the skills presented here for the first time or you have been using them for a while but know they need some tweaking.
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|Section 1: Intermediate Introduction|
|A personal introduction from Asha Kirkby.|
This lecture gives useful direction on how to use the course and what to expect. It may be wise to follow with the Outro video next, as this also gives useful information about how to practice.
As you enter the world of Intermediate level skills, you may already find yourself beginning to want to specialise in a particular area of skating. This lecture summarises the differences between the various kinds of skates available so that if you do want to upgrade your skates, you know what you are buying and why.
This essential lecture gives the foundation theories for everything coming up later on in terms of weight distribution on the skate and ideal upper body position. This is the heart of my unique views on knee bend, not to be missed!
|Section 2: Intermediate Skills|
This is your first non-heel braking stop and your gateway into the Intermediate skills. You will develop increasing ability to glide and balance on one skate and control your forces to stop.
This is where your backward skating journey begins, with 4 distinct methods of backwards propulsion, each teaching different basic skills. You will learn the Basic Backward Stride, Backward Lemons, Backward Movement (alternating Half Lemons) and the Faster Backward Stride. These form your backward essentials, developing fluency on both legs and a deep understanding of what backwards is all about. The fancy backwards stuff isn't possible unless these basics are rock solid.
This lesson on Forwards Crossovers will position you firmly in the Intermediate world and give your skating real finesse. Once mastered, you will be able to turn corners while producing efficient propulsion and look effortlessly cool while doing it.
|Section 3: Advanced intermediate Skills|
This Lunge Turn lesson brings you an alternative to the Parallel Turn, particularly useful at higher speeds to keep you stable. It is also the pre-requisite skill for the very useful Lunge Stop which is next.
This Lunge Stop lesson will equip you with a cool way of stopping that sets you apart from most skaters. Make sure your Lunge Turn is feeling comfortable before you start this lesson, as without it the Lunge Stop isn't achievable.
This lesson teaches you forwards to backwards transitions (in heel-to-heel position) and back again from backwards to forwards. You then progress on to simple sequencing of transitions to make a rolling 360 move.
|Probably the most important lesson in the intermediate syllabus, as we spend more than 90% of our time on skates just skating! Doing this lesson regularly, as you improve will bring different aspects of speed skating technique into your skating. The Stride Training Sequence I think is THE most important drill to do as often and as regularly as possible.|
|A final farewell from Asha and some last hints on how to get the most benefit from the course.|
Asha is Founder and Principle Instructor at Skatefresh Skate School in the UK and now globally online. She was an ex-figure skater and now is a full time skating instructor on inlines and quads. Asha has been an instructor trainer since 2004 and is one of the most active certifying examiners in the world (certifying hundreds of new instructors in the last 13 years).
Asha's teaching style is very clear and direct, with 'informed practice' being a goal and fail safe method of improving. She can break down any skill into its constituent parts and build it up with you achieving each phase. She coaches key principles and applies those to each move, be it speed, turns, stops, or her specialities of backwards and dance.
In 2015 Asha was 'Head of Coaching' on Disney's Teen Drama 'Soy Luna' coaching all the actors. In 2009 Asha was featured in the BBC series 'Skate Nation' as a judge and coach. She has been featured in many articles on skating including; The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, Health and Fitness, Slimmer's World, The Evening Standard.
Asha speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese and teaches in Spain and Brazil several times each year. She practices Bikram yoga and is a qualified Shiatsu therapist and she is a lover of healthy fresh food (preferably prepared in a Vitamix). She lives in Brighton and Rio de Janeiro.