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This inline skate course is taught through video tutorials with accompanying training notes. Nearly two 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.
Learn how to use the heel brake effectively, how to skate slowly for stability and then faster for fitness. Learn two different turning methods, beginner and advanced beginner options. Feel safe and secure at increasing speeds.
The course will take several months to complete depending on the amount and frequency of practice time available to the student, but it’s far more efficient than learning by trial and error. Starting with the basics the benefits of learning with this course include knowing how a skill should look and feel, understanding the mechanics of what's going on and creating informed practice time to consolidate the theory that is learned in the videos.
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|Section 1: Before you roll|
|A personal introduction from Asha Kirkby.|
|Skatefresh Udemy course outline. Tips on how to use this course for maximum benefit.|
Useful information on buying the right kind of inline skates appropriate for the Beginner and Improver level skater. This lecture will help you avoid buying skates which will not suit your purpose.
Did you know that 95% of all skaters do not do up their skates correctly and this causes instability? Start here learning how to correctly put on your protective gear and skates.
|Choosing your skating area is important so this lecture gives you essential information in how to do this safely. The lecture goes on to teach all the positions you need to know statically and gives important stance and weight information.|
|Section 2: Beginner Skills|
Now it's time to get rolling. This lesson will take you from the grass onto the skating surface and safely into your first skating steps. Make sure there are no slopes around as you need to focus on just learning to skate and roll in Ready position without having to stop, that's coming next.
This is probably the most important lesson you will ever learn as the Heel Brake Stop is the most effective stopping method available for inline skaters (of any level) and is what keeps you safe on your wheels and in control at all times. When you master the heel brake stop you will then feel increasingly comfortable and secure on your skates.
The first and easiest turn for Beginner skaters, reminiscent of the skiing 'snow plough turn'. It is very stable for beginners who still don't have a perfect Scissor position in both directions (which you will need for the Parallel Turn in Advanced Beginners).
|Section 3: Advanced Beginner Skills|
This lesson will make you look like a proper skater. This is where you learn how to gain fitness and efficiency from your skating and you will feel your lower body and core 'skating muscles' starting to get worked. The more you do the exercises in this lesson the faster your skating will become and the more proficient you will look.
This lesson may look very simplistic but mastering the Scissor position is essential for your safety on skates. Without a good comfortable Scissor position (at any speed you can skate at) you will not be able to stop or control your speed. This also forms the basis of the next lesson, the Parallel Turn.
The Parallel Turn really sets you up for leaving the world of Beginner skating and makes you look confident and proficient. You will use this turn for the rest of your skating life and it is incredibly versatile allowing for large and small turns, but it all relies on the 'fluency' of your Scissors.
|Section 4: Intermediate Skills Taster|
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. However, this may be too advanced for you immediately after the Beginner's syllabus, so see if you need to consolidate your Beginner skills first.
This lesson on forwards crossovers will push you into 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. You will be discovering outside edges for the first time!
|Some final tips on how to practice and use the course material.|
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.