Training Tip of the Month

Lucille BrawlFootwork

Maybe you’ve just developed that smooth glide, a nice long stroke that makes going fast effortless. Well it’s time to forget grace and start to hop around! Jump up, jump up and get down. These choppy steps will make you unpredictable and unblockable to your opponents. Of course you don’t need to clomp around like a horse – float like a butterfly so they can’t hear you coming.

When you’re practicing your footwork – you might feel like you look stupid – well you should! You should be throwing yourself off-balance and flailing around like a cat on a hot tin roof. The easiest way to work on footwork is to set up cones to jump, weave and slalom around them. Don’t let yourself fall into the habit of just gliding though, pick up your feet as much as possible. Think about where your shoulders are facing and try to face them the opposite way. Think about where your weight is distributed as you weave around a cone – it should be 60% on the front foot as this prepares you to step out of the weave in whichever direction you need to. If the toe of your front foot is off the ground – you don’t have enough weight in the front! You can also skate straight towards a cone faking left and right for the 10 feet before you get there and wait until the last possible moment to avoid the cone.

Drill of the Month

Gallop with one leg continuously in front for 1 minute each foot (definitely think about where your shoulders are facing when you do this, and imagine you are galloping past someone on the inside line), then run on your skates with nice high knees for 1 minute. Next look for cracks if you’re outside or get on the track line and step over it with crossovers and double-steps. Keep increasing your speed and do this for 2 minutes.

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  • March 15th, 2010
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