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Training Your Skate Edges

Training Your Skate Edges

What’s up Skate Fam?! David Lawliet from Double D Skate here to
bring you another lesson on the edges and why edges are so important to skating. You may have seen my most recent video in
which I break down the skate edges’ functionality in six parts. If not, I left a link for you in the description
below. Understanding how your edges work is probably
the most important part of learning to skate, which is why my personal skating habits involve
a lot of time training them and learning to be better in tune with how they work in each
skate I use. There are a million different moves you can
learn to do in skates, but how can someone possibly learn to do the more advanced ones
if they don’t have control of the skate’s simpler functions. I love to toy around and do whatever feels
good as much as the next guy, but what if I told you doing that will feel even better
if you have a greater foundational understanding of the mechanics involved in basic skating? Essentially, you only really begin to manipulate
and break the rules once you have a solid understanding of what they are and how they
work. As I’ve said before, slow and controlled motions
pave the way for smooth, quick, and powerful motions. Manipulating your edges has a lot to do with
how skilled you are at shifting between points of balance in your feet. The smoother you can roll your balance back
and forth between your heels and toes, the better your forward and backward transitions
will be. Turning also relies on weight shifting, as
you are pressing in your skates on the inside or outside edges when turning. Now to the learning process: I once read a
book called “Power Skating,” by figure skater/hockey coach Laura Stamm where Stamm discussed the
importance of being familiar with the learning process. In this section she says something to the
effect of “Practice does not make perfect. PERFECT practice makes perfect,” emphasizing
the importance of doing things the right way and utilizing the full range of motion in
every exercise you do. Like Miss Stamm, I believe that learning things
in the most effective way possible, and then doing them over and over again is what makes
the difference between a skater who just survives and a skater who thrives. Being smooth and in control of every element
in motion depends on this basic habit of drill repitition after spending much time slowly
perfecting how each drill works. Learning things in the proper order: A mistake
many new skaters make is trying to learn how to skate as fast as possible right out of
the gate. Everyone wants to get rolling and go as fast
as they can, and why wouldn’t you?! It’s fun ti go fast. The problem is that learning how to stop is
more important as a beginning skill than learning how to go fast. You wouldn’t get in a car what had a hidden
brake, drive full speed down the interstate and hope you can search around and find the
brake before you need to stop… would you? That’s exactly what you’re doing if you skate
fast without a solid method of stopping just as fast. Before you go fast, learn an effective stopping
method, then practice the motions slowly over and over taking time to feel your edges and
familiarize yourself with the trick, then add some conviction to your movements. Once you have the ability to execute your
stop quickly and effectively, do it over and over in different situations at different
speeds. This is how you make a stop second nature. Only then will your stops truly be smooth,
quick, and powerful. Stopping is just one example of how to apply
this philosophy when training the edges though. Any move you want to master can be yours with
this simple formula. Just make sure to take your time. Don’t expect to have anything mastered on
day one. Learn to enjoy the process of being on your
skates and trying new things. As the old saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built
in a day.” So strap your skates on and build your own
foundation in them, one step at a time. Train your edges and try to be patient with
yourself. And as a Last note, I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from Bruce Lee! Thanks for skating with me today, and I’ll see you the next time I lace up!

15 thoughts on “Training Your Skate Edges”

  1. I've been wanting to learn crazy legs…I'm a good skater, but I feel like I don't have the rhythm or something for crazy legs. Idk, I keep trying but it makes me feel so dumb. I'm still learning other things, and getting better…but I just have never gotten good at dancing in one place.

  2. Another great video D! I'd like to see a video on your favorite stopping techniques sometime but everything you post is great and super helpful. Your work is appreciated!!

  3. Too cool these various models of skates and their tips. This is my latest skateboarding video:

  4. Dude, best skating video so far. Learned the most and got excited. No one has ever before explained it like this. Clean, on point and very useful. Most miss the idea of basics. Every word hit true for me. Like!

  5. Yo dude, I know you have a ton of vids already lined up, but could you add a complete beginner one to that list. I know it's been done to death, but I'd love to see your detailed approach to edges and balance applied to someone who can only just stand up… like me! Haha

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