Saturday, April 14, 2018

When Group Coaches Try to Fix Me

You know, I've spent a long time getting over  a technique, or learning some skill, then a group coach will come along and.....thinks....

One coach tried to get me to do an outside mohawk--at speed--into a back cross with a twizzle to a forward cross into an outside mowhawk--wash, spin, repeat.

Outside Mohawk 
Now, I used to do outside mohawks when I first started skating. But more than one coach told me "Oh, don't do those, those are dangerous. You may step on the tail of your blade." So I switched FOR YEARS to inside mohawks.  Now, this new coach says, "Oh, do this exercise with an outside mohawk."

I spent years not doing outside mohawks, so now, out of nowhere, they pop up again?

Oh, yeah. And at the same time, I'm also supposed to hold my arms still--no flag waving arm for me!

Don't get me started about the group coach who wanted me changing my free leg position in my one foot spin: knee bent, pointed outward, with the foot crossing the leg. That's THREE THINGS!!


  1. Those outside mohawks are on the Silver MIF. As for the footwork you mentioned... my head is spinning. I'll have to come back later.

  2. I could do them as closed mohawks, with two foot twizzles. I'm proud I could do that!

  3. I can neither jump nor spin, but by heck, I can out-closed-Mohawk my coach! (Intl competitor.) Dometimes I suggest we work on them just for the smug moment...