Building a Butterfly – Part 2 (Robert Tebby)

World and Olympic coach Robert Tebby continues his presentation on how he teaches a butterfly flying spin entrance. In Part 1, Robert shared a detailed, step-by-step process to learn the butterfly. Here in Part 2, Robert addresses two of the most common issues skaters face when learning a butterfly, namely the challenge of creating enough upper body movement and the difficulty in scissoring the legs.

To address the lack of upper body movement, Robert wants the skaters to “brush the ice” with their finger tips. This ensures that the body comes down properly and transfers the weight. And to help skaters develop a stronger scissoring motion of the legs, Robert has them do an exercise at the wall. The timing of this exercise is critical for it to be helpful.

To end the video, Robert offers insights and advice to individual skaters in the class. This gives you an idea about common issues and how to fix them. As he explains to the class, learning a butterfly entrance is worth the effort, because it counts as a difficult fly entrance and once you’ve mastered it, it’s easy and does not require much energy or precision.


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