Jump Patterns and Setup Tips, Part 4: Loop, Flip, Lutz (Kori Ade)

World and Olympic coach Kori Ade continues a multi-part series on jump setup patterns and jump teaching tips.  In Part 1, Kori discussed patterns and setups for the axel and in Part 2 she tackled the salchow. In Part 3 she discussed the toe loop and shared her “choctaw” concept for the toe loop take-off. The demonstrator for this series is Jordan Moeller and his jumps are definitely worth modeling. In this video, Kori discusses entries for the loop, the flip, and the lutz.

For the loop, Kori uses a very traditional pattern that is very similar to her waltz jump or axel pattern. The pattern consists of forward crossovers, an inside edge, hug the wall, forward inside mohawk, a back power three turn, then the loop. Kori likes this entrance because it “gives the skater a little bit of rhythm.” If Kori wants a skater to have a more straight line loop entry (in case they are struggling with checking and controlling the rotation), she uses an alternate loop entrance. This entrance consists of a left forward outside swing roll, change edge to left forward inside mohawk, cross feet, and jump. This entrance also provides the skater with lots of rhythm.

Kori offers a great tip in the discussion of the loop. She says, “In a loop jump I always talk about standing up before they load… It’s a load explode mechanic.” Far too many skaters enter a loop in a squatty position. Not only is it not a very attractive position, but they need to come up out of the knee anyway to prepare before loading. Why not just stand up tall until the moment of loading?

For the flip, Kori likes to use a mohawk to eliminate three turn problems which are so common at the lower skating levels. She says, “I find that a lot of skaters can control the free leg and the tap timing a little bit better from a mohawk. When I teach it for basic skills kids, it’s from a mohawk.” Kori notes that one critical aspect of the flip is “picking on the way up.”

Kori likes to use large setup patterns. She says, “The earlier you can teach skaters to fill out the ice the better.” She explains why, and she explains why patterns are so important. She says, “So understanding that a pattern is an important part of developing consistency early on, I think is a really important lesson.”

For lutz, Kori also uses a traditional pattern. It uses back crossovers around the end of the rink, then a step forward, then a right forward mohawk with a wide step to fill out the ice (get close to the side boards) and then go diagonally into the lutz corner. Notice the slight inside edge (what Nick Perna calls the “blurb”) at the end of the lutz entry before the back outside active edge. Fantastic demonstrations in this video!


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