Remote Off-Ice Video Jump Lesson – Part 7 (Nick Perna)

International coach and jump specialist Nick Perna walks us through a remote off-ice video jump lesson. We can’t hear what Nick is saying to his skater, but he talks over the entire lesson with detailed information about what is going on. In Part 1, Nick had the skater warming up with a jump rope. In Part 2, he did some “special” walking warm up exercises. In Part 3, he explained the sprung-floor jumping platform his skater was using and began half turns. In Part 4 he did full turns and one foot landings, and in Part 5 he focused on axis with some turning hops in d-position. In Part 6 he shared a general jump walk-through as well as air position insights.

In this video, Nick starts discussing off-ice axel take-off details. He begins with rocking into a position he calls “the warrior” which is the initial step position for waltz jump or axel. Notice how the skater remains behind the take-off foot, rather than balancing on it. This is similar to Nick’s wall kick drill on the ice. After doing this back and forth exercise a few times, Nick progresses to a waltz jump with landing (tick tock). A common error is to drop the free hip on axel take-offs, including off-ice axels. Next Nick has the skaters do a turning and skipping off-ice axel entrance he calls the “Russian run-up” and then continues with drills to get the free hip up properly.

See all videos in this series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10


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