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Greensboro Eddy Matzger Roadshow Workshop 2007 - drills

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What a tough bunch of diehard skaters that showed up for the Eddy Matzger Roadshow Greensboro 2007! Our Friday night social skate at Bur-Mil park had skateworthy temperatures. However, a pretty much country-wide Arctic blast brought the 8 o'clock hour on Saturday morning to about freezing point. Eddy jumped straight in to some light jogging and side-stepping around the parking lot to warm us all up for the yoga-stretches.



When I heard ice chunks falling after the Friday night social skate and chalk talk, I was dejected by thoughts of freezing the next day at the roadshow. These thoughts were unfounded, because I was so enthralled by Eddy's teaching, other participants' enthusiasm, and my own concentration at trying to get my legs to bend in ways they probably never will, that I didn't feel the cold at all. Besides, each time I found myself wanting to wimp out due to the cold, I kept thinking about you folk up in Michigan and how much worse it is for you.



Talk about getting stoked up with motivation for another year! Every time I take part in an Eddy Matzger workshop I conclude that it's my fate to quit my day job, become a skatebum and live off skateylove alone. Ok so moving on...I do at least want to capture the drills here whilst they're still fresh in my mind. I'm going to need a lot of help with these! Which by the way reminds me: how difficult it is to stick to my annual Eddy Workshop/Roadshow resolution to practice drills each week! I remember back when I first learned how to skate (as a 30-something adult) that all I had were drills. I hadn't yet experienced the cocky euphoria of speed, and the wind blowing through my helmet, so endless swizzles were order of the day. These days I tend to focus on distance, speed and heart-rate, dragging my bad skating habits with me in the name of 10+ miles, whereas I could get just as good an aerobic and strength-training workout if I knuckled down and did drills for a whole hour once or twice a week. I have notice my skating improves tenfold if I take the time to slow down and do conscious skate-drills, instead of simply throwing on my skates and going for a mindless spin.

I will post drills here separately, as and when I remember them or have time. Please post also if you can - my attention span is spotty at best, so I may not have absorbed all factors of each drill. These written drill instructions in no way substitute the jaw-dropping and massively inspirational visual images of Eddy himself, imitating a gyroscope on skates. They hope to serve as a memory-jog for those who have taken one of his workshops. And if you haven't, you simply must!

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Dryland exercise

Find a long line, stand with both of your feet on or next to the line. You then lean to one side, while a partner stands on your other side, and holds your arm to keep you from falling.

Then you proceed to do "crossovers" along the line (you should be leaning far to the left/right-whichever direction you are going), pushing with your heels and dragging your partner with you. They should be trying their hardest to pull you back (well, maybe not their "hardest, but pretty hard!).

I really can't explain it very well. I think it might be infinitely easier (for all parties involved) if we could make video clips of these drills.

Just a suggestion. I would if I had a partner to help with the drill, and another to film it.

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Learning how to Balance on one Skate

This is one drill I love to shout about, because as a beginner it made all the difference in the world to me - not only to my skating safety and confidence on the road, but to my being able to attempt new skills.

 

Find a flat stretch of parking lot or trail. Set off rolling, and try to get your 'weight' (belly button, hips) out over the top of the skate you are going to be attempting to roll on, remembering to keep your weight back on your heels. If you are on your toe wheels you will probably fall. Keep your knee bent for maneuvrability and balance (everything is more manageable with a knee bend!). It may feel at times like you are going to topple over too far to the side you're rolling on. If so, this is the perfect opportunity to learn how to make slight corrections with a little foot-pivot, or by adjusting your hips. At the roadshow, Eddy demonstrated how to keep on one skate purely by adjusting his hip position, i.e. either further out over the rolling leg, or slightly inwards. An amazing sight to see so sign up for a roadshow/workshop to see this and more for yourself. Easy to watch him do it...not so easy to do it myself!

At my first ever Eddy Workshop, many years ago, I wanted desperately to be able to do the "Air D's", that everybody else at the workshop could do: gliding on one leg whilst tracing the D shaped recovery in the air with the other leg. I went away and for 6 obsessive months practiced this move ad nauseum, bound and determined to show up next year at the workshop and win the prize for the most number of Air D's on one leg. Well Air D's were out of vogue at the next workshop but boy did I learn in between times how to stay on my feet and not wipe out on any sticks, rocks or holes in the ground. I had learned to be able to glide for as long as I needed to on one leg whilst the other leg pulled itself together after perhaps having hit something or locking with someone else's frame! 

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Dryland Double-Push Exercise

I'm hoping Blake can help order these drill postings, because I'm not linear here and my memory is shot. I'm jumping straight in on a double-push dryland drill.

 

This dryland exercise stuck out in my mind, mainly because it gave me one heck of a quad burn, which is bound to translate into explosive power on skates, right? It's the one where you bob up and down like a jack-in-the-box between two people, who are helping you not to fall over.

 

You are compressing and extending your legs to a cound of 4, each side (or leg), to simulate the knee-bend and flex during the double push. Stand on your right leg between two people situated on either side of you, to 'catch' you. Bend your right knee ('one'), and upon straightening it again ('two'), lean into the person on your right. The person on your right helps shove you back towards the left side as you bend your knee again ('three'), and straighten your knee again ('four') still heading towards the left so you can jump onto your left leg and repeat the process on your left side. When you jump onto your left leg, be sure to go straight into the first knee bend (for a count of 'one').

Phew! Clear as mud?! If anyone can explain this better who's not Eddy himself, have at it!!

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