There’s nothing like seeing yourself in action to realize that you have TERRIBLE derby stance.
One of the refs at my *very first official bout* posted this video from his helmet cam.
I am on the black team – wearing purple tights and a purple helmet.
I’ve watched this a few times now. The one thing that gets me is how stiff-legged I am. I need more bounce in my knees.
Squats, baby squats…
And tuck jumps.
And lateral hops.
And high knees.
And… MORE CORE.
I’m aware of my weaknesses – and working on correcting them.
I’m painfully MORE aware after watching that video LOL
Over the next few weeks of practice, since I can’t do contact and the rest of the team is going to be preparing for the bout – I’m going to focus on derby stance and getting low..and then getting lower.
The VERY FIRST skill for a skater is skating posture – and I’ve let that slide.
I tend to bend at my hips and waist rather than my knees. I’m aware and focusing on bending at my knees even when not on skates – I want it to be my first go to rather than bending at the waist and putting myself off balance.