HOW TO DO THE AXEL JUMP | Coach Michelle Hong
How to Do an Axel for a Lefty
In figure skating, the axel is one of the hardest jumps to learn when you first start learning how to skate. Axels seem to be the hardest jump for most skaters to get. Once you get your Axel, doubles should become easier. Here are some steps that will help you out.
The technical definition for an axel jump is when you jump off the forward (skating forward) outside edge (so shift your skates towards your pinky toe), spin 1 1/2 times (counter-clockwise), and land on the back (skating backwards) outside edge of the right leg. Flip the whole thing the other way round for a lefty jump.
Start off by doing backwards crossovers.Make sure your arms are in place and aren't flying around.
Glide backwards onto your left foot and extend your right leg at a 45 degree angle behind you.
Bend your left knee about half of the way.
Bring in your free the leg (the right leg) and bring in your arms toward your body.
Step into your right leg and bend your right knee.
Bring your left leg behind you and pull back your arms like you're about to throw something at the same time.
Move your left leg forward in a swinging motion and at the same time, swing your arms in front and lift off the ice.
Pull in your arms while you are going up into the air and rotate 1 1/2 revolutions.
Pull arms out and land on your left leg and tilt head to the right.
Glide for 5 counts on your left leg going backwards; you should be able to do this because of the force of the jump.
- Don't worry if you can't do it the first time. For some skaters, it takes about a year to land.
- Keep your head straight in place.
- Posture is so important: leaning over or whatever redistributes your weight and you're likely to fall
- Pull out on the last 1/2 revolution
- Don't shake your arms going into the jump - get them steady.
- To watch a clockwise jump, try watching Johnny Weir and Ashley Wagner, or if you are an "Ice Princess" fan, try Gen. She is also a clockwise skater. If you really want to go back the archives, try Toller Cranston. He can launch an Axel from a spiral, which is something that not many men do in competition because this is neither a required element, nor that they'd be credited any points for doing it (old 6.0 system or the new Code of Points).
- A double axel means you spin 2 1/2 times, not 3 times because you won't be skating backwards after you land, besides, it's plain awkward and you can trip yourself if you land right on the toe pick.
- Only do this if you know how to skate.
- You have to be able to land all of your single jumps.
Video: HOW TO DO AN AXEL PART 1 | FIGURE SKATING ⛸⛸
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