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Old October 5th, 2008, 12:57 PM   #1
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So i'm sat on my butt in a car park after falling over for the Nth time and I have this revelation:

Perhaps i'm going too far too fast? Running before I can walk?

I get home and dial up the ever faithful Munobal vids and go through trying to find something similar to what i'm trying to do but just not quite as hard. This gets me thinking, perhaps there's a good general order in which to learn tricks and that one naturally leads to another, more complicated move.

So, good people of SkateLog, i'm calling upon you for your advice/wisdom/knowledge/experience/whatever to help me compile a rough guide to a general order for tricks for beginners to veterans!

(Or you could just say it's a terrible idea and leave it at that...)

Cross Shift
Back Snake
Back Cross Shift
Back Cross
Eagle Snake
Eagle Shift
Eagle Cross
Back Nelson
Crab Cross
Chap Chap
Double Crazy
Back Double Crazy
Back Double Crazy
Back Stroll
One Foot
Back Eight
Reverse Nelson
Crazy Sun
Back One Foot
Back Rocket
One Cone

P.S. If anyone is clever enough to be able to post links to go with the tricks that'd be sweet! I have enough trouble with wheeled shoes without learning computers too!
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Old October 7th, 2008, 05:09 AM   #2
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Here is a path based on how I learned to slalom, and how I teach people to slalom.

*Disclaimer* This is freestyle, there are no rules, you can learn tricks in whatever order you like, blah blah blah.

1. Fish -- this is pretty much just an intro move to get used to the idea of moving around those little things on the ground.

2. Front cross
Back cross
Back snake
Do all of these on both sides, i.e., with right foot leading, and then with the left foot leading. These are important foundation moves, and being comfortable with them will make learning more advanced things easier.

3. Crazy -- This is where the rubber meets the road. The weight shifts and foot positions can be very challenging.

4. Stroll (often called Double Crazy in the vids. Ignore the move called "Stroll" in the vids)
Back stroll

Note: the "eagle" moves and "shift" moves are a bit tangential. You are welcome to work on them, but I think a lot of skaters never do them.

5. Mabrouk
Crazy Sun
Sun (Naomi style)
These are the first combo moves, mixing pieces of the moves done earlier on the list. This is also a good time to start working on combining moves on your own, switching from one move to another.

6. One foot
Back one foot
If you haven't already been working on this, this is a good place to start.

The further you go, the more your options for progression start to branch instead of being a linear path. From this point I would work on:

Back Nelson

At some point you might want to work on the following moves, but more as skill building drills, than necessarily things to include in a freestyle run:
Chap Chap
Back Eight

And from here you can start to go anywhere-- Jumping moves like jumping X and wiper, sitting moves like rocket (or footgun or cafetiere or whatever it gets called), 3-turn moves, the Ride, toe wheeling and heel wheeling, compass moves like great volte, spins like the J-turn.... and on, and on. I'm sure I've forgotten a lot of stuff, but that is something to get you started.

I'd also recommend finding someone to help you-- other skaters in your area, or keep an eye out if Naomi Grigg will be teaching near you. Also, the forum at www.freestyleskaters.org is a good resource, it's a bit more active for slalom stuff.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 02:57 AM   #3
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I basically follow Stacy's progression too. You can easily spend a month perfecting Crazy once you get there.

I would also suggest practicing the alternate cross for starters (switching leading foot while on the cones). And pay attention to how your arms are swinging, if they are not, at least spread them out rather than tucking them awkwardly around your sides.

Nelson/back nelson/reverse nelson I had difficulty perfecting for the longest time because they all require good edging techniques on your one supporting foot.
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Old October 17th, 2008, 11:39 PM   #4
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My only problem with alternate cross (also sometimes called basketweave) is that it can hide problems on your bad side. I've seen people who can do cross well on one side, and can do a good basketweave, but can't really do cross on their bad side (usually, but not always, with left foot leading.) I was really kind of anti-basketweave for a while, but then I learned this cool "swinging basketweave" move, so I've had to moderate my stance.

And yes, nelson/back nelson are hard to learn. I think those and crazy are some of the harder moves to try and teach yourself.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 08:38 AM   #5
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There are trick videos here:


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