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Learn your first tricks on line : Footgun / Wheeling / CrazyLegs

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FOOTGUN

Let’s go ahead with learning FOOTGUN. It’s my favourite trick. It has different name around the world : cafetiere, footgun, coffee machine, shoot-the-duck… Each person will have personal facilities or difficulties about performing this trick, but this general method will help. Just spend the time you personally need for each step.

Requisite :

Slaloming one foot forward. If not, learn this trick first, starting from the foot gun would not be efficient.*

Step 1 : Sitting

First step is about entering the sitting tricks family. Set your 2 feet parallel, Keep your 2 feet on the floor, Flex your leg, Bend your arms forward horizontal, and let your hips go below the level of your knee. Your legs should not wave inside or outside, they should just remain parallel without touching one another.

First time you might fall backward. If you do so, balance your arm far ahead, balance your shoulders ahead – they should actually be over your knees, your head should be forward compared to your feet level. If this is still too difficult, hang something heavy while doing this. If this exercise is too easy, let your hips go down until your leg is totally flexed, you can also wear a backpack and try again, or just go ahead next step. This exercise will develop your ankle flexibility.

Step 2 : Skating

Since your able to do it on shoes, put your skates on. Start with an average speed, drive straight ahead, and repeat this exercise while skating. Remember to wear your wrist guards at first. If you are not comfortable, remember to put your chest on your knee, and balance your weight forward. Some skaters also raise their heel by adding some centimetres in between the frame and the heel of the skate shell.

If you feel comfortable, you might be able to skate ahead some 20 meters. Let’s go ahead then.

Step 3 : Footgun position

Start with an average speed, drive straight ahead, keep balance forward, bend one leg straight ahead (no flex), this leg should be ahead, not on the side. Take the toe of your shell with your hand (right foot right hand or left foot left hand), it helps. Your skate should be vertical : the toe up, heel down. Keep this position driving straight for 10 meters, than 20 meters…

At first, the top body is balanced forward, when you feel safe from falling backward, raise it up, remember to bend your leg.. When you feel more comfortable with your balance, start with an average speed, drive straight ahead until your speed is very low : this will help to have the right position.

Step 4 : Slaloming

Start with an average speed, set average speed and balance your weight right and left. The skate you hold in your hand will help. Set it right to turn right – left to turn left. This exercise will help to drive your trick the direction you want. Since you can wave, give a try average speed on the 120cm slalom.

When you feel comfortable with driving right-left, you feel your “skating” foot (the foot which is currently skating) moving right or left. In this second exercise, the skating foot is turning right – left without balancing aside. The top body remains up and the skating foot is driving the slalom.

Step 5 : Perform Footgun

Put your shoes on. Stand up, bend one leg forward horizontal, hold it with your hand (right foot right hand or left foot left hand). Now flex the other leg until the lowest point, while keeping the first leg horizontal. You need to control your body going down, in order to avoid the fall. When you down, stand up with one leg, while keeping the first leg horizontal. Repeat this exercise 3 times.

Put your skates on, and do the same exercise. Drive average speed, bend one leg forward horizontal, hold your skate, and flex your other leg, until you have the footgun position. Stand up again & repeat this exercise 3 times.

-> Now you can launch the trick & perform it on the cones.

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HEEL WHEELING

Requisite : drive 1 foot forward on the cones. Drive 1 foot forward 20 meters long. Body up, straight back, arms opened right & left to face any unbalances.

Stretching & check :

Close carefully your skate, for a good transfer of energy, but also enough flexibility to flex forward. Find a small step, put your foot on, so the corner of the step got in between the 1st wheel & the 2nd wheel. Try to put the 4th wheel on the floor. Bend your leg. Pull your hips forward, this should stretch your leg. The angle of your ankle should be smaller than 90°.


Exercise 1 :

With 2 cones, make a “door”. You start skating 10 meters ahead. 5 meters ahead you fix the wheeling position. Here it is :

+ Left foot on the floor 4 wheels (or right)

+ Right foot on the heel wheel. Contract the muscle which is under your knee to keep this 1st wheel up. And flex your ankle to make the angle as small as possible.

+ 2 feet at the same level (not forward or backward), the wheeling foot might be a very little ahead.

+ arms opened with the 2 hand forward at the shoulders level, separated a space of 50cm. Your arms are forward, Your foot is a little forward, this make the balance.

+ Back straight, head looking forward (not down the floor)

Then press the floor with the heel, perpendicular. Make the left skate lighter but keep it on the floor. And drive 10 meters. Repeat 10 times.


Exercise 2 :

With 2 cones, make a “door”. You start skating 10 meters ahead. 5 meters ahead you fix the wheeling position.

Then press the floor with the heel, perpendicular. Step up from left foot, perpendicular. Bend left leg and step up. Do not push forward (this is a reflex of walking, not skating). Do not try to create any acceleration, just keep the previous speed.

+ If your right foot goes all wheels on the floor, may be you do not stand straight, look forward. Maybe you pushed forward 50cm & then your wheeling fail, do not push forward, just step up.

+ If you right foot goes forward & your left foot goes to floor behind, may be you did push hard. Just repeat the wheeling position carefully and step up left foot perpendicular.

Press the floor perpendicular with the heel wheel.

Make your balance right-left with your arms and stay 10 meters.

In case your speed decrease and you still have balance, you can gain speed with moving your left leg like walking in the air. It helps to control the balance forward-backward .

Repeat 10 times. This step might be a limit for some days.


Exercise 3 :

+ Repeat Exercise 2 with only 5 meters skating before the door. Repeat 10 times.

+ Repeat the exercise with less speed, it will force you to work on your balance, to gain control. Repeat 10 times.

+ Repeat the exercise and try to remain on 1 wheel until the speed totally stop. Repeat 10 times.


Exercise 4 :

With 2 cones, make a “door”. You start skating 10 meters ahead. 5 meters ahead you fix the wheeling position. Set the wheeling position, do not push forward. Do not start with very high speed.

Rotate the wheeling foot right & left without balancing right & left. Imagine your feet is on a disc moving 45° right & left, so the position of your skate toward the floor remains the same.


-> Now you can launch the trick & perform it on the cones. Set the slalom 80cm. Slaloming bigger lines does not really help. Repeat the former exercises with all the tips about the position.

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Crazy Legs

Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, Step 4 : everything is explained directly on video - follow slowly each step & send me your comments & show me your progress. Look forward to your feedbacks.

video link = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksjGCqlfyTA