Figure Skating Elements: Connecting moves
Connecting elements, sometimes called moves in the field, are a variety of different moves done between the main elements in a program (ie. spins, jumps, step sequences). These elements are not scored on their own. They are usually counted as transitions and marked in the “transitions” category of PCS (program component scores). Oftentimes they’re there to make the choreography of a program more interesting. This post does not cover all the possible moves (because there are a lot), just some common ones.
Hydroblade: The skater glides on a deep edge with the body in a very low position nearly parallel to the ice. There are many possible variations in position - in the gifs, Takahito Mura does a hydroblade on an inside edge with both hands on the ice, while Akiko Suzuki does a variation on an outside edge without any hand support.
Spreadeagle: The skater glides on both feet with the toes turned apart and the heels facing each other. The spreadeagle can be done on the outside or inside edge. It is commonly used as an entrance to axel jumps. Takahiko Kozuka, possessor of some of the best spreadeagles in current skating, transitions from an outside-edge spreadeagle to an inside-edge one in the gif above. And here’s Jonathan Cassar’s incredible inside-edge spreadeagle:
Lunge: The skater bends down on one knee and glides on one blade. There are many possible lunge variations such as bending backwards or a sideways lunge. The lunge is often used in the entrances to jumps.
Ina bauer: The skater’s heels face each other but the feet are not in a straight line with each other; they are offset. The leading leg is usually bent while the trailing leg is straight. The trailing leg is usually on the inside edge. The leading leg can be on the outside or inside edge. You can see a front view of the ina bauer in the gif of Nobunari Oda doing an ina bauer with the leading leg on the inside edge. A layback ina bauer is a variation where the skater arches their back while in the ina bauer position, as demonstrated in the gif by Shizuka Arakawa, who popularized the move. The ina bauer can be used in the entrance to a jump.
Besti squat: The skater squats down while their heels face each other like in a spreadeagle. The Besti squat can be done on either the outside or inside edges.
Cantilever: Like a Besti squat, but the skater bends backwards until their back is parallel to the ice while gliding on their inside edges. Hand support on the ice is optional.
Split jump: The skater jumps into the air, usually from a flip jump entrance, and does a split. Splits can be done forwards-backwards, like Mao Asada’s, or side-to-side (a Russian split), like Daisuke Takahashi’s.
little things that help ease symptoms of depression:
- turn the lights on and open a window
- eat something healthy and drink ice cold water
- find a comforting album to listen to whenever things get bad
- take a long, relaxing bath
- do yourself up in full make up and hair
- be around people, even if you don’t think it will help
- watch something funny on netflix
- wear your favorite/most comfortable outfit
- immerse yourself in a hobby like drawing
- lose yourself in a really good book or movie
This scene developed from a true story that I had related to Bryan about Bagua Master Kenny Gong walking down the street in NYC. The would be robber attempted to intimidate the Master and immediately lost his knife to the lightning quick hands of his victim. Master Gong returned the knife and asked the optimist to please try again with more focus. The puzzled man attacked this time with lethal intent but Master Gong again took away his knife and said “Your technique is very poor. I am going to keep your knife so that you do not hurt yourself.” With that said he pocketed the knife and continued on his way. True story.
no you guys dont understand RAPUNZEL IS GERMAN FOR A CERTAIN TYPE OF LETTUCE
I WOULD BE SAD IF PEOPLE DIDN’T KNOW THAT IT WAS A TYPE OF LETTUCE BECAUSE THE STORY OF RAPUNZEL SHE IS LITERALLY NAMED AFTER LETTUCE.
no her name means never give up
NONONONOOOO!!!!!!!! IN THE ORIGINAL STORY RAPUNZEL’S MOM GETS CRAVINGS!!! WHEN SHE LOOKS OUT THE WINDOW, SHE SEES SOME RAPUNZEL, AND IS LIKE “iF I DONT HAVE SO OF THAT SHIT RIGHT NOW, I WILL CHOKE SOMEONE!” WELL, OF COURSE THE FUCKING GARDEN BELONGS TO A WITCH, BECAUSE NOTHING GOOD EVER HAPPENS AT THE BEGINNING OF A FAIRYTALE! sO, HER HUBBY SNEAKS OVER, AND GETS HER SOME.THEN, HE GETS CAUGHT, AND IN PUNISHMENT, HE HAS TO GIVE UP HIS BABY WHEN SHE’S BORN. sO THE WITCH LOCKS HER IN A TOWER, AND NAMES HER RAPUNZEL AFTER THE FUCKING LETTUCE. I DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU GET THE IDEA THAT HER NAME MEANS NEVER GIVE UP, BUT IT’S WRONG . FUCKITY BYE!
IT MEANS NE\/ER GI\/E UP.
Well her mother never did give up on that fucking lettuce did she
I WATCHED A CARTOON OF RAPUNZEL WHEN I WAS REALLY SMALL AND I’M 98% SURE IT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH LETTUCE
It’s easy to get really stressed and anxious and worn out. Don’t let your situation get the upper hand- take a deep breath and just know that you can do it!
Korra Chibis for Book Two
edit: redrew Eska with her wedding outfit :P
Whose your fav?
And here’s the link for Book One: here
Wow, that’s a lot of work! Adorable! Raiko is my favorite. He is probably the last Book 2 character I would expect to be in chibi form.
Original from Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium by Maria Sibylla Merian
[writes paper] this doesnt make any sense [prints it] [doesn’t proofread] [hands it in for a grade]
chirp305 home again, watercolor on paper, 30x22. travis bruce black.