Basic Figure Skating Moves for Beginners

Figure skating is a fun winter sport open to all ages. It requires flexibility, agility and proper balance. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a professional to perform figure skating moves. Assuming you’ve learned how to fall and get back up with grace, here are some basic techniques to try:

Basic edge

Skating on the edge of your skates will allow you to make a turn and improve your balance. This will also help you set up your jumps. To perform edge skating on the outside blades, stand with your back straight while placing your feet in a parallel position. Bend your knees, and then extend your right arm in front of you while placing the left behind you. Pushing with the left inside edge of the blade, do a forward stroke with your left foot. Raise your left leg and then lean toward your right side. Keep your blade’s right outside edge pushed into the ice as you continue leaning right and gliding in a circular motion.

The figure eight

This is good move to learn for beginners as it lets you balance one skate on the ice during the whole routine. It basically involves tracing the number in the ice either by skating backwards or forwards. Lean your weight toward the outside edge of one skate. Let the other foot make contact with the guiding skate while you make the first circle of the number eight. Once you complete the first circle, switch feet, so that the other foot would lead to complete the figure. Remember to lean your weight on the new skate to create a perfect figure eight.

The Mohawk turn

An easy technique for new skaters, the Mohawk is a turn that involves switching of foot but not a switch of edge. Start by gliding on an edge of one skate while placing the other foot perpendicular to the skating one. The back of the blade should almost touch the instep or middle area of the gliding foot. Then, lean your weight to the new skating foot to complete the turn.

Mastering these basic moves requires patience and regular practice along with a good pair of figure skates. Make sure to wear the right size of skates so you can practice well and avoid any discomfort.