Learn how to fall properly.
Falls are an inherent part of this sport, so it's only natural that they will happen from time to time. Knowing how to fall properly will protect you from injury. This is the first thing you need to learn. To fall correctly, try to follow the recommendations below when you start to lose your balance.
When you feel yourself falling, bend your legs at the knees and crouch down deeply.
Fall sideways and forward, bringing your hands to your knees. After falling, roll onto your hands and knees.
Alternately place your feet on your skates, placing them between your hands. Then gently push yourself up to stand up.
Learn how to stop. When you're more or less familiar with gliding, basic step and lights on the ice surface of the rink, you'll need to learn how to stop. Stand on your skates, feet together. As you skate across the ice, spread your legs apart and put one skate sideways forward. The blade of the skate will crumble some ice from the surface of the rink and make you stop. This movement is a bit like the way skiers stop.
Learn basic gliding. Sliding is a kind of walking on the ice that helps you transition to skating. Bend your legs slightly at the knees. Take two sliding steps forward and allow your body to slide forward slightly. Do this until you start to feel confident. Then start lifting one leg while gliding.
In figure skating, your feet are alternately lifted off the ice. Sliding will help you get used to the sensation of doing so.
Learn the basic step. The basic step is the same, but a longer glide with jerks. To start gliding, push off with one foot and lift it up, then put that foot down on the ice and push off with the other foot. This is the basic step in figure skating. Repeat the exercise until you begin to perform it confidently.
Learn to do "lanterns." As you begin to slide on the ice, bring your feet with your heels together. Then bring your feet apart, then bring your toes together. Repeat this motion, leaving a trail on the ice that looks like a garland of lanterns.
Flashlights will help you learn the basic movements used in figure skating without taking your feet off the ice.
Keep practicing the lanterns until you become completely confident in doing this exercise. Eventually, you'll be able to start alternately lifting your feet as you move in the same way, drawing multi-directional arcs.
Applying the correct technique
Warm up before your workout. Just before you go out on the ice, do a quick warm-up routine. This will prevent soreness during skating due to the fact that the body will not be prepared for the cold. At first, because of the cold you may more often have cramps. To prevent this from happening, pull each leg against the rink's rim to warm up your muscles before skating.
Don't look down. At first, you'll tend to look down at your feet to make sure you're doing the movements correctly. But in reality, this habit does not help you skate better and can even be the cause of unpleasant incidents on the ice. Try to always keep your head straight so that you don't crash into other people on the rink.
Tilt your body forward as you skate. Always lean slightly forward while skating on the ice. Leaning your body backwards can cause your back to fall onto the ice.
Practice regularly. Skating is difficult enough and requires years of practice. Even though you may find it difficult at first, practice several times a week. Eventually, you will master the basics of figure skating.
Your own skating technique is difficult to assess on your own, as you do not have the opportunity to see yourself from the outside. Consider whether you will have the opportunity to get professional skating lessons at an affordable price. You can try searching online or reading flyers on the bulletin board at your local rink.