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In skating there is no consolidated guide to levels, like you would find in martial arts or language schools, which clarifies duration and minimum/maximum content of each level of skating. Each skate school follows its own pattern, for this reason we present our own guide based on the parameters that we consider adequate for each student to comprehend their current level.

Our method is called: Learn to Skate Path. This guide will help the student to acquire knowledge in classes and practice the adequate exercises at each level. LondonSkateLife considers the difference between students to be very large and to try to classify the students by barely employing 4 stages which are each divided into 2 levels, giving a total of 8 levels and 4 stages, is audacious and imprecise. Even still we need a specific classification method in order to allow our students to evaluate and locate their current level, and the level they should be aiming for.

 Each group encompasses a stage which in turn contains 2 levels to consolidate the differences between students given that not everyone learns at the same speed and the overall skated hours between students are different. These two levels by stage are: 1. Rookie (lower level) and 2. Pro (higher level) Each LStage has 2 level differences bases on the % of students are in Rookie or Pro. Ask for these % numbers.

Rookie: Just arrive to the group, less hours per week of training or classes, lower level.                                                                              Pro: More time in the group, more hours per week of training or classes, higher level. Available to pass to next LStage by the Tests.

Learn to Skate Path is a guide which allows the student themself to control their own learning through levels of difficulty and stages. The student controls their own learning, not the instructor who is only there to guide it. 

LondonSkateLife is based on a learning curriculum with 8 categories and the exam which for new students facilitates their understanding of their current level and the level they should be aiming for:

I have never skated or I have done a couple of hours on rollerblades. 

Base: Without previous experience, I’m scared to skate alone, and need to hold someone’s hand when skating or not being sporty. Normally, you describe yourself as a Complete Beginner.

What will I learn how to do and how long will it take:

Time: 4-8 Private Lessons

Push: We will help you to propel yourself using lemons and strides using both feet at the correct time and moment.

Turn: A-turn, we will help you to avoid immobile objects

Stop: Our priority Will be to reduce velocity. We practice basic stops like heel-brake and plow.

Stance: Understanding of positions such as Driver and Heel Brake, Lemons, Plow.

Balance: We will practice every posture and movement, improving the stability of each leg at the correct time and moment. Specials: We will dismount and mount a step with you, we will break twigs, grassy downhills, we will do small rabbit jumps and fall training.

What groups can I go to:

For now you should take private classes. Your instructor will tell you if you are ready to go to a group or not. You will need to pass a small exam in order to qualify for LStage 1: Beginner. LSLife specialises in inline skating and so is our “Learn to Skate Path”, but students that come with Quad skates, 2 and 2 wheels skates, are more than welcome. We can always guarantee a minimal level of teaching to beginners in this sport given that the base levels are extremely similar but not more advanced levels, this is why we only teach roller-skating for first-timers and beginners. If the student is looking for more advanced classes, we have other clubs that we can recommend. Also, kids under 6 years old require full attention, so we only provide a private lesson to them.

A1- Push 16 strides without falling or stopping
A2- Turn between 4 cones doing Fish or Snake (80cm length gap)
A3- Balance for 2 metres on 1 skate (natural leg)
A4- Reduce speed after 8 strides 
A5- Circuit 1: Push 4 strides, fall and stand up, step up

The video is below

Base: 

L1-Rookie: I have skated a few times, I have practised other sports. I have never skated in the street; I have only skated in the park. 

L2-Pro: I have been in the group for a month and I am able to skate, turn and brake at the speed of a pedestrian. I have skated in the street but with help.

I have passed A-Exam

What will I learn how to do and how long will it take: 

Time: 1-4 months

Push: We will combine ever-larger strides on skates, which will begin to move almost by themselves, and more so high-quality skates. We will help you to propel yourself using lemons and techniques that do not require you to lift your skates and strides using both legs at the right time and moment. And lemons – not only when skating forwards.

Turn: By using basic turns and A-turns, we will help you to dodge immobile obstacles like lampposts, trees or passers-by – who will appear to be immobile to you, travelling at speed.

Stop: Our priority will be to reduce speed. We will use basic stops like the heel break or plow to understand the stop and we will focus on the L-Stop (1 step away from the T-brake). 

Stance: We will prioritise the importance of the body when skating. 

Balance: We will practice each posture in motion, improving the stability of each leg and even only one foot, or only 5 wheels touching the ground.

Specials: We will descend your first kerb and grassy downhill with you, we’ll take off from the ground and skate on surfaces that will challenge you

What groups can I join:

You have a large variety of groups that you can join. Link Here. 

Furthermore, we recommend you take private classes to improve your technique and advance faster. Since you are already in a group, meet up with other students, you will improve your friendship and level. 

(Rollerskates and Rollerblades are both welcome)

Available Groups (Hydepark)

Thursday 7.40pm: 80% Rookie and 20% Pro

Sunday 11.00am: 80% Rookie and 20% Pro

B1- Remove Heel Brake
B2- Roll backwards 10m 
B3- Roll down two steps 
B4- Skate down the Bluebirds Boats hill using L-Stop to reduce your speed
B5- PTS Circuit 2: Skate between obstacles while you combine multiple strides, basic turns and T-Stop B6- Roll 5m on 2 wheels (heel and toe or toe-toe) and make turns B7- Jump one cone B8- Slalom: 10 Fish-cones, 6 crossing and 4 cones at 1 foot (80cm length gap)

The video is below

Base:

L3-Rookie: I know how to propel myself when skating forwards, I can turn more-or-less although without much speed. I skate in the street although I won’t go out onto the road. I know how to mount and dismount a kerb when rolling. I won’t skate in the road without my heel brake. 

L4-Pro: I skate in the road without my heel brake, I combine skating on the pavement and in the road, although I only use the T-brake to stop. 

I have passed B-Exam

What will I learn how to do and how long will it take: 

Time: 6-18 months 

Push: We will use our body to propel ourselves without much effort, with speed techniques for large and maintained strides, understanding the use of edges and crossover for increasing our speed. And sidewinding crossover techniques when skating backwards. 

Turn: We will control closed turns, making space for advanced turns in archer and in parallel. Learning more advanced control techniques for weight and use of edges, for example carving in downhills. 

Stop: We will learn to control our skates at higher speeds on flat surfaces and downhills. We will tackle the second phase of the T-Stop (Accordion), and due to many of the classes being in the street, we will go straight to the action with combinations of T-Stops, emergency brakes and internal edge slides like the Powerslide and the Soul Slide. We invite you take our speciaLS: Stops and Slides classes to improve in this category. 

Stance: We will dominate the use of our gaze and arms to direct our skating and we will focus more on dominating both legs which we will call Natural and Switch. 

Balance: We will understand how to place our skates on external and internal edges to better and longer maintain our equilibrium, to skate with only 2 wheels, or maintain more time and distance on only one skate. Specials: We will practice height and distance jumps, which are fundamental in urban skating. We will learn a bit of slalom, we will begin to look at skating backwards, as such we will practice transitions, reduction of speed, propulsion and turns. We will roll down more than 1 consecutive stair, and slide down ramps. We invite you to take speciaLS: Slalom or Stops and Slides to improve in this category. 

Bonus: LSRoll is a FREE activity for all our students. This will be announced in our newsletter and we will be based on the same route on the street, with spots to practice and rest. 

What groups can I join:

You have a large variety of groups that you can join. Link Here.

Furthermore, we recommend you take private classes to improve your technique and advance faster. Since you are already in a group, meet up with other students, you will improve your friendship and level. 

(If you are using rollerskates, we can recommend you another clubs to learn Intermediate Level)

 Available Groups (Hydepark)

Wednesday 7.40pm: 40% Rookie and 60% Pro

Thursday 6.15 pm: 40% Rookie and 60% Pro

Saturday 10.30am: 90% Rookie and 10% Pro

C1- Complete LondonFridayNightSkate
C2- Roll backwards down a hill of grass
C3- Ride 3 stairs backwards
C4- Slalom 5 cones in Criss-Cross and 8 cones in 1 foot (80cm length gap) C5- PTS Circuit 3: Skate between obstacles while you combine long strides, advanced Turns and switch T-Stop
C6- T-Stop and Soul slide down the Wellington Arch metro ramp C7- Jump up 3 stairs or 2 litre bottle C8- Powerslide for more than 2 meters (dry surface)

The video is below

Base: 

L5: Rookie: I skate well in the street, faster than pedestrians but I find it difficult to slide in the street. I won’t go out onto the road alone. I can skate backwards in the street. 

L6: Pro: My goal is to be able to skate confidently in any environment, be it the street, road, stairs, slides, jumps or ramps. Also, students who want to become Instructors. 

I have passed C-Exam

What will I learn how to do and how long will it take: 

Time: The time depends on if the students train the recommended hours (6 per week) (Average: 12-36 months)

Push: Race skating and hockey cross, urban skating with weight in heels and sidewinding (1 foot: stop and go), drafting, double push, maintenance of speed with drafting and sprints and when skating backwards we will focus on cross-overs and maintaining at high speeds. 

Turn: We will improve our precision in crossovers using both feet, closed and narrow turns, we will develop both transitions and turns when skating backwards, transitions without lifting our feet (sidewinding), spins (twirl). 

Stop: We will learn to skate without needing the T-Stop, we will only use it when skating backwards. Dominating new stops without using all of our wheels, 5-wheel slides, internal and external edge and slides with both feet like magic or introduction to parallel. We invite you to take speciaLS: Stops and Slides classes to improve in this category. 

Stance: We will practice all of the stances of the previous stages in switch. We will work on flexibility and strength for predetermined tricks. 

Balance: We will practice spinning on two wheels and ‘wheeling’ exercises, control of natural and switch on 1 foot when skating backwards and forwards on both edges. Specials: We will develop tricks called ‘micro skating’ and crazy legs like medspine, 0 spin and grabs, whirlwind, combined jumps (180, 360 and height and distance jumps with the use of a ramp), seated jumps, machine gun and Le Corve. We will improve our slalom abilities, downhill speed maintenance techniques (with technical stops) and Freeskate.

What groups can I join: 

Given the level of difficulty and therefore the higher level of difficulty to teach, there are few instructors and groups available for this level. Link Here.

In this level, the degree of training by the student is expectedly even more extreme than any of the other stages. We always motivate the student to take private classes, but in this stage what we recommend is training at least 2 days extra on top of class time (3 weekly training days overall). 

(If you are using rollerskates, we can recommend you another clubs to learn Advanced Level)

Available Groups (Hydepark)

Tuesday 6.15pm: 60% Rookie and 40% Pro

Saturday 12.00pm: 70% Rookie and 30% Pro

D1- Skate Half-Pipe 
D2- Roll backwards Buckinham Palace stairs
D3- 180 up 3 stairs and 360 1 step down
D4- Slalom 20 cones: 1 foot. Backwards snake, Crazy and Nelson (80cm length gap) D5- 2 Piruettes on Toe+Toe and Heel+Toe
D6- Both 180 Transitions (Forwards and Backwards) D7- Backwards Switch: Tate Britain Ramp D8- Powerslide and Soul for more than 5 meters (dry surface)

The video is coming soon

Base: 

L7: Rookie: 

L8: Pro: 

I have passed C-Exam

What will I learn how to do and how long will it take: 

Time: The time depends on if the students train the recommended hours (6 per week) (Average: 12-36 months)

Push: 

Turn: 

Stop: 

Stance: 

Balance: 

What groups can I join: 

Given the level of difficulty and therefore the higher level of difficulty to teach, there are few instructors and groups available for this level. Link Here.

At this level, 

 

Available Groups (Hydepark)

Tuesday 7.45pm: 50% Rookie and 50% Pro

 

 

Base: Minimum requirements that you need to qualify for the level in question. We assume that you have the minimum base, where we find this to be untrue we will ask you to go to a lower level. Normally we use the test as a base in more advanced levels, since this guarantees the correct
acquisition of the required level.

Time: Approximate time it will take you to reach the next stage. Time is relative and depends on the level with which you arrived at the stage, be it a lower or higher level, it depends on training hours outside the class, on the type of skates you have, on whether you suffer an injury or fear that will delay your progression, on how many weekly classes you take, and finally on how many hours on skates the student has. We recommend 2 hours of classes each week in order to adequately advance your learning or to take private lessons in order to boost or go over specific exercises. The second hour does not have to be in our classes, but this is recommended given that the simple act of going
to classes an adequate routine and progression.

Exam: This is a test that proves that the student has acquired competencies. In classes, we will teach tricks that do not appear in the exam, for this reason, classes are not based around the exam but do prepare the student for it. We always encourage and motivate the student to practice by themself, with other students, or by taking private classes for reinforcement to reach the next stage. In order to pass the exam, the student compiles a video and send it to our email showing that they have passed all of the tests. LondonSkateLife has facilitated the video of each test given by our instructors below.

Stop: Stop and Slide Techniques which will allow you to develop your confidence and skill in other
categories.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Turn: Turn and Pivot Techniques which will improve your capacity to manoeuvre and your fluidity.
Push: Striding Techniques that Will boost your top speed, resistance and capacity to sprint with minimal effort. Skating can be summarised by three parameters that are intrinsically connected: 1. Knowing how to brake, 2. Knowing how to turn, 3. Knowing how to accelerate. You cannot learn to brake without knowing how to accelerate, but you cannot learn to accelerate without knowing how to brake as this is where you encounter falls and fears due to excess velocity without control. Of course, even with knowing how to accelerate and brake, every skater should know how to turn in order to choose which path to take or which obstacle to avoid. At LondonSkateLife we give a maximal priority to knowing how to brake because knowing how to break is the key to developing a safe and confident skating technique permitting the acquisition of other, perhaps more advanced, skating techniques.

Stance: Is made up of the bodies participating in the sport of skating. Comprehend how the body is positioned and what role it has while skating is fundamental for developing any type of skating. To be conscious of where to place bodyweight, vision, arms, shoulders, and how the knees should be
bent in order to create a correct stance on skates. Through different postures, which have their respective names, you will slowly acquire an overall comprehension of skating. Conscious of body placement and comprehension of movement. 

 LSL Rule: Lower Stance (Keep your gravity centre lower. BEND YOUR KNEES),  Slower movements (Train your exercises as slow you can to strenth your muscles and understand the movement)  and Longer Scissors: Get a right and safe based on one skate always first and another as second in the line of scissors.  The Driver is the scissors with the weight on the heels and its weight leg distribution is  35% weight (first leg-skate), and 65% weight (second leg-skate) We use it for riding forwards steps, twigs, cables, road bumps, turn and heel brake and The Archer is the scissors with the weight on the toes and its weight leg distribution is 65% weight (first leg-skate), and 35% weight (second leg-skate) We use it for skating backwards, T-Stop and Advanced Turns. 

Balance: We measure equilibrium as the distance and time that you may travel maintaining a certain exercise on skates while controlling your body. (Unconscious: Bodily control and weight distribution
on skates) Stance and Balance are extremely related categories: The both show the bodies action when skating. Comprehending skating without the participation of the body will not help to learn to skate. To
explain this quickly, Balance is a result of practice and Stance in itself is the theory – they go hand in hand. It could be said that Balance comes as standard within you, although it can be improved and it can be lost, because it depends on how strong your muscles are and your practice of certain movements, but in psychological terms – balance is unconscious. On the other hand, Stance, is the
theory put into practice through bodily posture. It is a conscious process.

Specials: Made up of exercises that are not unlocked through the general skating scheme PTS, for example: going downstairs, falls, kerbs, jumps, slides*, ramps, slalom, urban skating. Throughout our courses we offer Specials but we also specialised courses for these specific exercises alone.

Video: Access to LStage 1: Beginner

Video: Access to LStage 2: Intermediate

Video: Access to LStage 3: Advanced

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