At Last

I bought a pair of inline skates at last.. Hooray~~ *wakakakaka* Still dunno how 2 bring back.. But at least, I’m happy!! =P

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Friday, February 2, 2007. Favourite, Inline Skates, Skate, Sports, work hard PLAY Hard. 3 comments.

The Skating Mistakes

Top Ten Gumbie Skating Mistakes

Here’s a list of the top ten mistakes I see most often as a skate instructor, why I think they’re not a good thing to do, and how to fix them.

What’s a Gumbie?

This is a phrase that’s become common in the London skating scene, and generally refers to new skaters who don’t yet have much in the way of skating skills. Many of the points below would likely apply to a gumbie skater, although of course I’ve seen some experienced skaters make these mistakes too.

This is of course not quite like The Gumbie, the famous GumbieBEN who isn’t a gumbie skater at all since he’s pretty good.

1) Knees not together

This is one of the biggest signs of the new skater – skating whilst not getting your knees together between each stride. It’s very important to do this for stride efficiency and to improve one-foot balance. Eddy Matzger’s favourite description is to think of your left knee as a girlfriend, and your right knee as a boyfriend, and make sure they kissy-kissy long and hard between every stride. At first you might only be able to get your knees close together, but not touching. After some practice that should improve to making the touch for every stride, and eventually you’ll be able to keep your knees together for a little longer still, separating them at the last possible moment before setting down.

2) Pronation/supination

Many beginners pronate, which means rolling your ankles to the inside, leaving your skates on an inside edge when standing with your skates shoulder distance or less apart, for example. Supination is the reverse, when your skates would be on an outside edge.

The goal for most skating is to have the frame and wheels of your skates always stay aligned with your shins. That way they can take the maximum force you generate without flexing, and the chances are your edging during your skating stride will be correct and efficient.

3) No practice

If you want to get better, have smoother technique, and improve as a skater, you’re going to have to practice, and lots of it. All those amazing skaters you see out and about probably also started out skating feeling wobbly and not able to do much other than just stand up. The difference is that they’ve put in thousands and thousands of hours working tirelessly on their drills and skills.

To me this is the joy and beauty of skating, it’s a never-ending challenge that means there’s always something new to get better at and improve yourself. Make sure you don’t get bored or practice so much that you hate it as that’s a sure way to leave skating. I find it great fun to do all kinds of different stuff. My main skating fun is training and skating marathons, but every now and then I have a huge bunch of fun doing other stuff, such as playing inline hockey, going for a mad street skate, roller disco, or maybe trying a new freestyle trick. It’s all great fun, and it all helps improve your skills.

4) Choosing unsuitable locations

This is especially important when first learning to skate. You need a smooth, flat area with little or no traffic where you can practice safely. Anything with even a slight slope will be terrifying if you don’t know how to stop properly. (Here’s a heelbrake tutorial). Rough surfaces are often a nightmare to beginner skaters, and traffic or too many spectators can take lots of fun out of the experience.

Don’t skate down that hill if you’ve never done it before and you don’t know how to stop down hills. You’ll almost certainly crash and might injure yourself, even seriously.

5) Toe flicking/pushing through toes/not pushing sideways

I see many skaters making these mistakes, and yes, I’ve made some of them too. If you want to go fast efficiently, push through the heel, push forwards, and carve away.

6) Practicing more on the good side

We are all asymmetrical to a greater or lesser degree, so having a bad side is completely normal, and it can feel so much more rewarding to work on the good side for a turn or a t-stop, for example. This is misleading though – I believe you won’t ever become a good and balanced skater unless you can do every move almost as well on your bad side.

Think of the importance of being able to turn well in both directions – one day this could avoid a serious accident. What about fitness skating? It’s not very effective at all to skate along with a big, powerful push on your good side let down by a weak ineffective push on the other.

7) Looking down at your skates

Many people tend to look down at their skates. This is a really bad habit that should be broken right away. Looking up gives you better balance, and it helps develop your sense of proprioception (or your knowledge of your body’s position in space based on feedback from your muscles, tendons, and joints). When you understand your own body position in space better, you are much more able to correct your own skating mistakes and will learn a little more quickly as a result.

Another important point is that you get to see what’s coming and avoid accidents. I regularly have to call out to skaters coming the other way in Hyde Park in London simply because they’re looking down.

8) Buying cheap skates instead of good skates

Buying a cheap pair of skates to “see if you like skating” is a pretty good way of guaranteeing that you won’t have a good time. I see so many students who’ve done this and it can be very hard having to tell them that they need to spend more and get skates that will be usable. I’d much rather you bought a decent pair of skates and didn’t spend any money on lessons with me, you’re more likely to become a long term member of the skating community.

A good alternative is to hire skates for the day. Many shops will even give you the price of hiring back if you buy new skates from them within the week.

If you compare cycling and skating, equipment cost is negligible for skating. Take a look at this inline skate buying guide if you’re thinking about buying skates.

9) Not bending your knees enough

Nearly everyone doesn’t bend their knees enough at some point, but this is a particular problem for beginners. It’s also the main cause of the “Windmill of Death”, or wild swinging of the arms as the new skater falls over backwards.

Bend your knees so that if you stood face to a wall, your toes, knees, and your nose would all touch the wall, not including the thickness of any protective gear or your skates. This is the minimum amount of knee bend you should ever have when wearing skates, and should result in a significant forward lean on your shins, plus a fair amount of pressure where the front of your shin presses into the skate cuff. This might cause your thighs to start aching a little after a while, but if you skate regularly then your legs will quickly adapt.

There are a couple of other good reasons to bend your knees – when you fall, at least you’re already closer to the ground so the reduced falling distance means less pain. Secondly, knee bend translates into going faster because you can push a little further sideways. Of course if you’re a new skater you might not want to go faster just yet!

Want to hear how it often goes? “OK, bend your knees. No, some more. No about twice that much, keep going lower, lower still. OK you’ve just reached about the minimum kneebend!”

10) Moving upper body

You can often see skaters zipping along, yet their upper body is bobbing up and down with every stride, or swinging from side to side. This is a clear sign of bad technique, and you want to look for the bullet appearance where your head hardly moves as you skate forwards.

I’m glad that I dun make any of these mistakes except for choosing unsuitable locations!! No choice for that as there’s no smooth, flat area for inline skating at my house.. (“,) How great would that be if I have determination in studying like I read these inline skate’s articles.. =(

Sunday, January 28, 2007. Check It Out, Facts Undercovered, Favourite, Inline Skates, Learning, Mistake, Sharing, Skate, Sports. Leave a comment.

Today’s Paper

Summary of Interesting News from The Star on 23rd Jan 2007

This news from The Star, made me think of the drama, 恋爱女王 (Love Queen).. I love every single thing (except cold sky juice), including sports related to ICE!! Definitely, I will love ice hockey too.. But how come I never know that Malaysia has a place to train ICE HOCKEY?! =.=||| Sunway Pyramid’s ice world is just too small!! How I wish I was born in those 4 seasons countries, preferably Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.. *.O

And YES!! A very small part of this news is just what I wanna tell the government!! We have to accept criticisms and various opinions from the public.. Since we’re given the freedom of speech, and asked to learn to be open-minded in our Morale, the government should do the same thing too, by accepting criticisms and opinions in order to improve, to make Tun Mahathir’s Wawasan 2020 a success, don’t they?? (as if I know what is in Wawasan 2020 *keke*) He’s the one who I look up to and classified as the only smartest and most brilliant Prime Minister, of all the country leaders.. Good job!! =)

While this news on Northern Sarawak to get global TV publicity.. I reckon that not to watch too much on what the Tourism Board of Sarawak recommended, just like the so-called Best Toilet Operator.. How silly is that to be awarded.. I highly recommend those tourists who wanna pay a visit to Sarawak, especially to eat the very very unique delicacies or cuisine, please have a look at KennySia.com, where he posted the best food in Kuching. He said, eat like the locals eat!! That’s true!! *wink* Together we make Visit Malaysia 2007’s mission a SUCCESS!! (not knowing what’s the mission.. to get better income for the locals and the government??)

From this news, we got to know that Malaysia Airlines is offering 5 millions cheap tickets at the travel fair from 31st Jan to 6th Feb. For more information, please click on the link to the news, or visit Malaysia Airlines. *feel like I’m advertising for MAS, weird* MAS is however better than Air Asia as it’s more organized although Air Asia’s doctrine is “Now Everyone can Fly!” as they offered low prices at certain period to certain countries or nationwide.

Whereas, this news is ’bout the technology – invention of the Microwave, where it can kill more than 99% of bacteria, viruses or parasites, and even spores on a kitchen sponges that contribute to the death of thousands Americans each year and get sicked from food borne microbes. It’s good in sterilization. *applause to the inventor of microwave*

This news is telling the truth where some teachers are lack of confidence to teach in English for Maths and Science subjects.. This is what I’m facing too, lack of confidence in speaking, but look! I’m not so bad in writing what!! *ehem, self-praising* (only if I’ve ideas, not to ask me to write an essay!! It’s been ages ago since I last wrote one) I wanted to speak more but scared being laughed at!! So, I try blogging and “read out loud” my blog and other’s blogs, in order to speak fluently.. *haha* In the meantime, I’m learning new vocabulary from the other’s blogs.. Frankly speaking, the Malaysians gotta accept English as their 2nd language coz it’s an International language, and also to catch up with the pace of technologies nowadays in the developed Eastern and Western countries. This is why we have globalization, to standardize and globalize everything!!

So, how’s this post?? I meant how’s my English?? *hehe* Am I improving?? Please comment, I accept criticisms although at times, I dunno how to response.. *feel stupidity*

Anyone wanna sponsor me a better blog?? I dun really like this coz I dunno how to put up my favourite background (I dun think WordPress allow me to change for FREE), NO chatterbox, FIXED template, NO ads. And I need those blog that can import and export blog entries.. *too much expectations, sigh*

Black is DULL and not matching my blog’s theme!!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007. Airlines, Blogger, English, Hall of Fame, News, Sports, Technology, Yummy Yummy. 4 comments.

Stayover at Subang Jaya

Last Friday (19th Jan), I went to Mid Valley to meet an old friend of mine.. Her KK buddy brought her there, also to capture pics for her project. Then, we went shopping for few hours and then went to Sunway Pyramid. It was d 2nd time I stepped into this Egypt-Lion building, and I was still amazed by the ice-skaters who can skate gracefully, as usual. We had our so-called lunch at 4.50pm like that and continued shopping again. And I met 2 old friends of my age, Vincent and Bryan who is now a father.. haha.. Didn’t get to see Bryan for centuries after he transfered to Miri.. LolxXx~ Since Form 3, so that’s ’bout 4 years.. This used-to-be the very naughty boy has become a good man!! A good daddy?? I don’t know.. So what I wanna tell you here is KL isn’t so BIG!! It was ’bout 6.00 to 7.00pm when we arrived at Pangsapuri and began to clean d apartment which that my friend had just moved in a week ago. At ’bout 11.00pm, we went to the nearby restaurant for dinner.

The next day, we walked all d way down to Subang Jaya KTM station to go to Central KL and then changed Rapid KL to 1 Utama. It was a real long journey. This so big yet complicated mall made us very tired of walking around, from one wing to another. It was around 3.00 to 4.00pm when we left this huge mall. It was raining cats and dogs when we got out of this building of Bandar Utama. Saw T82 but it was almost leaving. By d time we reached d taxi stand, d bus had left and we had to waited for another 15 minutes. It was almost 6.00pm when we arrived home and then took bath and went to Sunway Pyramid for dinner at 9++pm.. We first went to Halo Cafe as she wanna meet her long lost friends.. This ancient look cafe is really beautiful, full of creativity. They have singer, guitarist and a *dunno-what-shud-i-named-him*, he was knocking the mic to create some nice sound while d guitarist playing guitar. I “望多两眼” coz who knows they’ll be the next generation of a band (明日之星)?!?! The guitarist looks like my Pesta Tanglung’s Daddy, wonder if that’s him who worked part-time there, which is quite impossible during school days. After that, we went to Kim Gary for dinner at ’bout 11.00pm and her KK buddy came over to fetch us home and they went to another coffee house to yam cha while i was at home, listening music.

Today, we walked to KTM station again to go to Mid Valley. I saw my dream skate shoes in Studio R, which cost RM199. I didn’t buy coz dunno how to bring back Labuan. Ate McD while waiting for another friend to meet us from Serdang.

Grandma had admitted into KK hospital since last week. Did an operation yesterday evening, after that she was in critical conditions and admitted into ICU. She’s doing better according to dad but still have to pray for her for speedy recovery. *南无阿尼托佛*

When I opened my room after back from Mid Valley, I saw a mess in my room, which I had been be patient of all this while. Rubbish all over d floor, and she called that “tissues only” (with all her mucus) and said, “fail to slam dunk kononnya” (投不进篮) 篮=dustbin!! I have to clean for her everyday and just imagine i was not in for 3 days, how does d mess look like?!?! How dirty is that?? That’s why it’s always a strategic, warmest place for the cockroaches to breed in my room.. I HATE that!!

Sunday, January 21, 2007. Daily Life, Friends, Hall of Fame, Hall of Shame, Relative, Sports, Wish List, Yummy Yummy. Leave a comment.

M-I-S-S

I saw a Malay girl roller blading on my friend’s college badminton court, clumsily.. Her shoes look like mine, d 2nd gray skate shoes, which d one used 2 tighten d shoes had been broken, years ago..

I damn missing d days i used to roller blade at home, in d neighbourhood.. Brought d shoes even when i went to KK.. It had been donkey years since i last wore them, rode them when i’m cycling.. I wanted to get one here by CNY.. But it’s somehow very very impossible to ride them in my residential college coz all u can see is HILLS, HILLS and HILLS.. Not even a flat, smooth area to skate..

A good roller blade’s shoe uses rubbered-wheels, which let you skate smoothly.. Won’t get stuck even u’re riding them on a coarse surface like d tar road.. But of course, they’re slightly more expensive than d plastic wheels..

I’m BORED with life here..

Wednesday, January 17, 2007. Daily Life, Down Memory Lane, Sports. Leave a comment.

Shopaholic ME?? Am I??

Ok, let’s talk ’bout this new title of my bloggie..
“I am who I am. So what??” does it sound sarcastic (a bit)?? Well, it sounds great to me.. so what?? =P changed it few days ago.. i think on 1st or 2nd January at.. of cuz my HOME!! LoLxXx~

Went to The Mines which i haven’t been there for months this sunny afternoon with 4 of my coursemates.. Again, i had bought lotsa “rubbish”.. (i consider this word is d BEST to describe my groceries.. ain’t it??) i wonder at times.. Tom Yam maggie cup, Honey Star (still a kid huh?? i do admit that as many people said only kids love Honey Star & Koko Krunch.. so what?? it doesn’t state in d laws of this brilliant country that only kids can buy.. XD), grape biscuit & Cocoa drink.. Also, eaten my fav. McD’s Strewberry Sundae & d Prosperity Beef Set Meal (‘tho i dun like black pepper, but d twister fries r nice & crispy.. so i had 2 finish d black pepper beef burger by any means.. Muahahahaha~) Well, not to forget d Tension’s Planet Love & Qiu Ze (邱泽)’s CD.. both imported CDs cost me only RM10 each.. Unbelievable?? Haha.. As for stock clearance’s purpose, U gotta believe ME of cuz~ Ain’t they worth it?!?! Since that have been dockey years i last bought an Original CD.. i dun buy pirated too, so dun get me wrong.. LoLxXx~ I will get in whatever means, no matter by borrowing or downloading.. So this have been d happiest yet an excited day for me ‘tho it was tiring & had burnt my pocket a big big hole.. MuackxXx~ I love d CDs so much..

Pity Alan was having lab.. n Sam’s in Penang.. =_=||| y i can never have a 3 months summer hols?? *jealous* I wanted to go to Penang some day to find my Matrix buddies.. Hope to see u all again.. Keke..

& hey, there’s d list of my plan…
– to go for ice-skating
– Genting
– 1U

I’m so EAGER to go for ice-skating but sad to say, i hav co-curriculum tomorrow at 10am So late!! This will spoil my Saturday outing plan.. I prefer d 8am early in d morning 1.. n also i wanted to buy myself a new rubbered-wheel roller blade.. MuackxXx~ Hopefully i can get 1 here.. I miss roller blading so much..

Friday, January 5, 2007. Blog, Daily Life, Enthusiasm, Music, Plan, Sports, Yummy Yummy. Leave a comment.

Just A Dream

Yesterday morning (13th June, after they played the match) i dreamt bout Narazaki!! Yeah, Narazaki – the GK of Japan FIFA Team!! I’m so crazy for him since I watched 2002 FIFA World Cup, searching for his profile everywhere in the net, copied down his profile and I remembered something funny which used to happened in Form 3. Narazaki’s Marital status: single (showed Siew Nee his profile with that word ‘SINGLE’ beside his name!! haha.. Really funny!! Normally ppl like the midfielders or defenders or the top scorers but i am so weird, like a GK!!

Dreaming: I went to my younger brother’s friend’s house with the whole family. Before we left his friend’s house, I entered their Store Room and saw many jerseys of the footballers!! I then went to ‘翻’ the jerseys and saw NARAZAKI 1.. Walau eh.. so damn excited o0o.. It’s the jersey that he just wore after the 12th June Japan vs Australia’s match (i dunno if he’s playing in that match).. still got sweat 1.. After that I called my parents and brothers over to see and asked for the permission of the owner to bring back the jersey since they have so many other famous players 1.. Wow.. so happy.. the owner gave it to me!! Then i woke up to see if that was real.. *sigh* who knows that’s only a dream~ 一场欢喜,一场空

I love Narazaki~!~!~!

Narazaki, You’re the BEST of the BEST!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006. Down Memory Lane, Dream, Family, Favourite, Friends, Hall of Fame, Sports. 9 comments.

Australia vs Japan

Australia 3: 1 Japan?!?! WTH!! I support Japan!! I love Japan!! How can they lose?!?! So sad o0o.. Disappointed me man~!~! How did GK guard their goal?? Actually i haven’t watched yet.. I missed that match man!! Totally forgot ’bout FIFA, watching Naruto instead.. *sigh* I must watch that match!! Connection not stable (not good).. hai~ Anyone else having problem with the connection here?? Alan??

Monday, June 12, 2006. Anime, Down Memory Lane, Favourite, Hall of Fame, Sports. 4 comments.