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08-02-2006, 04:00 PM
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Definitely skate as much as you can -- much of what I know now I owe Laura Stamm's Power Skating book and trying specific exercises during public skating.

I'm taking a hockey skills class and, though I really enjoy it, I don't get to work on the specific skills or problems I'd like as much as I'd like to. It helps, but I'm much more successful in the class doing things I've already tried on my own. It's rare for me to get an instructor's undivided attention, but if he can give a quick piece of advice or correct my stance he will. If you've got the money you might consider a private instructor. Or, there are some new hockey programs that are springing up -- you skate on a 1/4 sized rink on some kind of pseudo ice, they videotape you as you skate and together you analyze your technique.

Good luck!

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