Friday, December 7, 2012

Beat Me Halfway 2012

I was going to do a fancy little write-up of Beat Me Halfway like Thermal Detonator posted for me last year.

But then I wrote a blog post about it for Dead Girl Derby. And we're working up a piece on it for Roll Out Magazine. Lastly, there's gotta be some incentive to attend such awesome events. It wouldn't be the same if I just gave you all the goods now, would it?

Here's why you should attend next year, though. Quadzilla clinic.

Then I got to work on Quadzilla-taught skills with this other skater, and he critiqued us. Squee!

We worked on toe-stop starts and stops, so I'm way more comfortable doing them now.

There were clinics for blockers and jammers alike.

I got to watch Vyolent Grimm skate in real life. Holy crap.

These all-stars were so fast, I couldn't get pics.

So much wow. I was in derby awe.

Quadzilla and Streak. If you know men's derby at all, you know these guys. They're amazing.

And I got to dress up all pretty-like for a party with these fabulous people.

My favorite takeaways from the Quadzilla clinic:

  • New skills can take a really long time to learn. If it takes you a week or a year, keep working on it.
  • EVERYONE needs to know how to do tomahawk stops. This includes newbies who just started skating three months ago.
  • Roller derby is full-contact. If you don’t like it, go home.
  • If you think you have your skills mastered, go home. There is nothing left for you to do.

My favorite takeaways from the Magnum p.i.m.p. clinic:

  • When jamming, be able to change speed and direction.
  • Most of us think we're jumping/hopping, but we're really not. Jammers need a lot of lateral movement.
  • Traditional hits are a thing of the past. As a blocker, you want to stop the jammer from moving. Drag her out of bounds or control her with booty blocks.

No comments: