How To: JB skate

JB skate

JB skating combines roller-skating with a variety of dance styles. If you're board of your normal Friday nights or looking for a fun and funky way to exercise, grab a pair of skates, watch a few videos and then try it for yourself.

This style of roller skating, which originated in Chicago, grooves and bounces to the soul sounds of James Brown.

You Will Need

* A computer with internet access
* A roller skating rink
* Funky music
* Low-cut, old-school roller skates
* A team

Step 1: Research the genre

Watch online videos and visit your local rink to watch JB skaters in action.

Step 2: Select music

Select the music you want for your choreography. While James Brown's tunes are widely used, any funky jam will do.

JB skating, or jam skating, uses elements of hip-hop, crunk, jazz, gymnastics, and break dancing. Essential moves include spins, groundwork, footwork, and shuffling.

Step 3: Learn basic moves

Practice the basic moves of JB skating. Try the "toe jam skate," or "crazy legging." Begin with your right skate behind you, toe to the ground. Move your skates as if walking in place, keeping the toe to the ground. Pivot 180 degrees and pause, then return to your original position and repeat the motions.

Step 4: Combine elements

Combine elements once you have control of a few basic moves. Add jumps, somersaults, and falls to your routine.

Step 5: Join a team

Join a team once you have mastered some advanced moves. The United Jam Skating Teams of America holds competitions twice a year.

James Brown was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 23, 1986.

2 Comments

There are NO gymnastics or break dancing moves in JB skating. We don't wear "low cut" roller skates, as we prefer "High top" roller skates with a capped toe. The guy is the video didn't successfully execute a SINGLE JB move. I would suggest if you want to see REAL JB Skating you go to Youtube and look of JBX, or Richboys, Or JB Elite.

As for the "Funky music" you need? Look no further than the name of our style. "JB" skating. That is; JB for James Brown. Old school 70's funk, we also like War, The Ohio Players, Genesis, and many others.

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