Jam skating is huge. It’s been popular for a number of years, and many recreational skaters have taken to the art of jam skating. It’s definitely a discipline of skating that will get you hooked. Once you get started and roll in time to the sweet beats of the music on the rink, you won’t be able to stop.
If you’ve never heard of jam skating, that’s okay. In a few simple words it can be described as an artistic combo of skating, dance, martial arts, and gymnastics, which of course is all performed on your quads; now that’s some combination!
Jam skating can be attributed to Florida, as this is where the idea of roller discos all began way back in the 70’s. But it’s not just about dancing on your roller skates; it goes much deeper than this. Influenced by more extreme dance movements such as breakdancing and modern dance with a hint of gymnastics and martial arts, this is one sport or recreational activity that will have you rolling and shuffling all day long.
Once you acquire your basic roller-skating skills, you can move on and experiment on your wheels a little more. Pro jam skaters are disciplined and well practiced in a number of forms of dance on wheels. You’re probably thinking, “How can I ever do that?” But with a little bit of perseverance, you can do it with ease.
While the sport has a relatively short history compared to standard freestyle and artistic skating, it was fueled by an underground movement of rebellious and daring teenagers and skaters in their early to mid-20s. Over time as word spread, official jam skating events were organized which allowed all jam skaters of different ages to meet, exchange moves, and “battle”.
The jam skating “battle” has nothing to do with violence or drawing swords, it’s a form of competition where more than able jam skaters challenge each other to see who can pull of the most impressive jam moves on the rink to some cool music. This is something that pushes all boundaries and where the impossible becomes the possible, and it is with this attitude that a whole new dance skating culture was ignited, which now goes by the apt name of jam skating.
There are literally hundreds of different jam skating moves from easy ones to more complex ones. It’s an evolving art, and every day daring jam skaters invent new jam moves. There’s the simple shuffle, windmills, flares, head spins, crazy leg, boogie bouncing, and many more.
One thing’s for sure, these daring acrobatic jam moves require a hell of a lot of speed, endurance, control, momentum, balance, skill, and of course, patience.
So, if you’re the type of person who loves to get their groove on in the roller-skating rink, you need to get yourself a pair of quality jam skates. You’ll fall in love with jam skating (if you haven’t already). So, what makes good jam skates and what should you look out for?
Typically, jam skates have a lower cut ankle. This is so incredibly important when jam skating. The low cut ankle allows for all the flexibility and ankle movement you need when jam skating and showing off your hybrid dance moves. When you look for a pair of quality jam quads, look for skates that are made out of a lighter material. Because you’ll be lifting your feet constantly and pulling off some seriously awesome jam moves, you’ll need to ensure your skates are both light and flexible.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice jam skater or a local jam skating pro, at Skates Emporium, we’ve got your back and the right jam skates for you. At Skates Emporium we’ve got a range of quality jam skates from all the top roller skate names such as Pacer, Vanilla, Dice, Sure-Grip, and a whole lot more! If you’re not already convinced, we also offer free shipping on all your skate orders over $99; how could you resist such an offer?
Crab walk, the side slide, the toe pivot, the plug kick, and the cake walk, are just some of the jam skating moves you’ll be doing on your brand new pair of jam skates from Skates Emporium!
Jam skating is the poetry of the foot, so now it’s time for you to write your own lyrics and become part of the jam skating movement!
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