April/May Skating Lessons

Our group skate lessons at the Church of 8 Wheels are great for those who want to learn the basics, and private sessions for those looking to learn additional skills!

BEGINNER SKATE CLASS – Saturday 1-2pm

This class covers the fundamentals of skating technique. Includes proper skating form, falling, stopping and turning.

We have several wonderful instructors on rotation each week.
I will be teaching on the following dates

  • April 20
  • May 4

Class is for kids as well as adults! Drop ins welcomed and encouraged!

PRIVATE LESSONS – Saturday 2-3pm

Private lessons can also be arranged at the Church.
Please reserve in advance by email.

Click here for for lesson rates and additional details


PUBLIC SKATE SESSIONS

After class is over, improving your skating skills is all about PRACTICE!
The Church of 8 Wheels offers 2 more public skating sessions on Saturday. It’s a great way to get more practice.

  • 3-5pm – Afternoon family skate
  • 7-11pm – Roller Disco Party (18+ only)

Hope to help get you started on your skate journey soon!

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February Skating Lessons

Skating in February 2019 means a shiny, new, refinished floor at the Church of 8 Wheels!

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Our group skate lessons are great for those who want to learn the basics, and private sessions for those looking to learn additional skills!

BEGINNER SKATE CLASS – Saturday 1-2pm

This class covers the fundamentals of skating technique. We have several wonderful instructors on rotation each week.

*UPDATED* I will be teaching on the following dates

  • February 9
  • February 16 – CANCELLED DUE TO PRIVATE EVENT
  • February 23

Class is for kids as well as adults! Drop ins welcomed and encouraged!

PRIVATE LESSONS – Saturday 2-3pm

Private lessons can also be arranged at the Church.
Please reserve in advance by email.

For lesson rates and additional details, please visit: www.cora.org/skatelessons.html


PUBLIC SKATE SESSIONS

After class is over, improving your skating skills is all about PRACTICE!
The Church of 8 Wheels offers 2 more public skating sessions on Saturday. It’s a great way to get more practice.

  • 3-5pm – Afternoon family skate
  • 7-11pm – Roller Disco Party (18+ only)

Hope to help get you started on your skate journey soon!

Roller Disco Party Playlist #1

Skate music has it’s own unique groove to give you that “roll, bounce” action. There’s a reason that people have been rolling to these great old school tunes for decades!

For those on Spotify, I’ve put together for you 4 hours of roller disco fun! These songs are the real deal! This is a loose recreation of one of my DJ sets at San Francisco’s Church of 8 Wheels.

For best results, let it flow. Do not shuffle!

White Chocolate’s Roller Disco Party #1 – #RollWithSoul

December 2018 Skating Lessons

San Francisco’s Church of 8 Wheels hosts skate lessons for those who want to learn the basics, and private sessions for those looking to learn additional skills!

BEGINNER SKATE CLASS – Saturday 1-2pm

This class covers the fundamentals of skating technique. We have several wonderful instructors on rotation each week.

UPDATE! Due to a private event, the schedule has shifted out a week. I’ll be teaching on the following dates:

  • December 22
  • December 29

Class is for kids as well as adults! Drop ins welcomed and encouraged!

PRIVATE LESSONS – Saturday 2-3pm

Private lessons can also be arranged at the Church.
Please reserve in advance by email.

For lesson rates and additional details, please visit: www.cora.org/skatelessons.html


PUBLIC SKATE SESSIONS

After class is over, improving your skating skills is all about PRACTICE!
The Church of 8 Wheels offers 2 more public skating sessions on Saturday. It’s a great way to get more practice.

  • 3-5pm – Afternoon family skate
  • 7-11pm – Roller Disco Party (18+ only)

Hope to help get you started on your skate journey soon!

Overcoming the Fear of Falling

One of the biggest obstacles that new or returning skaters face is the fear of falling.
Surprisingly, it’s not always the bumps and the bruises that will keep you down, it’s your mindset.

Watch below as I string together some sentences on the topic of falling.

Note: I do mention some fundamental techniques that are not actually shown in the video. For safety, I highly recommend learning those with an in-person instructor.
To find an instructor near you, search this database of SkateIA Instructors

More videos to come on various aspects of skating, so stay tuned!

How to Start a Skate Movement in Your Town

One of the things that frustrates roller skaters the most is the struggle to find a safe place to skate.
Rinks across the country are closing due to skyrocketing costs of land and insurance. Some places don’t even have rinks.
It’s a hardknock life, for us!

During my skating journey, I’ve been lucky to meet and work with one of the most successful community advocates for roller skating here in San Francisco. David Miles Jr. The Godfather of Skate. Over the last 3 decades, he has developed a very vibrant and successful skate community producing over 2000 skate events, many which have been featured in national magazines including Sports Illustrated and on the front page of newspapers throughout the country.

Since arriving in California from Kansas City in 1979, David has developed great working relationships with the local government in the city and county of San Francisco to create a positive image for skaters and help implement laws that benefit skaters.

I thought I would go straight to the source when it comes to finding out how to he created all this from the ground up. So during a break between sessions at the popular “Church of 8 Wheels” I asked him to share some ideas on how anyone can do it in their own community.

Straight from the Godfather to you…

Be sure to let me know if you start something in your community. You can comment below, or join me on Facebook and tell us about it!
Keep Rollin!!