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History

Barry and Jodi (Skjei) Karn have been teaching together since 1984 and with son Beau since 2001. And now daughter Kelly and Jodi have started the Karn Jr. Program to develop the very young for the Karn Skating Dynamics school. Over the years Karn Skating Dynamics (KSD) has become the largest school of its kind.

Barry Karn worked as an NHL skating coach for 22 years with Phoenix, Calgary, St. Louis, Minnesota, SanJose, and Tampa. As of this writing in 2021 there are over 230 current NHL players trained by Karn Skating Dynamics.

This reputation has spread throughout every hockey-playing country on the planet! In addition to the KSD School, they have done several hundred teams, coaches, hockey associations and club clinics, and seminars throughout North America and Europe.

Philosophy

Power Skating is dead!

Let's explain. Over KSD's existence, we've seen over 50,000 students ranging from beginners to Veteran NHL players. Several thousand of these students have had extensive power skating training and yet are being told they need to take skating lessons. They are told things like, "you don't bend your knees enough", "your strides are short and choppy", "your getting beat wide", "your first three strides need to improve" etc. We've heard it all! We can't attribute all of these things to being physically immature, weakness, and growth spurts. Several hundred of these athletes were actually highly skilled Pro and Olympic class athletes.

So, what's the problem? Old outdated skating patterns still being taught! For beginners all the way to elite world-class athletes, traditional power skating techniques fall short. In fact, some of the deficiencies are at direct odds with what the fastest skaters of today can achieve! In their day in the seventies and eighties, these techniques improved everyone tremendously. By today's standards, these techniques are a C+ to a B- at best. What's missing from the techniques actually creates an acceleration, top speed, and agility ceiling the player can't breakthrough.

Karn Skating Dynamics starts with a technique model that has evolved beyond Power Skating. We call it "Glide Platform Training".

With twenty-year-old KSD student and NHL rookie Dylan Larkin breaking the All-Star speed record, we think it works! In fact, informally we have several non-All-Star players that can reach those speeds! This is most importantly an efficiency factor. Our NHL players report that it will lengthen their careers as they age.

Through a better technique model and Dynamic Progressions, we show the player how to break the old habits or patterns and establish new solid neuromuscular patterns. We use video analysis to accelerate this process.

Come join us and see what you've been missing!!