My name is Asha Kirkby. I am an expert inline skating instructor and my series of online courses is a result of teaching full-time since 2000.
I found my first pair of skates (rainbow quads) on the street in a rubbish bin aged 10. They fitted perfectly. I skated home, almost falling on the curb descent before quickly discovering that bent knees worked much better. Soon after I went to a roller disco and was “discovered” by my future artistic skating coach and began figure skating on quads. Two years later I won the British under 14 National Championships. I competed throughout my teens, representing Great Britain in several international competitions.
I gave up competitive skating at 18 and went to Brazil on a gap year before starting university in Edinburgh. In my 20s I had a few office jobs in London but was very unhappy. I left work for what I thought was a temporary few months off to rest and regroup. In that time I bought a pair of rollerblades and started skating for fun and fitness. A skating friend suggested we do the ICP (Inline Certification Program) to become instructors.
We started Skatefresh together in 2000 and that’s how my teaching career began. I love teaching. I’m fascinated by people’s learning processes and how I can make these more efficient, practical and satisfying.
I spend most of my time in the UK and Europe during the Spring and Summer months and the Winters in Brazil. I teach group classes as well as private lessons and online video coaching wherever I am and I frequently travel to other countries for Instructor Certifications. I’ve been certifying Instructors for ICP since 2002 and I’ve certified more than 300 instructors in the UK, Spain and Brazil. I speak Spanish and Portuguese fluently.
Between November 2018 and June 2019 I completed a “World Teaching Tour” which included Uganda, Dubai, Singapore, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Mexico and the USA.
I’ve worked for the BBC and Disney as a skate consultant, judge and coach. For Disney I trained the main actors in “Soy Luna”. This included a 2 week intensive boot camp and ongoing video coaching for a year. They went from zero to experts and then started filming.
Skatefresh is an International Online Professional Teaching Academy, with a unique Teaching Strategy.
We provide a “Hub” for all skaters to gain Professional Tuition in the Art of Skating so you have an experience that is Fun, Progressive, Safe and Enjoyable, right from the start.
Skatefresh is a Skate School of 2 halves;
If you learn properly and skate well, you won’t learn by falling, you’ll feel relaxed and alive and in control of your skates. The feeling of exhilaration is unavoidable when you learn safely and have a Training Plan to follow.
Asha discovered her first pair of skates in a street rubbish bin and went on to be a champion figure skater on Quads in her teens. She represented GB several times in competition and learned classic technique and discipline, essential for top level skating.
In 1999 Asha started Skatefresh, London’s longest-running skate school.
Asha has been Training and Certifying Instructors worldwide since 2003 with ICP (Inline Certification Program) and is their most active Examiner. All Skatefresh Instructors in the UK are certified with ICP.
Asha and her Team of Instructors are PASSIONATE about skating, because we know first hand the joy, good feelings and connectedness it gives us.
Skating Well makes us Feel Alive with Freedom and Good Health.
Skating Well is not instinctive or intuitive so most skaters need to learn the correct positions and nuances of weight and body control, much of which is super subtle.
Our Teaching Strategy
Each skate move (be it a stride, a stop, a turn or a trick) is made up of several different sections in sequence. Your body has various moving parts you need to control in order to skate that manoeuvre.
This complex mix needs to be learned in careful sequence so the body can acquire each part separately before then being blended with the other parts to create the whole move.
So much Instruction ‘out there’ simply demo’s the move and describes what’s happening.
Asha’s methodology comes from 19 years of actually teaching skills to real skaters and having to invent exercise after exercise to achieve the different parts to create the whole.
We’ve done all this with skaters aged 4 – 83 years old. If they did it, so can you!
If you follow Asha’s progressive exercise sequences which are the trademark of her work, you WILL reach your goals.
ICP Level 3 Instructor
Asha teaches adults only in Hyde Park, Gladstone Park & Brighton. She teaches quads, inlines, private lessons and all levels
The founder & owner of Skatefresh, Asha has been skating for over 30 years, ever since discovering a pair of quad skates in a rubbish bin at the age of 10.
It was a life-changing moment for her, and being on wheels soon became second nature. She was spotted by a figure-skating coach and went on to become the British Novice Artistic Roller Skating Champion at the age of 12, and as a teenager represented the UK in International Artistic Roller Skating Championships.
In 2000 Asha set up Skatefresh, London’s longest-running skate school and one of the first in the UK. She has been a committed, full-time instructor ever since, running classes for all levels of skaters, as well as street skate classes, kids’ clubs and bespoke dance and fitness groups.
For over ten years Asha has trained and certified new and existing instructors for the Inline Certification Programme (ICP) in the UK, Slovenia, Spain and Brazil. She has certified hundreds of instructors.
In 2015 Asha was Head of Coaching on Disney’s teen Drama “Soy Luna” in Argentina and continued via video coaching throughout the year. In 2009 Asha starred as a coach and judge on the BBC television series Skate Nation.
Asha is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Asha keeps fit and healthy by practicing Yoga, eating healthily and of course skating.
What Asha’s students say about her:
“I can’t believe how you managed to teach me the inverted mohawk in less than one hour and in the dark. Sarah seems to have jumped up a notch too, as she was rolling in Toe Roll position for some distance unaided and her speed seems to have doubled since she took the Improvers class.” – Michael, 55
“The lesson we did before the street skate was spot-on. you addressed many useful things. During the street skate, I felt completely in the zone. Thinking about it makes me smile and feel very proud. Thank you ever so much for being a great teacher.” – Simon, 32
“Thanks for the two lessons this weekend. A great help. Very much appreciated. You are a remarkably competent and an exceptionally talented teacher.” – Daniel, 55
ICP Level 2 Instructor
Who? Adults only
Where? Hyde Park, Victoria Park
When? Mid week evenings and weekends
What? Teaches quads, inlines, private lessons, Beginner and Improver groups.
I’ve been skating for 12 years now, on inlines and quads. After a lifetime of carefully avoiding sport or, let’s face it, exercise of any kind I was, I must admit a fairly unlikely candidate. But better late than never, and thousands of miles later I’m still doing it and still having fun so, if you too have a hankering for some wheels under your feet, then do come and join me. If I can do it, so can you! On my personal skating journey I’ve felt inspired enough to have a go at most things – skate marathons, speed skating, ramps and skate parks, roller disco, ice hockey and slalom, and I’ve enjoyed all of them immensely, despite that natural inclination toward the sofa and the central heating. Skating is a liberating and exciting activity that pretty much anyone can do and, with practice, even excel at. It’s also a terrifically inclusive social activity – skaters are a pretty friendly bunch as I’ve discovered not only in the parks and streets of London, but also in France, Germany, Holland, Spain and the USA. not forgetting Brighton and Eastbourne of course! I particularly enjoy teaching beginners, and, once you’ve mastered the basics of rolling, stopping and turning on your inlines or roller skates, you’ll soon be zooming around with the best of them. I look forward to meeting you.
What clients say about Nick:
“We had our lesson yesterday with Nick, and just want to thank him for being so lovely and patient with me and my friend. We were absolutely rubbish, but he was so nice, and calm with us and made the experience one that we will always remember.” – Sophie, 35
ICP Level 1 Instructor
HWho? Adults and children
Where? Hyde Park
When? Mid week and weekends
What? Teaches quads, inlines, private lessons.
Not being as young as I’d like to be does not stop me from skating, and has not stopped me from becoming a skate instructor for Skatefresh.
It is perhaps my passion for skating and music that led me to spending six years of my skate career as a roller disco marshal. Nothing combines the two like this 80’s phenomenon. I have also spent four of my years on wheels as a skate coach and captained the GB team in the 2011 Roll Ball in India. Last year I started teaching some of Skatefresh’s school projects where we got kids to skate safely. In the coming skate season I will be teaching private lessons as well as take on some beginner classes so I can share my passion of skating with our students.
On a more personal note, I like good food and good company but severely dislike the lack of places for us to skate in London.
Comments from a parent of an 11 yr old child:
“What an incredible instructor! Hugh was polite, kind, friendly, extremely professional and definitely on a child’s level. Sasha loved him and has leaned many new skills. The lesson was well structured and covered so much – more than we could ever have hoped for.”
“I’m loving my lessons with Hugh, He’s been so great at explaining everything in a way that makes sense to me personally, and he’s patient when I take forever to comprehend doing 5 things at once with my body.” Charli Beeton 37 (London)
Level 1 Instructor
After the lesson was over, tired, aching and sweaty, I decided that I loved the sport. Purchasing my first pair of inline skates, I set myself the goal of joining a Skatefresh trip to Paris. I will always remember the Paris Friday Night Skate with several thousand fellow skaters, skating over 20 miles just two months after my first lesson!
Since then my passion for skating has seen me attending additional classes to brush up on skills, learning to skate backwards and generally wanting to know more, and deciding I wanted to become an instructor. I have now been skating for over four years and have been a qualified instructor for over a year. I enjoy passing on my passion to students, helping them to gain confidence on their skates and exceed their expectations.
Now I use skating to commute to work, travel around London and other cities; participating in several different skating events including the Berlin inline skating marathon. I love being out and about in London on my skates and find that it helps clear my mind, allowing me to be present in the moment. I regularly attend group street skates in London, and am involved in the sound crew who entertain the skaters with a mobile backpack sound system. I enjoy the variety of people in the group skates, meeting people of many different ages and backgrounds and the non-skaters that join in. Skaters are an open and inclusive bunch.
ICP Level 1 Instructor
Who? Adults and kids
Where? Hyde Park
When? Weekends and other times by arrangement.
What? Teaches – Inlines, Quads, Private and Group lessons.
I began my skating journey in 2006 at the age of seven with private lessons from Asha. Having passed my ICP – Level 1 teaching certificate in Summer 2018, being one of the youngest people to do so, I then became the newest member of the Skatefresh teaching team.
If you’re getting into skating as a way to travel around London, exercise, or just as a hobby I can help you on the journey. From putting a fresh pair of skates on for the first time to skating around the wonderful London parks, my lessons will help you improve your skating, no matter what stage or ability you are at. I have had great success with nervous beginners building up their confidence in incremental steps.
Skating has allowed me to keep fit and to de-stress whilst I juggle being a student at a London Drama School. It’s also a great way to meet new people and enjoy the sun after a difficult day at work.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE INSTRUCTOR LEVELS?
All Skatefresh instructors are certified by the ICP (Inline Certification Programme) to either Level 1, 2 or 3.
Level 1 instructors are trained to teach the Beginner and Improver syllabus of skills and usually have
between 1-4 years experience.
Level 2 instructors also teach Beginners and Improvers but are further trained to teach Intermediate skaters (backwards, speed and harder stops). Teaching experience is more than 4 years.
Level 3 is for even more advanced and experienced instructors. Only Asha (and a handful of people worldwide) hold this level.
Asha is an Examiner for ICP for Levels 1 and 2 and she regularly certifies new and existing instructors in the ICP methods and syllabus. Asha is your expert for advanced and speciality skating (dance, street, fitness) but she may also be your first choice as a beginner, because she has 20 years of experience and has taught skaters of all ages (3yrs to 83yrs!).