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C.I.S.I. Certified

The Canadian Ice Skating Institute Incorporated is an educational sport organization which has been officially recognized by the Government of Ontario since 1976. C.I.S.I became the first private teaching and learning ground dedicated to Individual Hockey Player Development in North America and Europe.

The founder of C.I.S.I. is Yacov Smushkin. Dr. Smushkin was first a gymnast, becoming champion of Moscow at age 14. At age 16 he discovered figure skating and became a gold medallist skating competitively for 12 years in both singles and pairs events. In 1952 he received a degree in Engineering from the Moscow Technical School and in 1962 received his Coach's Diploma from the State Institute of Sports and Physical Culture. In 1966 he started preparing his doctoral thesis in the science of figure skating under the All-Soviet Scientific Research Institute of Sports and Physical Culture. He completed his studies for Ph. D. in 1972. Dr. Smushkin advanced rapidly in the skating hierarchy of the former Soviet Union, becoming Soviet national skating coach, scientific and technical consultant to the Soviet Skating Federation and Vice-President of the Federation's Sport Technical Committee. He was responsible for selection, supervision and training of the top Soviet figure skaters. Among the most notable was the figure skating team representing USSR at 1968 Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France. Dr. Smushkin's popularity grew as he published 2 books and over 30 articles about his scientific research on figure skating. He has also received special recognition from the International Skating Union (ISU), Professional Skaters Guild of America (PSGA), Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FFKKR), and Professional Skating Association of Canada (PSAC).

Yacov's training roots come from the Soviet Union Physical Education System. This System is based on scientific data and requires a license for teaching young hockey players. Hockey techniques are a tactical skill and teaching these techniques has to be under challenging situations, where a teacher simulates the stress of game situations in large group training, organized by one teacher, not several instructors doing different drills on the ice at the same time.

Dr. Smushkin's Elite Hockey Agility Program (EHAP) is the only one of its kind which has scientific classification and a progressive learning algorithm (step by step) for individual development and performance. All skills exercises are grounded on the principles of biomechanical, physiological and psychological concepts of cognitive and physical individual athletic agility. This scientific foundation makes the EHAP training system universally applicable; any player regardless of back ground, who is put through the EHAP training system with consistency, acquires not only superior skating agility and dexterity with stick-puck control, but also better attention, perceptive vision and thinking. Parents should know and accept that the learning process of individual hockey skills has its own uncompromising laws which no one can successfully break or avoid.

The philosophy and common sense of the training and learning consist of the idea, which has been proven many times in the history of team sports, that the System of Teaching and Learning determines whether a child will grow into an excellent athlete or not. The System of Teaching and Learning produced the talents, not vice versa, and Hockey as a Sport, also complies with this general rule.

Many programs for hockey players are named "Power Skating". It is the most misused phrase with two words "Power" and "Skating". In a survey of 50 Russian hockey specialists we see that absolute strength (power) is the last of eleven essential characteristics of an ideal hockey player. It is very important to understand that for hockey, like in figure skating, the player needs skates to present their skills on the ice. Both sports have Rhythmical Movement, figure skaters with music and hockey players with cooperative and confrontational moves (with and without the puck). Speed transitions from slow to fast, from slow to quick, from quick to slow, and quick to fast automatically develop muscular strength (power). The secret of speed transitions is not the strength to push skates, but deep feeling of the rhythm of skates, stick, and puck. Rhythmical skating and not power skating are the real fundamental skills for figure skaters and for hockey players.


Over the years I have always had an appreciation for the passion, creativity and uniqueness of Dr. Smushkin going back to the days when I was his student. I chose to become a Smushkin Certified Instructor because I wanted to upgrade my teaching skills, and become more knowledgeable about my craft. From a scientific standpoint Doctor's program was the only option because it is based on a scientific algorithm and the laws of nature.

Since I have completed my Level 1 Certification the way I approach my lessons has changed. I now have a whole new program which includes Gym on Ice, compulsory cornering and turning, rhythmical stickhandling, edge control, and shooting and scoring just to name a few. These programs provide the necessary preparatory and supportive skills students need to become higher level hockey players. During my training Doctor explained to me what drills needed to be done, how they are to be done, and why they need to be done. I am more confident when I am teaching, the quality of my lessons is better, and my students are having a great time because the program is different than anything they have ever done before.

Over the last 46 years Doctor Smushkin has taught thousands of players. He is a hockey scientist and a hockey creator. Selfishly I do not want to see his program come to an end. I went to him and asked him if I could carry on what he has spent a lifetime perfecting. I consider myself very fortunate Doctor has entrusted me with his knowledge, and teaching methodology to be able to pass onto my students. I am the first and only one to be certified by him and am now looking forward to starting my Level 2 Certification.

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