Hello and welcome to Tulsa tumble talk with justice tumbling company, the one and only Tulsa tumbling show where we your Tulsa tumbling experts. Answer the questions that we get from parents and athletes on a daily basis. We’re your hosts, Coulton cruise and rusty breath slur and we are the owners of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. All right, now this is an important topic. We’re going back over. Been there. We’ve done it already. This is part two of mental blocks. Uh, this is not going to be, um, the final part. We’re going to be going over this quite a bit, a few more times. Uh, we, we want to kind of break it down. Last time we talked about what a mental block is, a and what a mental block isn’t. And we also went up over a little bit on what a mental block, uh, how mental blocks starts.
Absolutely. I’m like everything else. Um, our industry is always growing. Jenks Tumbling Lessons is always changing, tumbling technique, drills, uh, equipment, things like that. So a lot of the stuff we’ve touched on in podcasts before, we’re probably going to be touching back on eventually down the line, especially as we continue to do these, but mental blocks, um, especially getting new kids in the gym all the time. We’re getting to meet new kids, a new kids with mental blocks. I’m coming from different gyms, different states even. So getting kids that are coached different ways. So trying to work with them, the justice way of trying to push them through. Uh, and that’s kind of what we’re going to be going over in this one is touching base on some things because especially with new experiences with some kids coming into the gym, um, some things that cause mental blocks. And then we really want to go over the justice method of how we try to push athletes through mental
and, and to keep athletes from getting mental blocks
falling right back into it. Yeah, you do it right. You should be done with that mental block and never go back to. Yeah. Um, so we, we get a lot of athletes from Missouri, believe it or not, which is crazy. So I had an athlete come from Joplin. Um, she’s an all star cheerleader. They only have up to level three, I think at their gym. Um, so she came in and working with her, she did have a mental block and talking to her mom, I guess it was, she’s only been sharing for maybe two and a half years, three years, something like that. And within the first three months of her cheer career, she didn’t have a round off. I guess she went from a round off to throwing a full buyer herself. And in three months, so, but that also at that three month mark, she hit a mental block and she’s had a mental block the last two years. Now,
see now whenever we hear that, I think we look, we hear it differently than what you might as the listener. Um, to get a full goat to go from I round off two, you said only around, off. Yeah. Okay. So going from only around off rebound to round off, back handspring, throwing fools by yourself in three months is uh, absolutely insane. Any coach that would push an athlete like that. You’re here. Here’s the thing is that, um, uh, let me think of an example. Uh, if if you were just thrown into a multimillion dollar business without any, uh, expertise or experience on running a business, that business is going to come [inaudible] yeah, it’s going to collapse. It’s a, it’s the same thing like a car. You throw a 13 year old in a car and put them on a one 69 or you know, whatever highway it’s, it becomes very, very, very dangerous.
And that’s this. We use the term master a lot like mastering skills. I can promise you in three months if you were just rushing through skills, you didn’t have time to master anything. And that’s what it came down to when I was working with this girl. We were literally working, disconnecting, backhand, spring series, backhand springs,
walking on backhand springs, but has quote around off, I can spring full.
So yeah, I’m talking to the mother. Um, I think we do things differently. So like the mother said it was awesome. She went from three months. I was like, Eh, not, not so much from my point of view. Cause then she’s right back here and that’s what she explained. She was like, well she was really competitive with a friend. She wanted to be made sure she was better than that friend. And like I told the athlete, I was like, well you got better than that friend Nat in those three months, but as your friend better than you know. Absolutely. Cause she followed more progression. Yeah.
Well if you, if you listen back to our third podcast, you’ll have to scroll all the way down to the bottom of our page. Um, it’s called progressions. And in that podcast, rusty and I break down our theories. Actually, I wouldn’t call them theories. I would say they’re fact. There’s nothing. I’m not, there’s nothing country controversial about it. Um, you have to build your house with confidence. And, and when we say build a house, we’re talking about, um, the different levels. You have the concrete, the foundation, and that is the bay. That’s, those are the basics. Okay. If you have strong basics, your foundation will never crack. It will never, it will never get washed away. It will always be there. And then the walls is a competence and making sure that you’re able to throw this on your own. You’re gaining confidence, but you’re also trusting your coach.
And then at the very, very top, the the roof throwing that skill by herself. So, um, whenever you know you how you build this house properly with progressions, then you take a fall, you slip and, and we, we called a w we were like, it was saying it was a tornado. You know, you fall, it’s, it’s like you have that insurance on your house, you’re going to be able to rebuild it really, really quickly versus if you just rush through this stuff, it never really settles. It never actually gets completed. It’s just a house with some fancy walls and, and a nice roof. But the, the foundation has some serious problems.
So I think that’s a big one on things that cause mental blocks. His kids don’t really think of it that way because kids just want to get to the next scale. So they don’t really see that as something that could actually have caused a block. Um, so I’m pushing through it, uh, the way we do things that justice tumbling. I’ve been working with, I’ve always worked with mental blocks. At one point in time in my private career, like 90% of my clients were mental block Jenks Tumbling Lessons kids. So I got a lot of work with the mental blocks. One thing kids need to understand is it’s like, it’s not a disease. It’s not something that they’re, they’re not weird. They’re not, not on the out there on their own. There’s a lot of people that deal with it. Um, and look, have a look at it as more of a challenge than like a problem. Yes. It’s, nobody likes being in a mental block, but pushed through it. Be Diligent. And when you get out of it, you feel so great.
And then once you do come out of it, then you have that confidence built up that, uh, you know that you’ve defeated it and, and you will never let it stop you again. Don’t ever let it slow you down again. Once you defeat it. Uh, keep pushing forward no matter what.
It’s like tryouts. Don’t just practice real hard for tryouts. And then not, same thing for mental block. Don’t push real hard to get out of a mental block. And as soon as you do, if you were doing like two, three times a week to get out of that block and then you’re like, yeah, I’m just going to go once every other week, now you’re more likely to slip back into that. Uh, a big part of one thing, I’m justice, the way we do mental blocks is if a kid understands the ins and outs of tumbling of whatever skill they’re working on, whatever skill they’re blocking on, um, it’s kind of hard to be scared of it. It’s kind of hard to have a block. Uh, so a lot of times when kids are having blocks now, I asked them to explain whatever skill as if I was, if they were the coach and I was in new athlete and a lot of the times kids can’t explain it.
So yes, if you don’t know what your exactly your body is supposed to be doing, you’re just like, all right, I just kind of rebound, rebounding, get to my hands. There’s a lot that goes into it more than that. So like really breaking it down almost like we said, we want our rec program to be more of a like a school program, almost like a really structured program. That’s why we want it is so kids can look through. That’s why we’re writing the book so people can have that book kind of like a work curriculum to go work through it and you know the skill that goes into detail on those skills. So explaining that because I had a novice costs of eight kids and I just pulled them all in and these are novice kids who haven’t even been tumbling that long, who probably, this is their first year of Tom Lee and I asked just, hey, does anybody know what mental blocks are?
And everybody said yes. Two of them raised their hand and was like, I have a mental block. I was like, no, you do not. I let you, you haven’t been tumbling along enough to have a mental block. I was like, have you ever fallen? Have any no, you haven’t. Nothing. So it’s just, we talked about that in the first podcast. Mental Block has become such a common term now, right? That, oh, if a kid had a bad time lane day, I have a mental block now. Oh God, I tripped on a round off ones. I have a mental block now.
I mean it’s, it’s, it’s almost like a virus. One kid gets it in the gym, not in our gym. We have yet to ask for that to happen. Uh, but one kid gets it in a gym and then it’s like everybody else around it sees it and says, oh, well I must, I must have a mental block too because I’m scared there. There’s a very clear definition difference between afraid and Ben just being, being afraid. And then, uh, having a mental block. Um, I think that a mental block is an actual thing that is happening inside your head that is, uh, putting a stop in your brain where you, you can’t even function pass a certain point. Fear is nothing like that. You can fight through fear. You can beat fear. Um, I know for a fact that there is a club of people who are mountain climbers who are deathly afraid of heights, but they, it’s, it’s not a mental block.
They just keep going. They just keep pushing through it. They don’t look down. They make sure that they do everything properly so that they don’t have anything to fear. So in the way we work at, at justice is that if you have a mental block or if you have fear, our technique that we teach that we teach you, we’ll replace that fear. It should give you that confidence so that that fear goes away. So you have to really, really focus on the technique. Like rusty said, you have to know what that skill is all about. Um, because if you are, if you are doing it improperly, if you are executing and properly it’s gonna, it’s gonna be terrifying some of the times. Sometimes I see kids try things. I would never try it that way because I would die.
Like mumbling is very, yeah, that’s why we sit here and give you the tools. But if you, like I said, if we move away and then you don’t use the tools we’ve given you, you try to use your own, your own idea of what you think the skills should be, can get kind of scary. Tumbling is scary. It’s hard. That’s why it’s not for everybody. If it was easy, everybody would be flipping around down the street. But no, it’s a select few that like can really master skills and do skills beautifully. So we want injustice tumbling the word mental block not to be thrown around as much as it is a real thing for certain people. But it is not, it should not just be a common term, just thrown around very lightly.
Right. It’s like the term OCD. Like everybody says, Oh, I’m OCD, I’m OCD. Well, I mean, OCD is an actual clinical term that is used to be, you have to be diagnosed with it, you know? And so, uh, we don’t, it’s, it’s the same thing with mental blocks. If we tell you, okay, you’re going through a mental block, then that’s exactly what you’re going through. But don’t self diagnose. Don’t sit there. Tell people that you have a mental block. Don’t tell your parents and parents, don’t tell the coaches, my daughter has a mental block because I guarantee you it’s most of the time it’s not. If it is a mental block, it’s something that is very, very, very hard to work through. Um, and there’ve been so many times where I have a kid come in, they’re like, I have a mental block. Um, but then once I just give them a little bit of boost of confidence, they’re throwing it by themselves every time. So
it’s not a competence as a big factor. And, and confidence comes from Jenks Tumbling Lessons knowledge. The more you know, the more confidence you can have. It’s right. So listen to the podcast. That’s why almost every skill we go into detail on at least a podcast on something where we go into detail on that skill. Um, we’re always open to talk to them. Like we tell people, if you’re not understanding something, ask us. We can explain it a hundred different ways. If the way we are explaining it, you don’t understand the way we explained it in the podcast, you don’t understand, let us know. We need to hear that. We want to be able to help everybody. We want everybody to get through their mental blocks, cause mental blocks are not fun. It puts stress on the kids. Once tumbling is stressful, it’s not fun anymore. You’re digging a deeper hole for that supposedly mental block.
Well, and here’s the thing is that we, we charge $85 for our basic membership. That’s one class per per week. Um, and then $10 for open gyms. These podcasts are completely free. We’ve spent, uh, so we just did our hundreds of podcasts, so that’s exciting. Um, but we’ve spent over a thousand minutes doing these podcasts and we don’t get paid to do the podcast. Nobody pays it for this. So this is another tool that you can go out there and use and, and um, listen to them. And it’s like countless amount of hours where we’re giving you free advice, free information. So, so use it cause we, we uh, we think that it’s gonna make a difference. We know it will.
Absolutely. If you are coming in more than once a week with learning the drills, the technique and the knowledge of the skills, you are going home doing the homework we give you diligently and you are listening to the podcast and when we have the book out you’re using the workbook. There’s really no reason block should be in our gym at all or if it is, it should only be for a short period of time or you should be going through progressions very quickly. And I will say that about our rec program is one thing I’ve noticed more so than any gym I’ve worked at is kids are not getting stuck in their classes. We are having to work and open new classes cause we have so many kids moving out of novice and intermediate, moving out of intermediate and advanced. I’m moving from advanced style eat, which is awesome. But that’s how tumbling is supposed to be. You. If you are following what we are teaching, it will work. That will, it’s like sometimes those kids don’t want to listen. It’s like banging our head against the wall.
In our book. Um, there’s a section where I constantly bring up our proven method. It is, it is proven that it is, like we said, tumbling fact, it is unchanging. It is solid. There’s there, there may be changes in drills that we make throughout the, you know, there might, they might come out with an unawesome new, like a piece of equipment that, that we don’t have now. So that might change things. But as far as straight arms, straight legs, arms by your ears, that will never change. Two plus two is always four, no matter what. And arms by your ears is always the best proper technique for backhand springs, uh, setting for, for a Tux, layouts and fools. Um, so just keep that in mind that whenever we tell you these things, it’s, we’re not just blowing smoke. W I promise you this is the proven path to success.
Yes. And the last thing, I’m mental blocks and layers would be, I’m sure we’re going to be doing another one on it. Um, we’ve told kids, right? Use a journal, auto million journal, right. Right out. If you do have a mental block where you think you, even if you don’t have a mental block and you’d think you do right out when that started, why that started. Um, even if it’s not for us, even if nobody sees it, but you getting it out of your head helps a lot
and write down exactly where, where that block is happening. So if it’s a round off and you’re stopping or your round up, back hand, spring stopping, try to write down exactly what’s happening, um, uh, in the round off and what’s supposed to happen in the backhand spring. What you’re supposed to do in your Tuck, um, Eh, put that. Heck, we don’t even have to see it. Just put it up for you someplace for you to put it so you can see it every single day. Um, but anyway, this has been mental blocks, part two with justice tumbling company and a, and we’re excited to see where this takes us, where, who, how many people are listening to this and, and it’s helping. So if this has helped you, if you’re listening to our podcast, please let us know. Uh, we love hearing, um, how, how people are listening to it. So anyway, if you’re interested in finding out more about us, you can check out our website. It’s justice tumbling co.com.
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