Tumbling Tulsa | Frustrating times
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 fleur, and we are the owners of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And today’s topic of our podcast is all things Tux, both running and standing. If there’s a lot that goes into Tux and we’re going to be touching on a lot of that. We do have with us on the show and Dax Austin Brown color, my son. So if you hear random noises are squeaking, we will try to edit him out, Tumbling Tulsa but he might pop up in there somewhere. How old is Jackson? Nine months now. Nine months. Nine months. He’s getting big. Just trying to move around is going to be squirming and giggling the whole time.
That’s okay though. This is a family company and so this is a family show. Well, so tucks are the most common skill the athletes work on and we say that because I’ve definitely met athletes who have a tack or working techs that don’t even have a backhand spring yet when you meet a lot of boys that have just tumbled for fun a lot of the time they can do Tux and instead of backhand springs and with that being the case, there are more issues that we deal with than any other skill in back tucks. Tumbling Tulsa, and because trampolines make everything easier, most kids will start working on back, tucks in their own backyard before they’re properly taught by a coach. Listen to our podcast about practicing outside of your gym to hear a little bit more about that. And I would say that talks are probably one of the most frustrating skills for kids because there’s that common misconception that the rotation will be the hardest part.
So what athletes tend to do is instead of focusing on the jump and the set, they focus more on throwing their head back and trying to rotate right off the ground. Yes, that becomes a how fast can I get my body over without taking the time to lift through your toes and getting your height before you start that rotation. Tumbling Tulsa back in another podcast that we had talked about, the three parts of every skill you can go back and listen to that and it kind of touches base on what we’re talking about now. And something that I tell athletes continuously is that you’ve been, most likely, if you’re working on texts, you’ve been rotating, I’m almost your entire life of tumbling. Um, whether it’s a forward roll, backward roll, cartwheel round off, back handspring. It’s, it’s all rotating. So you guys are really good at rotating.
It’s, it’s the thing what sets a backward role apart from a standing tech is, or a roundup, I can’t spring tack is that height. So make that difference in the hype. And I had one athlete, individual that comes to mind when I’m thinking about this. Um, she was an all star athlete and she had such a hard time figuring out the technique for Tux. And we worked and worked and worked on it. And then one day in, in a private, I just said something different, Tumbling Tulsa, and I don’t even remember what it, how I explained it differently for is probably something that you said to her 100 times, but just one word could have been done. Right, right. And that’s a visual. Could have been different. Anything. Maybe even the, the floor that we were working on was never. I don’t know any of them breakfast she had, you never know what the kids.
And so she finally got it and whenever I explained it that, that one time to her after that, she nailed it every single time. It was the easiest skill. Once you get it, it’s super easy. I’ll be throwing back tucks hopefully until I’m 60 years old. We’ll see. But it’s one of those skills, once you get it, it’s hard for you to lose. It’s one of those, no matter how tired you are, you can do it. A lot of the time I’m just getting over that Hump and getting over that fear of going for it and busting. Tumbling Tulsa. That’s the hardest hurdle in the standing tux. So it’s important to remember that every skill has three steps and we’ve talked about that before. Like I said, the set, the body position, and then the finish. You cannot skip one step and jump straight to the other.
Now when you do all three of those steps correctly, it’s going to be the easiest thing in the world. If you only do two of those three steps, you’re more than likely gonna land, but you’re gonna have to work really hard for that landing and rusty. I’ve heard rusty say this over and over and over again. Two plus two will always equal four. Those three steps will always equal the good, proper, easy tuck or any skill really whenever you put them together properly. So we know that we have a lot of listeners who are already working on backpacks or already have their back tucks, but Tumbling Tulsa we want to make sure that we’re going over every little piece of it. So maybe there’s one little thing that you haven’t been doing that we can help you with or if you’ve never tumbled before in your life.
Tumbling Tulsa I come and I say, Colton, I have no idea what a tuck even is, where you please explain it to me. Absolutely. A back Tuck is something that we call a finishing skill. It’s, it’s commonly referred to as a backflip. But in the cheer world, you know, we call it back tucks and I finishing skill. What exactly does that mean? That means that it’s a skill that is used after another skill. So, uh, we’ve talked about transitioning skills in the past. This is now I finishing skill. Unless you’re being, you’re being used as a standing skill. There’s no real reason for any coach to ever teach an athlete how to tumble out of a backtuck unless it’s being used as a standing skill. So to answer your question, rusty, a back tuck is a finishing skill, but that’s literally coming up off the ground, pulling your knees and your legs over your head and then landing back on the ground with gesture feet. No hands touching whatsoever.
All right, Colton, now that we know what a Tuck is, what is the proper way of doing a tuck?
I am so glad you asked. Let’s start from standing, um, from a standing position with legs together and arms at your side. Keep your chest upright. Um, so many times I see athletes starting this, this standing skill, and they drop their chest to almost whipped back for the tuck. It’s a very common mistake that we see in kids coming from gymnastics to cheerleading, um, and kids who have only worked on trampolines. Again, try to resist the urge to learn a back tuck on your trampoline, please, please, please. And then as you jump into your set, we want you to hit that perfect rebound, jump that keeps your body as straight up and down as possible. Tumbling Tulsa At the very top of your set, your shoulders will sit back slightly, but only at the top with a slight arch in your back.
Tumbling Tulsa that’s everything pretty much to do in the upper body to start that tuck as you’re sitting, you want to, from that set during explosive motion to your jump through your calf muscles to get your rotation over your head as fast as possible.
And then at the very top of your set, you’ll then begin to drive your knees, Shins, and toes over your head, but you want to remember to keep your knees at that 90 degree angle as it’s going over using all core and only using arms as an afterthought to pull your knees over. You don’t need your arms to pull, Tumbling Tulsa, you only need your abs and core muscles to do as much work as possible. And then let your arms just be the afterthought.
Yes, you want to think of throwing your knees, Shins, and toes over your body rather than throwing your head down to your feet or toes. I mean, we all know athletes that walk in and say, well, I was watching susie’s so-and-so tumble. And she started her talk with her arms up and she’s still landed it. And everybody’s different. You still want to base everything off the same technique. Um, my reset, if you’re in cheerleading, the starting with arms up has no purpose in gymnastics on a balance beam. They tend to start that way and drop their chest in a little bit more of their skills. But we focus on all kinds of tumbling, so when they come in, as long as they’re telling us what we’re working on, um, we can kind of base our technique and skills around that area.
Absolutely. Tumbling Tulsa then for the finish of your BACTEC, make sure that your toes, knees, and chest are all in a straight line and that will provide the best absorb for your body. Your ankles sound going to be so hard for you
in standing especially a resist
that urge of letting go of your knees and reaching to their ground that’s going to cause you to land short on your ankles. And it’s almost physically impossible to land no matter how good the technique is. If you’re kicking out and reaching for that landing, and that’s okay. Really bad habit that that happens. Whenever kids feel one thing wrong, then they automatically go to reach out and then it gets to that habit to where even if there’s nothing wrong, they’re still reaching out, landing on their hands and their knees. So that’s our section on standing back tucks. Now we’re going to go to running back tax. We’re going to still break it down into the three parts and what you need to do, Tumbling Tulsa, for your set, your body positions and your finish. Rusty, will you start us on your set?
Yes. Uh, in our previous podcast where we were going over setting, we kind of went over this a little bit. Once you know the basic of your basics, of your tuck, the rotation, the body positions where your heels and shins need to be, you can pretty much transfer that into your running. I’m like we talked about on spring floor for a set and do a talk on spring floor. You’re going to want to come out at a deeper angle with your chest in front of the toes. That way, that spring dips and shoots you straight up and down looking for that set for hard floor, you’re going to want to have more of that set already straight on top of you as your toes are leaving the ground. That way you don’t get Shin splints or anything like that on the hard floor. Tumbling Tulsa That never feels good. No murders. That’s tucks are ankle killers on the takeoff and landing. And so trying to get it as close to perfect as you can is when you’re going to feel it the least,
especially on a hard floor. That’s why it’s so important to warm up properly and stretch properly. Now, as you’re in the middle of your Tuck, your setting, you’re pulling your knees over. It’s very similar to what we were talking about in the standing. We want to make sure that your knees are at that 45. I’m sorry, rewind that. You need to make sure that your knees are at that 90 degree angle so that you’re able to not be kicking yourself in the butt. That’s. Tumbling Tulsa that’s why we always bring up the 90 degree angles because whenever you’re in heels are kicking at your, but you’re actually not rotating at all.
It tends to make kids land on all fours or just straight to me as if they’re doing the text. It’s pretty easy to point out. Um, we’ve gone over those standing, running with the basics of tax. There are other skills like standing one to Tux, cartwheeled Tux. I’ve becoming a big skill for school cheer. Tumbling Tulsa, once you know the basics of your tech, adding it into any skill like that should be about the same. There’ll be little changes here and there, but keep your basics for your tech the same. Like I said, every athlete is different, but you still want to try to have those basics of getting that flip over the same because the tighter you are on the ball, the tighter you are going to rotate.
Absolutely. Um, now I, I’ve used this analogy before with my athletes were if you spin a baseball, it’s going to spend really, really fast. But if you spend that baseball bat and you’re trying to flip the baseball bat in the air, it’s going to rotate really slow. So like, like rusty said, the tighter that you can be, the faster and easier it’s going to be for you to get over. Now, Colton, we went over a lot of information in this podcast involving cooks. Tumbling Tulsa, one thing we didn’t touch about, and I’m going to ask if during the flip, when I do my grab, when I pull, where should I pull from? Where should my hands go? Actually get asked this question a lot from athletes, um, and I’ve always told them that it is preference as long as if you’re grabbing the tops of your knees, you’re not actually pulling your heels to your butt and you’re able to keep that, that 90 degree angle that we talked about earlier so you can, some people grab on top of their knees, but if you’re sweaty or in the middle of your fifth full out, you can easily slip off those news causing you to almost reach further ground.
Same in the other extreme. I’ve seen it go the opposite direction and people grab literally on their butt grabbing your butt. Not going to do anything for your rotation. It’s going to be an awkward arm grab. Um, I prefer underneath because you can get a little bit of a better grip if. I mean, if you can do an open tuck, that’s great. It’s great conditioning for standing full. So start training yourself to use your core more than your grab anyways. Tumbling Tulsa And you should know your body. We’ve talked about that in other podcasts and resting or I would never tell a kid, okay, you’re okay. You’re grabbing on tops of your knees. You need to grab underneath your knees like we would never tell you that unless that there is a problem where you’re pulling too tight and it’s pulling your, your heels into your butt or if you’re grab is the one reason you’re not landing or Tuck, then yeah, we should probably change up your grab.
Try something different. There are different ways to do it, like every thing. There’s different ways to skin a cat. That goes into a lot of the skills and tumbling to into your tumbling specifically though because every kid is different. Now, Tumbling Tulsa last but not least on our running back Tuck, we’re talking about the finish. It’s what we’ve talked about over and over and over again, making sure that your toes and your knees are in line with your chest and that you’re providing the best absorb for your body. Trying to perfect that stick and stand that your all star or school coach will weren’t. Absolutely. Now, if you’re interested in finding out more about justice, tumbling company or rusty and I, please visit our website that justice tumbling [inaudible] dot com, or you can also find us on facebook and instagram and if you have a google account, we would love it if you left us in a objective Google review to let us know how we’re doing. We’ll see you next time on Tulsa tumbled. Talk with