Tumbling Tulsa | Specialty Progressions
Hello and welcome to Tulsa tumbled talk with justice tumbling company, the one and only Tulsa tumbling show where we are 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 breadth, and we are the owners of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And today’s topic of our podcast is specialty passes and specialty progressions and that’s everything from backhand spring step outs to Arabian step out. Tumbling Tulsa we’ll even talk about a weird thing known as an unknown or what in a note it sounds like a little creature that you’d find hiding underneath your house or something for the skill I love that you don’t see too often, but it’s very creative. You’re going to have to excuse my host, my cohost here. He’s a little under the weather, a little nosy nasally, so it may get a little hard to understand them at points.
Uh, but we’ll push there. We got it. So rusty, what exactly is a specialty pass as specialty paths? It’s a, it’s any path that isn’t taught through traditional skill progressions or it’s a transitional skill that adds difficulty and flare to a tumbling path. And if you would look back onto our podcast, I’m on progressions. It’s that front door that we talked about when building a house. It kind of adds a, makes it your own and make sets you apart from other tumblers. Tumbling Tulsa today we are going to go over the three things you need to know about each specialty skill and that is what it is when to start working it and how to start working at now. Back when we were growing up, especially at skills were actually pretty rare. If you were an elite tumbler, then you did have your own specialty skill.
Um, but it wasn’t anything like it is today. Nowadays. Everybody has a specialty pass and that’s why we’re going over it today to make sure that you’re able to find your own path and make it yours. And we’re going to start today with backhand spring step out. So number one, what that is, is in the middle of a backhand spring, stepping out with your lead leg and usually going immediately into a round off, but not always because I’m, that is illegal now. And allstars tumbling. Now when you say lead leg, what is your lead leg? That is a very good question. Um, if you round off with your left leg, you hurdle with your left leg, then that is your lead leg. If you hurdle with your right leg, then that is your lead leg. So if I was stepping out of a backhand spring, which leg, if I’m a righty and around, off, Tumbling Tulsa if I round off right, which leg do I step down for?
A back handspring, step out. You’ll step into it with your left leg if you round off with your left leg. Tumbling Tulsa that’s because whenever you turn, now that left leg is immediately in front and you’re able to go into a round off immediately after that step out. So you’ll hear us talk a lot about that lead leg. So it is important to remember what yours is. So number two, when you start working on that skill is whenever you have a clean and consistent series of backhand springs and like Colton third, it used to be red start working that a level two, but they just recently made that to, were to step out in the school. You have to step out feet together before continuing any kind of pass out of it, unfortunately, unfortunately. So number three, the question is how to start working on it. You’ll begin using drills such as handstands, step down, but remembering to bring your chest straight up as to not spend too early, turning on the balls of your feet, only reaching long into your round off and rebounding properly.
Um, it’s important to protect your knees by keeping your legs tight. Tumbling Tulsa like I said, turning on your feet and not your hips to prevent injury. Now, Colton, in your opinion, why do you think it became illegal in all stars? To do the backhand spring step out into a round off? I definitely think that is. It is because of the injuries that were taking place. So many kids come out of that, that backhand spring, step out and then swing straight out to the side instead of up, and then they’re risking, you know, tearing Acl, MCL. Um, and just the injury aspect of it is what I’m thinking. Would you agree with that? Absolutely.
Moving onto our second specialty path or skill is the front walkover or front handspring. Um, there’s two variations. We’re going to go over both variations in the front walk over. You are going to be hurdling and a long handstand while keeping your legs apart from start to finish. The only difference for the front hand spring is when you’re driving your legs over your head, you are going to snap your feet together and instead of landing one foot out of time, you will land both feet out the time with your chest up. Will we rebound after that? Generally you’ll be doing a punch front or some sort of bounding skill out of it. So you always want to have a good rebound. Number two is what you will need to start working the front walk over or front handspring. Um, you will definitely need a clean and consistent handstand, Tumbling Tulsa fall to a bridge without your arms bending or giving out.
It definitely helps if you have a good series to backhand springs already mastered. So when you do your front walk over, you have something to do out of it. If you are a all star athlete in level two is where you would do your front walk over and in level four is where you’ll be doing your most of your front hand springs because you will be doing some sort of bounding skill out of it. You can be, again working front walkovers by using drills like handstand blocks or handstand shrug off your or using an octagon, Tumbling Tulsa, to help support your body while bringing your opposite leg down first to step out into that round off.
Alright rusty. So I’ve got a question for you. Tumbling Tulsa, what is the main issue you see when working these drills with athletes?
Um, when it comes to any other front walkover or a front handspring, they both have pretty much the three main issues. The athletes are either reaching to short out of their hurdle, reaching their hands right by their feet in the front, walk over or front handspring, or they’re trying to bend, push those arms off the ground, or those arms will leave those years, which in every one of our podcasts you’ve almost heard us mention arms by our ears, whether it’s warmups, even in our phones, and you’re going to hear it over and over again. We can’t preach it enough.
Okay, so next is punched front and Punch Front is commonly referred to as a front flip. If you’ve seen a front flip, you know what a punch front is. You’ll need to have a consistent front walk over and front handspring before you start working on that punch front,
and believe it or not, having a strong forward role will help your punch front.
So for level three, you will need a punch front and then level four is when you’ll need a step out and you can begin working on this skill by using drills such as punching up onto a raised matt, but no honesty. This skill is learned by a lot of trial and error. It may be a little scary at first, but once you try it, you’ll find that it’s not that scary at all. Tumbling Tulsa then once you’ve mastered your punch front stick, then you’ll start stepping out with that lead leg to go into a round off.
Nice. Now Colton, I have a two part question for you involving punch friends. Okay. Um, what is our golden rule at justice? Tumbling regarding punch front stick or step out?
Uh, without a doubt. The golden rule for Punch Francaise always absorbed, but you don’t ever want to land with legs locked out because we’ve seen it where kids punch into the mat and then their legs hyperextend. So instead of bending the regular way like your knees, would they been backwards? Yeah, because you don’t want that.
That sounds painful, but it does happen a lot. History when working, punch rent. Tumbling Tulsa, second question, why is it called punch front and what part of the skill are they referring to? When we say print?
So when you hear the word punch for the punch front, they’re not only talking about punching with your arms, but they’re also punching, talking about punching with your, with your toes down so you’ll not only punch down to go up, you’ll also punch up to the ceiling. I usually tell my athletes to start with your fists behind your ponytail and then punch straight up to the ceiling, keeping eyes up, chest up, everything before you punch. And that’s just to maximize your height. The trying to get as much hype as you can before you start to flip. Now, next specialty skill as a whip. A whip is generally explained as a high backhand spring or an arched long layout. To begin whips. You should have a consistent layout before working on your whip ’em and all stars. You would start working whips out level four. Tumbling Tulsa That is a mandatory skill for level four, and you can start training whips by throwing a high backhand springs onto an elevated.
Matt, remember to rebound instead of just rushing that body straight backwards, I liked my whips to make sure you start and land with your chest behind your toes. That way you can stretch that whip as long as possible and keeping the height of that wip at your shoulder to your height. All right, rusty, so I’ve got some questions for you about whips. All right, I’m ready for you yet. So if an athlete is finding that they’re having to drop there, but I’m out of the window so that they can continue on to their backhand springs once a way that they can fix that. Usually if that is happening, it’s usually an ankle issue. We’ve talked about angles a lot in these podcasts as well. Tumbling Tulsa If they are coming out of that whip with their chest in front of their toes, it’s going to be hard for them to get that long snap body over and it’s going to cause you to land chest way in front of those toes, blowing out those ankles and causing all kinds of ankle issue.
Tumbling Tulsa that’s definitely something that we don’t want for any athlete. So now my second question about whips is how should an athlete prepare their bodies to protect themselves? Deering whips. I’m like, we just talked about ankles always seem to be the issue when we’re working with whips. So any kind of ankle conditioning, we kind of went over in one of our podcasts, a calf raises and Shin raises will greatly help take care of that. So we encourage you to do those on your own, um, and at privates or classes, uh, that’s going to help you out a lot. All right, now Colton, I have a quick bonus question for you. Involving whips. You’ve seen me in the gym a lot, working whips. Why would you tell me that I make kids to round off whip more so than backhand spring whips? Well, like you said yourself a, you must have a consistent layout.
So we’ve drilled round off, back handspring layout over and over and over again. So if we’re taking your round off back handspring and telling you to do a whip now, we ended up confusing the athlete because they’re so used to setting high out of their backhand spring. Now we’re telling them to reach back along, so having them work whips right out of the round off helps them understand the difference between a round off whip and a roundup. I can’t spring layout. Does that answer your question? Rusty? Very well said and that’s why I think level four in all star cheer is one of the harder levels to clean up the tumbling because the main school you’ll see as a whip through to lay out, Tumbling Tulsa but a lot of the times it looks like a whip through the whip. So now this next section is going to be about the more advanced specialty skills than previously mentioned.
This is Arabian and step out of Arabian. This is one and a half and step out out of the one and a half and then Bernie and then that weird one a nobody. So starting with an Arabian, it’s a half twisting backtalk and before you start working on Arabians you, it’s really important that you have a clean and consistent punch front and punch front. Step out. Next is our one and a half. It’s pretty self explanatory. It’s a one and a half spin. Going backwards or forwards, I’m to do that, like golden said, for the Arabian, Tumbling Tulsa you have to have the punch drunk. For the one and a half you have to have a pretty consistent high full, and then moving onto brandies that is basically a front half spin or around off with no hands and then to get at brandy, you must have a clean, consistent punched front, round off and Ariel and then next comes the not rusty.
Why don’t you go to touch base on that for us, and a note is a half twisting back spring like we talked about at the start of this podcast. It’s something you don’t see very often. It is a level four skill, but it’s something you never really see competed. It looks creative when done correctly. To do an annuity, you definitely have to have a very strong front handspring and front walk over and then to begin working on these. These skills, it’s imperative that you do work with a coach and the proper equipment to execute these skills safely. Just every one of those advanced skills involves a lot of body control, so having a coach and the equipment is going to be crucial. I’m here on justice tumbling company. We want our tumblers to be very well rounded, not just have one or two specialty passes, trying to master as many specialty passes as you can so you can put almost every one of those specialty passes we talked about into one path and you end up looking like one of the most advanced tumblers evidence, absolutely, and then off into college. That’s, that’s what they’re looking for. Versatile athlete, so make yourself as versatile as you can. If you’re interested in finding out more about justice, tumbling company or myself and rusty, please visit our website justicetumblingco.com, and you can also find us on facebook and instagram or if you have a google account, Tumbling Tulsa we would love it if you left us an objective Google review to let us know how we’re doing.
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