Tumbling Tulsa | Necessary Power
Hello and welcome to Tulsa tumbled top with justice tumbling company to be 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. I’m your host Coulton cruise and I am part owner of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My cohost, rusty isn’t able to make it. He is a working very hard and diligently in a private right now. Um, and so, uh, the topic of this podcast is the subject of this podcast is backhand springs one. Tumbling Tulsa, one. Now, do you ever wish that your standing back handspring was better or have you ever wondered why you’re not getting enough power out of your running a rounding roundup, backhand springs? I can tell you I’ve wondered that myself in my own tumbling back in the day. Um, and uh, I really didn’t have an answer.
There wasn’t much descriptive technique in cheerleading back then, but we have that now and so we can kind of tell you exactly what you can do to make your backhand springs better. Now I know that most of our listeners are way past backhand springs, Tumbling Tulsa I still invite you to listen to this podcast because you might get something out of it now, today we’re going to break down a, what is easily the most important skill that you’ll ever learn or relearn if needed. Now, like I said, if you have a double double, um, you, you are probably doing things right in your back hand, spring. But, but, uh, I think that you can stand by me and saying that a backhand spring is something that you’ll always use. Yes, there are whips, but I’m backhand springs never become obsolete. So, um, I’ve got a story about backhand.
Springs were whenever I was a learning them. Um, you know, I, I kind of had the wrong idea. I was thinking, okay, I just need to get my hands to the ground as fast as humanly possible and that was wrong. That was, that was the worst advice I could ever have given myself. Um, and in doing so, you know, the first one I ever tried, I landed straight on my head and my arms were locked out. But whenever you rush your head straight down, um, it’s, there’s not much going for you. Uh, and so what, what did I forget to do? I forgot to jump. I didn’t put enough emphasis on jumping and why jumping is important. Literally, you should think about a back handspring is your feet the ground and then they go back and land on the ground on the other side. It shouldn’t be a part one part two skill where so many people think, okay, Tumbling Tulsa I’m going to jump backwards and let my hands touch the ground and then I’m going to pull my feet over.
And that is working against yourself rather than being proactive and using your jump to get your hips and legs over at the same time. So with that being said, I want you to remember that until you’ve mastered the backhand spring and you can gain power and speed and momentum from throwing that back hand spring, there’s really no reason not to take a step back and work on that foundation work to improve your tumbling. Besides, you never know your backhand spring. Maybe the one thing holding you back from sticking that full or double or layout or whatever it is you’re working on and throwing it without a spot. And this just in the prodigal son has returned. It’s rusty brad slur back from working hard and is private. And what better timing a rusty. We’ve been going over. I’m standing back handsprings running back handsprings. Even if you have a skill that’s passed a backhand spring, why it’s important to, Tumbling Tulsa, to maybe take a step back and relearn the backhand spring properly. So now that you’re here, why don’t you tell us what our back hand springs and why an individual may need them?
Yes. Tumbling Tulsa, glad to be here. Sorry, sorry about taking so long on that private. Um, but yes, the backhand spring is very important, very important. The backhand spring is a transitional skill and you might be saying, what is a transitional skill? What does that even mean? It means it takes you from one skill to the next by transitioning your momentum laterally across the floor like that and that when done properly, you should be able to build up momentum with each backing on the spring like we’ve talked about. This is the building block. You’re going to be using a backhand spring for everything, so getting it strong and having that proper backhand spring will open a ton of doors for you as you’re moving onto new skills or trying to gain momentum out of a specialty skill.
Because after a round off, you know there’s only so much that you can do without a backhand spring.
This is true. I’ve always had terrible backing on the springs. That’s why if you watch me do a pass, I tried to put so many specialty passes into one passed where you almost don’t have room for a backhand spring, but that is a terrible habit to get into because you’ll see a lot of level five athletes do that where they focus a lot on running, but then when it comes to do, they’re standing. Their backhand spring technique is not up to par. They’re not getting that extra momentum of running across the floor thought they have to kind of like Colton said, stop, step back and take a look at their backhand spring technique and kind of tweak some things that they’ve either gotten into habits on or gotten a little bit lazy on.
Well, and I know that you and I have both worked with athletes. I’m fixing their standing back handsprings because they were allowed to just kind of skip those steps. They were working on fools or they might have a full, but they can’t throw to standing back handsprings.
This is true and gymnast coming from gymnastics and cheerleading. Gymnast or ways focus less on standing, so that’s usually gms will have very strong, beautiful running tumbling, and they almost have to be that athlete that goes back and really perfects all their standing tumbling. Now Tumbling Tulsa we’re talking about that backhand. Spring is one of the few skills you’ll need for everything and tumbling. So Colton, what is the proper backhand? Spring.
I am so glad you asked. We get a an I cannot reiterate this enough, so you need to start from a standing position with your legs together, arms at your side, any coach that tells you to keep your arms out in front or above your ears to start a backhand spring, ask them why, and I don’t think there’ll be able to give you an answer at all.
For technique purposes, there are no technique purposes for it, especially if you’re going to be a cheerleader. Have you ever caught and watched the cheerleading routine where you’ve seen athletes start with arms by the ears, are in front of them in a backhands, perhaps not. It look a little look a little bit.
It would look. It would look funny that judges might laugh so it makes sure you’re sitting properly into your chair position, which we talked about it before. It’s 90 degrees at your knees and 90 degrees at your waist. Now, as you’re sitting, your arms are swinging, swinging backwards, and you’re jumping off your toes, pushing away from where they were so you can imagine standing in front of a wall. Your toes are the only thing touching it, and as you begin to sit into your proper chair position, which has that 90 degree angles that allows your arms to swing completely and not touch the wall. This is an old old school drill that our coaches used on us and we use it every now and then to help actually tasted it. They hate it. They hate it. It, it freaks them out because they’re like, their nose is almost touching the wall. Tumbling Tulsa
Now Colton, tell me, what is the proper length for a backhand spring? Is it the same for everybody?
No. No, and that’s another good question. Good question. Good question. So, Tumbling Tulsa, the length of your back hand springs should be from the heel of your foot as you’re laying down to the tips of your fingers completely extended by your ears. So that’s where your feet should land from your heel to your fingertips. And then right about where your belly button is, where you should reach for your hands, what you’re saying. If I’m taller, I should have a longer backhand resolutely. And that actually goes for round offs as well. Make sure your round officer long interesting. Now as you jump, it’s important to not blindly throw your head straight down. I told you about my
story earlier. As you drive through your toes, get your hips over your body and your hands are gonna. Make it to the mat anyway. You don’t have to rush them down. I always tell my athletes that gravity is a tumblers, worst enemy. Tumbling Tulsa gravity is not there to help you. You have to work against gravity by jumping, not whipping. And as you reach the ground, your body should be in a slightly curved handstand position with your arms behind your ears, not leaving your head out to look at your hands, but chin slightly tucked towards your chest. You don’t want your head out. You don’t want to physically see your entire hands or arms. You shouldn’t be using your peripheral vision to look up toward your hands, just not whipping your head back. Now, after that comes the most important part, the spring of your backhand spring, you should be shrugging off your shoulders and using your core to snap down and giving you that spring off your fingertips.
And that way you can get the most out of your backhand spring and this, like we said, is definitely the most important part of your backhand spring because that spring is what you would use to get your chest up to be in that proper position to throw the second skill, whether that’s another backhand spring or you’re setting into tucker layout. And then as you finish your backhand spring, you’ll want to make sure that your eyes are up and you’re looking forward and a clean rebound with your arms and your by your ears, unless of course you’re doing another skill or you’re in a routine, Tumbling Tulsa, and there’s choreography to stick and stand like we had talked about in our podcast, the three parts of a skill. Now that’s mostly going into standing back spring. But a lot of that technique still applies when moving from our long round off into a backhand spring.
Correct? Absolutely. A lot of stuff you’ll hear us say, especially when it involves backhand springs, you’ll hear us say arms by ears a lot. I’m covering your ears, garden, your ears. That should be from if you’re doing a round off back handspring in your hurdle, you should be covering your ears and all the way to the rebound out of the back spring. I shouldn’t see any ears. If you can do that, I will be very impressed and I promise you will have a strong back handspring. Absolutely. I think. I think our athletes would say that that’s one of our favorite things to say. His arms by your ears. They agreed all the time, so if you are interested in finding out more about justice tumbling company, Tumbling Tulsa please visit our firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find us on facebook and instagram or if you have a google account, we would love it if you left us and objective Google review to let us know how we’re doing.
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