Episode #56 – That One Skill

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 are your hosts Coulton cruise and rusty breaths slur and we are the owners of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. All right, now today we’re going to be touching base on that one skill. The thing it’s like, it’s like, uh, the girl that got away or something that, you know, the one that just, that, that one skill that just sucked up so much of your time or is sucking up so much of your time. Um,

like if everything else came naturally to you, you got a back handspring, you got series, I’ll talk and then, or it could be tucked and then you just hit that one skill that is taking my, oh my gosh. One school that never got thrown or fully mastered

example is um, me with doubles. Now, whenever I was in, in high school and I was on an all star competitive team, um, it was not something, a lot of, there were not a lot of doubles back then. Like, ah,

if you had a double full, it was amazing. Now it’s like if you’re going to do a level five team, you better.

It was like standing fulls, standing fulls. Uh, you didn’t see a whole lot of them, but when your team had, I’m like, you were it. Um, so I worked my butt off to get this double and it was never a good enough devil to throw in a routine, but I’ve spent so much time and effort on that one skill. Uh, and it wasn’t a waste of my time, but it just, it just sucks. Right.

But if anybody knows Shannon, he’s not going to let you throw anything in routine. That’s true.

That’s true. Back then, we didn’t even know, we didn’t even know that. Like, Oh, working devils and pulls. Like you could tear your ACL. Like I was never right.

They never thought about it. Never even cared. We, yes. Trial and error back in the day. But no. So that one skill, you see it all the time where somebody gets hung up on it and that’s not a bad thing. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Everybody has that. Tulsa Cheerleading, mine was standing full. Everything came pretty naturally to me. Uh, standing full, I landed on my face and side for a good, good year and a half until I actually landed up. But now it’s one of those I’m 30 years old and to condition I’ll just rip out standing fulls.

So what would you say to an athlete who, you know, hasn’t been tumbling very long and there are very, very good athlete but they hit that wall where it’s like, I picked up everything else super quick and now I, I can’t do this and I suck. I hate life and I’m just a terrible tumbler. Um, even though you’ve only been tumbling for a few months, like

I would tell about off the debris, like, look, look back at your tumbling careers. Some people have spent years, years and like you never get to even get that skill. So the, some of the skills that athlete may already have. So I’m definitely don’t take any skill that you have for granted because especially as you get older and you can’t tumble or throw all your skills, it’s a can be a little depressing. So don’t ever take anything you’re doing for granted. Right?

Rusty always says, ah, any skill I teach I can do. And when he says that, like I, it makes me so mad because, because I used like, I used to, anytime he would tumble I’d be like, Oh, I’ve got a full table, let me throw my fall. And uh, and now it’s like pain.

That’ll be interesting to see how many years I can say that. Eventually I’ll s sure. That’ll slowly stop being in my little speech. And when I’m meeting kids for the first time,

I can tell you with confidence that every time you tumbled, I don’t wish that you’d break your neck again. Just kidding.

Um, but that one skill, so don’t get hung up. I could tell that athlete, it’s, it’s something that every athlete struggles with. Do you see it a lot with standing tux and girls start with struggling with standing tux. Um, standing taxes, uh, takes a lot of techniques, a lot of conditioning and just a lot of mental strength. The willingness to take a few bus to stay in it, even if it feels like you’re loaded. Right.

You know, and, and some not all athletes or even like this, like there are some athletes that struggle with every single skill, but they stay in the game, Tulsa Cheerleading, in our Tulsa tumbling classes. You know, you’re not having to worry about judgment or have to worry about, um, you know, stress. And so they’re here and they’re working diligently and they’re, they’re working hard to get those skills, but, um, it doesn’t come naturally for everybody. And so, you know, if you’re one of those athletes that you’ve picked up everything super easy, take confidence in that, that you are, that you’re a natural athlete. Um, and this one skill is just like a full, like if you, if you get everything from a standing back hand spring to working layouts and, and now working fulls in under a year, a humble yourself because you’re, you’re doing fine compared to, I’d say at least not 80 or 90% of all the other athletes.

The good example of that is our preschool and beginner coach, Hannah, Hannah Brown. Tulsa Cheerleading, I coached her for years, she had a full, um, but anytime it came to moving away from it, she would just freak out and never throw it until literally like the week she quit cheerleading once she quit cheerleading and it wasn’t stress anymore and she just came into tumble for fun. She, after five, six years through it by herself and till this day she can still just throw a full without a spot, which is pretty impressive.

Yeah. And, and I mean it, it takes, it takes that time and, and it might just be one day that you’re, you just get it and it clicks, but don’t expect that data. Com you just to keep working, keep going, keep going. Um, and if you have something weird that’s happening in your, in like year round off of your backhand spring, don’t be afraid to go back because that round off or that backhand spring could be the very reason why you’re not landing, you’re full. If you’re focusing on that full so much from the time you take off that you’re forgetting about the small techniques on all the other stuff that you’re doing in front of it, it’s, it’s not going to turn out very well. Absolutely. Yeah.

And, and never compare yourself to another tumbler of all so-and-so got this skill. You don’t waste time. So I need to, I’m expected to get that. That’s not how it works. Everybody’s different. Some people put that grind in and the hours in

rusty could eat like six pizzas and, um, not gain a pound and most unhealthy, pretty cool. Colton here, uh, could, uh, eat like two pieces and blow up. Like that’s just how it works with me. So I mean, I, and that’s every aspect of life. You can’t compare yourself to other people. Tulsa Cheerleading, especially in tumbling. Rusty was one where he did have to take a lot of bus to get there, but he was a much more natural athlete than I was whenever it came to tumbling. Um, and, and you know where, and I’ve said it before where rusty kinda is rusty. Um, I may, I can do things better than him and other aspects and, and that’s, that’s fine. That’s part of a humanity. Yeah.

Know your strengths. Know I am not a coed stutter. I used to do coeds done privates and that not worth it. Like it’s not fun for me and my body dies.

You can still find them at our stunt are not classes on Saturdays. Uh, but he’ll be working with the group study. I will be back spotting in the group setting. I love back spotter. He talks about how the tumbling kinda hurts your body, but whenever he stunts, like he, you know, he’s hurting.

I can do 13 hours of tumbling privates and be fine the next day, but I could do a 30 minutes down private with maybe a 90 pounds and I will still be hurting more than those 13 hours of total depravity. Yeah. Not Good. But so that one skill, uh, it’s good to have that one skill though. It, it’s good to have a challenge. Every athlete should have that. I wouldn’t want an athlete, Thomas, just have everything come naturally to them.

Well, whenever you know that you’re having a hard time with something, Tulsa Cheerleading, he and, and no matter how long it takes, you’re discovering things about yourself. You, you’re getting in so much, uh, experience with the falls that you take or, or the, you know, like a full, for instance, you might be landing three quarters of the way around and then you’re like, okay, now I know I got, I got, let me get another inch. Let me get another engine and get, get a little bit more of to where I’m more square to the front. That is experience that you cannot learn by getting a bunch of skills. You have to take that time and figure out your body and what it’s doing wrong and what is doing right and how you can change it. Um, no your body and know the experience that you have.

Absolutely. And sometimes all it takes us to get over that, that little speed bump. I remember having an, uh, one of our school athletes, um, I worked with her for years. She had a beautiful technique, powerful backhand spring, but same thing. Anytime I moved away she just would not throw it. And us being coaches on progressions, we can’t really move on until you get that. We let her do drills for other stuff to kind of get her excited. Um, but I always told her that as soon as she got that backhand spring, I knew she would progress on to other things fast. And sure enough, as soon as she got that two came the very next week and then moved on to Tucks, the TUC came naturally. It, whatever that one thing is, once you get past that, like you will feel more gratification like cause you did work so hard for that. And then once you get past that, everything else after that should feel easy. Yep.

You know it comes down to your attitude towards that skill. If you hate that skill, like layouts, that happens all the time. If you hate it, you don’t want to work it like it’s, it’s not, you’re not going to see that progress. But if, if that layout is that one skill that you’ve worked your butt off on and you just can’t seem to get it right, then they’re like Ross, he said there’s no harm, no foul in stepping back and working your set again on your Tux or working some drills where you’re not actually throwing your tumbling on hard floor or spring floor, but you’re just working with mats, working with withdrawals that we set up to perfect it. Nothing wrong with that at all. So if you are interested in finding out more about us justice 10 million company and you want us to help you get through that one skill, you can check us out on our, not our youtube. I don’t know why, as I said that, that I don’t know where that came from on our website. That’s justice tumbling co.com we should start a youtube though. I’ll have to look into that or

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