Episode #74 – Tumble Straight!

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 breaths slur. And we are the owners of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. All right, so today’s podcast, we’re going to go over tumbling straight. Tulsa tumbling lessons, that’s a big one is a big one. It is a big one. Let’s, let’s do a little reenactment real quick. A rusty, I just tumbled and I came off the line. Um, you got, you got to ask me a question. What are you gonna ask me?

Has anybody ever told you you’re, you’re tumbling is a little crooked.

Yeah. But whenever they do, they just tell me to tumble straight.

So, so you don’t know what it is that’s causing you to go off that line? Yeah, I’m not tumbling straight. Well, that’s what we’re here to go over today. There’s a lot that go into it. And a lot of it is this pointed back to the basics back to the warm ups that we normally do. Um, tumbling straight is a big issue. Uh, especially if you’re a tumbling with somebody, you want to stay in your own lane, you do not want to collide during tumbling. I’ve seen it happen. It’s the worst thing in the world.

It’s like a car wreck. So here’s the thing, it doesn’t matter if you’re doing round off, back handsprings or round off, back handspring fulls or with whip devils. Um, we’ve seen where kids tumble crooked and they can’t control it. They don’t know how to control it. And most of the time they’re coaches don’t know either. So we’re here to tell you why that happens and how to fix it.

And it’s something that if it’s not addressed, as soon as it happens, it becomes a habit and it becomes a habit that is very, very hard to fix. And it’s, it can be something as little as foot or hand placement. But once it has been that ingrained into an athlete, it’s really hard to have an athlete just step back and rework hurdles and round off. Yeah. Yeah.

We, we use our phones a lot. If you’ve been in our gym, you know that we record in slow motion all the time. It’s a great tool for us to use. And um, a lot of times whenever kids are tumbling crooked, we’ll record them like head on or from the back and they don’t even know what’s happening with their feet or their hands when it’s happening. So, um, first let’s start with feet. So on the hurdle, if you are tumbling crooked, so say you heard it with your right leg, Tulsa tumbling lessons, it happens where kids will hurdle up and they’ll cross that right leg over their left leg. Um, and like I said, don’t, don’t realize they’re doing it. And then immediately it pushes them onto the left side of the line and then their arms immediately go to the side of the line and then they start in that one direction.

It throws them off center. Yeah, that’s one of the major ones that is really easy to identify. Um, there’s maybe like four or five things that’ll cause you to go sideways in that round off. And that’s a big one and it’s always really easy to see. Um, it might be so natural for an athlete, they don’t even feel it. But once you get off center, it’s really hard to build up power and momentum when you’re off balance.

So we’ll, we’re going to keep using the the right hurdle. Tulsa tumbling lessons, example. Obviously if it’s your left, if you heard a left, then you’ll just think of the opposite leg. There’s also instances where an athlete will hurdle with their right leg and their right leg will actually go to the line and it’ll be straight, but their left leg that goes behind them kicks off to the side, um, kicks off to the right and that will cause them to go more of the left direction off the line.

So for those athletes who do have that issue, um, it’s easy to put them on the line and have them do cartwheels, really drill cartwheels, have them start with their knee a fall into a lunge, kick into a cartwheel around, off. I’m really emphasizing that following the line, like a balance beam. Um, but you’re not always going to have a line. You’re going to be doing corner tumbling where you as an athlete, you have to get, I’m so trained that in your muscle memory that when you don’t have a line, you’re still stretching everything out, following as if there were alive.

Absolutely focusing on that corner that you’re tumbling to. Or if you’re in a routine, you know, there’s going to most likely be someone standing at that corner focus and visualize and that’s the direction you’re going. Um,

so that’s one of the easier fixes. Seeing the somebody kicking off the line dramatically. It’s pretty easy to spot. Yeah. Tulsa tumbling lessons, there’s little things such as literally just for, even if you’re going on the line, so out of their hurdle going foot, foot, hand, hand on the line with just your, the angle of your foot. If your foot, your toes are directed in the wrong direction, not directed forward, it can cause you to go off that line. It can be not be a dramatic off the line, like that first issue where you’re swinging your leg off the line. But the toad, you’re generally going to follow the directions of your toe. So if you’re doing everything right but your toe direction, especially on that front leg is pointed out to the side and either either side, it’s going to cause you to go off that center.

And so whenever we’re working with athletes, we always make, if there’s not a line there, we always make sure that the athlete understands that that toe is like, it’s like shooting a water gun. Wherever you point the water gun, that’s where you’re going to shoot. Um, and same thing with your toe. Whenever, where you point that toe, that’s the direction you’re going to go. And like ass said, it’s whenever it’s just a toe direction, it’s a little slight. Uh, it’s a slider lighter, less, less of a, uh, of a drastic turn off the line. But it’s, it still is enough to make a difference.

Yes. Cause it’s not, it’s not easy to see. And sometimes they, I don’t even feel this where they’re doing everything straight, but it uses zoom in and literally video, nothing but their feet. Yeah. You will see their toe. It almost looks like their ankles breaking. It’s really wild looking.

Think of it like a, like a wheel on a motorcycle. Whenever that wheel turns that direction, that’s where it’s going to go. Uh, your foot is the same way. Now we went over the ways that your lower body, your legs, your feet, um, will change the direction and make you not tumble straight. But, uh, we haven’t gone over arms yet. So that’s, that’s another big thing. Whenever you hurdle, um, like, like we’re using our example hurdling with your right leg, then your left arm should then go on top, more like a tea, um, with your right arm making like the bottom part of the tea. Tulsa tumbling lessons, so whenever we’re tumbling on a straight line, we can get into detail with our SLO, mo video and zoom in. And most of the time if it’s not legs, it’s then that that bottom hand is reaching for the line and it’s staying on the line and then the top hand, which makes the top of the tee, then overreaches.

So if you’re not reaching for the line and you’re going over the line, that’s like, like the wheel on the motorcycle, like we said, you are now going the direction that your arm is pulling you. So imagine that you’re standing on the line, you’re hurdling, then you’re reaching out with your, if you, if you tumble with your right leg, then it’s your left arm. But if you tumble with your left leg, then it’s your right arm that is our top hand that makes the top of the t and that should always stay on that line.

Yes, you’ll see that a lot where one hand is on the line but that that second hand that goes down overreaches way off to the side. So no matter how perfect those legs are, the hand is going to direct you where you’re going. I’m like, Colton said that those hands should almost be whether you’re right or left. There will always be one hand that’s like a handstand hand and one that’s kind of like a cartwheel hand almost creating that like power t to block off those hands. Tulsa tumbling lessons, those are the round offs we’re looking for. We’ve kind of, we’ve done a podcast over nothing about round offs. Round offs are supposed to be long. Um, when you stretch out your round off, you tend to stay on the line a lot more without even trying. But doing all those basics and warmups with arms by years, going and do a lever, reaching along, following the lines in warmups. It’s her kids always want to warm up on spaces. Yeah. That’s why we warm up on lines a lot of the time, unless people just have super ghetto mats. And then we go spaces

and there was even a school that we work with that we put a, we found an extra piece of velcro tape and we put tape from one corner to the other and all the girls complained because it was showing them that they’re, they’re not tumbling straight and so they didn’t like it. Um, but if, if you, if it’s uncomfortable to, to show that you’re not tumbling on the line, then it’s something that you need to fix is something we need to work on. And it’s, it’s something that almost every, not every kid, but a lot of kids need to work on. Um, not everybody tumble straight.

Yeah. So round off is something that we talked about. It needs to be trained constantly. Um, gymnast, world, Rural Gymnast, train there at round offs daily. Um, because it’s easy for your ankle to slightly turn out or your hand is slightly go off the line. Um, so always correcting that. Trying to be a perfectionist as much as you can on the basics of the hand placement. Um, that way you don’t run into any issues down the line.

Yeah. So we talked about feet and how that can make you tumble crooked. We talked about hands, Tulsa tumbling lessons, but a really, really simple one that, um, if it’s neither of those, it could just be where you’re looking. So many athletes and tumbling should never be, we should never look down ever in our tumbling, um, whether it’s handstands or coming out of round offs in our rebounds looking down. We don’t, we don’t want that in our technique. Um, it’s the same way with going into our round offs. Your eyes should be up looking at the direction that you’re going with arms to your ears still yet, but not looking down because if you’re looking down, you’re gonna, it’s, it’s really easy to lose track of, of the direction you’re going. If there’s no line. So it makes sure you’re going to cause you to reach really, really, really low. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. So keep those eyes up. Um, and uh, keep those toes pointed straight. Keep that, that hand in line with the bottom part of the tea. Don’t overreach it. Um, and there you go. That’s how, that’s how you tumble straight and we’d love for you to come in, work with us and if you’re having issues with that, we will help you.

If you’ve been tumbling off the side and you’re still getting skills, that’s great. You can get skills, you still can, but still take the time to go back and really try to straighten out that round.

I think that’s probably the most difficult part for athletes who have, who have used that round off for so long. Tulsa tumbling lessons, because no one ever told them anything different. And then they’re, you know, working on layouts or something and we’re telling them, ah, you might want to go back and fix their picture, your air round off. We’ll start by doing cartwheels. And then they’re like insulted by that. Uh, so it, it does take, um, some determination. Um, so make sure that you are, you’re willing to do that because that will make you a better tumbler if you’re interested in finding out more about us though. Breastfeeding, Colton, Colton, and rusty, the, uh, the tumble ruskies the flipper. Ruskies you can check out our website. It’s just this tumbling co.com. Or

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