As you probably know by now, every fancy tumbling skill you see is basically made up of little pieces — shapes and movements which are woven together to produce a masterpiece (hopefully).
And by working each “piece” separately to perfection, you end up with a perfect skill. But that can take time. Which is why I love coming up with drills which help my athletes improve multiple “pieces” of their skill all in one go!
Case in point, the 2-in-1 set up you see below. I call it: What Goes Up, Must Come Down.
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Basically, don't be foolish and use common sense.
Here’s Why It’s Awesome
1) Forces High, Explosive Handsprings
Now you might think “Wait a minute! I thought BHS were supposed to be LONG and LOW?”
Well, if what you want your BHS to do is set you up for an end skill then yes, they should absolutely be as long and low as possible. This will allow your feet to hit that negative angle, shooting you straight up into the sky for whatever end skill your heart desires.
But, if your goal is to do a standing pass and actually generate some power from nothing (i.e no Round Off) then having a “higher” or slightly “loopy” initial BHS is ideal. And this should come from driving your hips as high as possible, which you’ll see my athlete doing.
2) Forces Round Off Power Development
Anyone can run down half the floor in order to have sufficient speed and momentum for their Round Off. But generating power from just a small hop takes some serious work into having a strong hurdle, needle kick and snap-down. This is what the 2nd part of the drill is doing.
Note: In the animation above, I would’ve liked my athlete to have a longer more powerful hurdle. Be sure to apply this correction for yourself.
Initially I’d recommend just doing the RO from the standing BHS hop so you can get used to it. Once you’ve gotten comfortable, you can not only add a BHS, but perform entire passes! The athlete you see in the animation above could’ve easily added a back tuck (assuming the mat was facing the other way and she had the space, of course).
Hope you get a chance to try it out. And if you do, let me know in the comments below how it went!
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