Roundoffs - Hand Placement
comfortable teaching these two hand-placement options for the round-off.
Assume a right leg-lunge.
For the aerial...have them step with ONLY the lunge leg
ONTO the folded panel mat... and attempt to land in almost the same spot
ON the mat... reducing horizontal travel to virtually ZERO (or no more
than 1 foot) so that all the power of the lunge leg (& rear leg kick)
is directed STRAIGHT up and around, respectively. NO forward motion. ALSO...
don't allow a run or a step.. Have your students lunge-step and HOLD the
lunge position with the lunge-foot ON the panel mat. A slower exercise
is to STAND in a NEEDLE scale (scissor split with one leg on the floor
and one leg pointing to the ceiling... BEND the support knee... and JUMP
... pushing the hips and foot towards the ceiling.
Have fun, be safe, push hard!
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