daughter is 10 years old and wants to become a cheerleader at our school.
We have just begun competition cheerleading so tumbling and gymnastic
have never been a part of cheerleading at the school until recently. Will
the video shown on your web site be a good introduction to tumbling for
her? We do not have a gym in our town and do not want to drive 30-45 minutes
and commit to 3 months if she does not enjoy it. Would you recommend your
video for those with no previous experience or would you recommend going
to a gym with an instructor?
have two videos now...
the top classic "Better Back-Handsprings"
and the new "Basic Handstand Position"
Both videos are appropriate for day-1 beginning students working ALONE
at home. (age 7+) students learn PARTICULARLY rapidly when they combine
video-home training with live-gym instruction. Normal live-gym instruction
is limited to about 60 minutes (including warm-up/stretch/cool-down and
play/talk time... plus waiting in line. Actual practice time on a specific
skill becomes EXTREMELY limited.... then combine that with the fact that
an ENTIRE WEEK must pass before the student can practice again... and
progress is SLOW at best.
With the videos at home your daughter going to be practicing SPECIFICALLY
on the skills she MOST WANTS & Needs as OFTEN as she wishes. Importantly
the FOCUS of the video is on PREPARATION exercises (strength/ coordination
/ conditioning) so that when she actually walks into the gym her body
is READY for training. She will have a thorough understanding of WHY and
HOW the skill is performed correctly.
Have Coach Wayne come
- performance tumbling for students
- instructor training for staff
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The HandSTAND ($23.95) is a fundamental position for almost
ALL cheer tumbling skills... in short... the quality of a students handSTAND
will determine the quality of almost ALL her other cheer-tumbling skills.
It's used in the cartwheel, the round-off, the front-handspring, the back-handspring...
and combinations & variations of those skills. The handSTAND video
is an IN-DEPTH review of the PRECISE placement of EACH and EVERY part
of the performer's body... fingers to toes. The handstand is NEVER finished.
After 25+ years in tumbling, I still practice them... and my Olympic Gymnast,
Zuzanna Sekerova, practices hers EVERY time she's in the gym.... 6 days
Then HandSPRING video ($29.95) is a comprehensive seven-day training program.
Since it's release in 1991 it has remained unparalleled in it's effectiveness.
I created it EXACTLY for students in your daughter's situation.
Together they'll put your daughter FAR ahead! After your daughter has
worked with the video (handspring) for a few weeks, you should enroll
her for some occasional "semi-private" or "private"
lessons with a tumbling coach who specialized in tumbling. Usually a 1/2
hour (after warm-up) will be plenty. You may need to try several coaches
to find the best one for her. Continue with the videos at home for several
months after beginning the live lessons.
Ordering options are on my web site... but the handSTAND video is so new
that it's not even on there yet. you can easily order both by calling
Stay in touch!
Coach Wayne is the Head Coach for the
Savannah College of Art and Design Cheerleading team and Executive Coach of
Olympic Gymnast Zuzana Sekerova. His articles, videos and books have been
used by students and instructors world wide since 1991. Coach Wayne is available
for in-gym instructor training and performance tumbling clinics throughout
the year. For booking information, coaches/owners should call 912.398.8082.
Students and parents should request coaches/owners to contact Coach Wayne.