Acrobatic Arts

26 January, 2016

Cartwheel & Round Off

There are several ways to perform a cartwheel, however I will mainly be looking at the hand placement technique and progression towards the round off. The cartwheel is a very influential skill however, as it is the base technique for the round off, and an easy method to assess a gymnasts optimal twisting direction for other skills. This skill is probably the first main twisting skill that a gymnast will learn, and once it has been ingrained into the gymnast, the way they twist here will affect every other twisting and turning skill they perform.… Click here to keep reading...

Posted in: Floor
24 December, 2015

Periodisation: An Overview

Before I start this article, I just want to point out that this is a rather complex subject, and I will possibly be modifying this article in the future if my understanding of it changes further. So far, each year I coach I have learned more on this subject. I hope you learn a lot from this and put it to good use in your own coaching or training. Try to not skip parts, as all the information contained here is important, though take your time to get through it as it is around 9 pages long excluding references and images.… Click here to keep reading...

Posted in: General
20 October, 2015

Parkour Skill List

Here we will look at the core of Parkour, along with some extension skills.
I will only cover some of the most common free-running skills as it is up to the free-runner on how to utilise, combine, or modify the skill. Your own creativity and physical capabilities are the main limit.

As parkour is about overcoming obstacles in natural and urban environments, this means the skills required to traverse these environments include things such as basic climbing technique, swimming, and running.… Click here to keep reading...

17 September, 2015

Terms of Motion

The main focus of this article is to educate about terminology of various types of motion. This can help give you a deeper understanding of movement, and thereby hopefully improve your coaching, training, and possibly judging. One thing to keep in mind while coaching however, is that as a coach, you study hard and have a greater understanding than the athlete typically does. This means that although you might understand a lot of this terminology and use it to help your understanding of the movement, you will typically still need to use a lot more simplistic terms while explaining things for your athletes.… Click here to keep reading...

Posted in: General
28 August, 2015

Rolls – Forwards & Backwards

This first video covers the technique of the basic three roles. Forward and backward rolls in tuck, straddle, and pike.

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Posted in: Floor
24 August, 2015

Handstands

In this post I will be covering the technique that I look for in a handstand. I know articles are very wordy, but I struggle to find time to put together videos or photos. I will however do this one day when I have some spare time.

Technical Description

The basic handstand should start and finish in the same position. The gymnast should start in a stretched shape, then reach forwards into a lunge. (Shapes discussed are as shown HERE) The lunge should be at a 45 degree angle to maximise the reach into the handstand, then hands are placed onto the floor as the gymnast extends the back leg up into the handstand.… Click here to keep reading...

Posted in: Floor