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How We Teach Front Tumbling (split from Question about Tiger Paws)

JBS

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We teach front tumbling a specific way that reduces upper extremity impact as well. I've never thought of it as a wrist saver until now... but it definitely is. If anyone is interested in that... just let me know... but that's a whole other topic.

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This stuff is all pretty stock in the world of men's gymnastics... but not so much in women's gymnastics. If you are from the world of men's gymnastics... you will probably think this is all normal.

Here goes...
  1. We teach bent arm front tumbling. Everything is modeled after the "headspring".
  2. We teach tumbling and "taking off" as two separate things. "Taking off" has much more impact. We only view the front 1.5 and up and front double front and up as "taking off". You can tumble right into a front full... never need to "take off" in our system. "Take offs" are managed with dive rolls.
  3. Much of our front work is actually done through "handless" skills like front tucks and front whips/layouts.
  4. All of our younger/lower level athletes front tumble "soft" 75% of the time.
  5. All front skills are progressed from tramp to tumbl trak to rod floor and finally to spring floor.
Not sure if I missed anything... but I'll remember eventually if I did.

I'll explain each point now...

#1. The center of gravity has to be allowed to travel forward before the explosion off of the hands happens. The super stiff arm blocking compulsory front handspring system does not teach this well. Athletes stiff arm block the floor while their hips are still on the wrong side of the hands. Basically... by staying on the ground longer... the hips travel forward into the correct position for front tumbling.

More later...
 

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One of my mentors when I was in college taught me to watch the men's bent arms before deciding to correct them in a compulsory gymnast, lol. I know this is about front tumbling (and wrists), but I also eventually started copying the men's wide arms in the BHS and also the power tumbler's RO landing arm position (same position w/BHS and whips).