- May 7, 2020
Hello. I have a question or perhaps yall just can share your experience and wisdom. My son is an 8yr old lvl 5, skipped 4.1. He's been doing gymnastics for about a year and a half now. Generally speaking he picks up skills quickly. Pardon me if I get any names wrong, but, he has got his muscle up on rings, circles, spindles, flairs, and his kip already. Ok so he is working on getting the kip consistently, but he gets it about half the time he tries. He is doing circles and flairs off the ground even and his lvl 10 friend is showing him a "Russian" on pommel/mushroom and my son nearly has that down just practicing it a handful of times. I'd say he's doing fairly well, but he is so stressed out bless his heart about a robhs. He has done it, but it's very infrequent and he is just flat out scared. He's afraid he'll have to scratch the whole event and get a zero and I told him if he does it is fine! Well he is not fine with it. His first meet is in November but he has been working on this since last year on 4.2 pre-team. Having a mental block this early on, are they permanent? Will he continually have mental blocks? Could it just be this one skill? Any advice at all? He should not be this stressed over one skill, I just don't know what to do. I told him that one day, many years from now, if he stuck with gymnastics and if he made it to optionals level, then he has more freedom I believe to pick and choose the skills at each event, but for now, these are compulsory. His future skills build off of the ones he is learning now. He just hates going backwards as he's afraid he'll fall and hit his head. Thoughts?