As early as possible. The spot is very safe and effective, providing your gymnast has good core strength and the ability to pass each phase with comfort and ease. The important part is not to rush...The gymnast's I used in the video started these progressions from an early age (around 9 or 10) and have gradually been progressing through the stages (they are now 12 and 13). The key is, its a long term investment. Not something that is learned in weeks but rather over a period of years. This is the only way to learn the skill with great technical proficiency and awareness....Goodluck
Awesome video. Thanks for sharing.
A few questions:
1- Do you do any specific shoulder and wrist injury prevention stuff for this skill? and if so what?
2- What are the common errors, and mistakes you see during the learning of this skill?
3- Do you always teach the pike drop or do you also encourage/use a clearhip action.. (by that i mean there is no pike at all, its literally like doing a clearhip).
Valentin, as far as the specific flexibility, I do not do anything special for the Undersomersault that is not normal to ordinary warm-up and daily flexibility requirements.
In the case of conditioning I will start using more of a fold in the body when the gymnasts are able to handle the strain on their lower back during the compression phase of the skill. Therefore, I do a lot of core training - backarches, situps etc. to strengthen the mid body and ensure that when the body is ready we can start utilising a deeper fold in the body and transition to eventually be able to perform the Undersomi's with a Stalder type of action. The boys in the video are not ready for this phase yet.
that's a shame, hope there was no trouble because of it.
I wanted to see the wrist shift again for the peach without a release. Was considering the development of a new skill using the unique position it creates. I wanted to see how much flexibility would really be necessary to hold that position, and if it was plausible at all.
On top of that.. that was a really nice spot for the skill - good control. I wanted to see it again, too.
Thanks for putting it together in the first place! Hope one day it will be ok to put it back up.