Day 43/365 — #dailymove365
Trying my best to re-create a flow that I saw today by @at_the_mat .
Very similar to the first move of the flow I posted yesterday and then the transition to this underhand low bridge was less than welcoming for me at the current moment 😂
It is quite difficult not having a knee that still does not bend all the way and gives me significant pain when brought to its limit of flexion..
I am not sure that I will ever have full freedom in my right knee ever again and I'm coming to grips with accepting that if it is to be the case.
Movement is not about being perfectly symmetrical on both sides because we are not symmetrical beings in the first place.
I had to wrestle with this idea for a while because I had (and still have) a bit of OCD making sure that I can do a skill on both sides.
So maybe I will never have a full range of motion in this knee who knows.. But being here in Brazil I see dogs and cats with missing limbs and I see that they are still alive and living to the best of their ability.
Of course, having to adapt to the reality that is.. and if it is a loss, then adapt, and work around it. You actually learn more this way.
Wu wei: The chinese saying best translated into - not forcing anything. ✌🏼
This is my way of living, these are my lessons. This is my reality.
Sometimes you just need to kick the air a couple hundred times. .
Had a talk with a friend today about what it means to #train and what it takes. I think it takes giving everything you have, you know... #dedication . And most people stop short of giving their all. nothing beats becoming a badass at something you love. Pouring yourself into a #goal and seeing the end result, it’s better than any drug. You might not reach “perfection”, but if the #journey excites you, you don’t need perfection. Get down to business. Sometimes when I train like this I think... I really wish I was kicking someone in the face right now 😂.... and not the air.
Do you even move, dude?
So at the moment I’m teaching movement more than practicing, and you know what? I’m ok with that. I’m taking liberty to invest my free time into my handstand training but also my own spiritual walk.
It’s about prioritising what’s most important and for me it’s my relationship with God. If that means I’m a bit rusty in a few areas that’s fine. I’m sure just like the seasons there will be a time in the near future when I’m back working on this floor play but until then I’m just gunna ride this wave.
Private and online movement training available, but due to time restraints online is easier.
Me doing today’s routine with friend and student @trystanchamberscircus
Arm balances have always been one of my favorite tools to build strength and balance. I put together a short 15 minute routine on @alo.moves that will help you up your arm balance game too, I also break down a few one arm balances. Click the link in my bio to check out my new class “Arm Balance Builder 2” to give it try. See if you can make it through all the exercises with me! (There’s an Arm Balance Builder 1 if you’re not ready for 2 yet!)
Time for #tinsaschool
The Tinsika (Aka the lazy person walkover) has copious amounts of variations and is incredibly gentle on the body. Above are some variations of this skill. This move fits perfectly into the recent category of “ soft floor acro” which is sweeping across the circus world. I recommend learning such skills if (like me) you don’t enjoy the impact/pressure/facepain from skills like the front/back somersaults - which of course feel great and are fun but are definitely less forgiving on the body during the winter season.
Now, you do NOT need a bridge to do this move. There’s a tone of ways to teach this move and some of them are nonsense.
Now, I mostly feel the stretch in my lats and right shoulder.
Having good shoulder flexion and a reasonable front split will make this move easier.
But what do I do with my hands?!? Hands like a cartwheel, if you like you can turn your second hand in. Do NOT put them forwards like a handstand, forward walkover!
This will cause the shoulders to block the pathway of the legs, you’ll just end up doing some lame walk over attempt.
There are some basic drills that I teach that will make it easier but like any of this acro malarkey it takes time. Lots of time. Be patient and enjoy the process.
DM if interested in Online training/private.
I also recommend learning from @movingthroughacrobatics And @farid_herrera As they actually teach workshops in this stuff around the UK so link with them for future workshops.
Hope you find this helpful 🙌🏼
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Always feels great to visit @the_fitstop_cf_sa ! The community is friendly, trainers are attentive, and the workouts always make it hard to do cool stuff afterward!
Thanks for the challenge @rudytrev422 !
The falling leaf.
This move has become increasingly more popular in the last 6 years - the amount of variation and ways in and out of the falling leaf are countless. It’s definitely a move that relates nicely to soft-floor acrobatics if done correctly. I was shown this move (in this very space) around 10 years ago by my good friend @blazereuben , back then we didn’t really know what it was called so we just constructed the name Falling leaf which has just kinda stuck around!
I don’t often see this move done nicely on hard floor and people often complain about nailing one shoulder on the floor. It’s simple - if it doesn’t feel like a handstand forward role you’re probably doing it wrong.
There’s two elements to this move: the fall (FALLING leaf) and the twist. The rotation HAS to be set before you begin the twist.
Think about pushing away with your shoulders and elevating your scap into the move before you twist. Should I bend my arms in this move? Yes and no. Bend your arms before you start to fall and you risk dislocating your shoulder but with out any bend (which is possible) you could potentially pile-drive your back into the floor.
Now, back to you constantly nailing one shoulder on the floor. Yeah, I’ve been there. Essentially what I mean about it feeling like a handstand forward role is that both shoulders should make contact with the floor at the same time.
It should feel like a half twist to handstand forward role as opposed to a half twist role ting.
What helps is looking at the floor in your handstand then as you start to fall look between your arms towards the ceiling. This should straighten you out to help enter the role nice and centrally down your back. If done correctly it should feel painless on the floor.
@natwhittingham Has by far the best/ softest (multiple )entrance into this move I’ve ever seen so be sure to go follow him to see some crazy variation of it.
If you have any questions on this please feel free to DM me 🙌🏼
Our favourite 40 year old 😜 This is the work some won't do. The humbling stuff. The awkwardness. My elbow goes where? -
We're so proud of Scott: he's barely missed a class since he joined and works hard on his Individual Design programming. It shows. We like @theclaymethod too, but he gets enough sun so he's last in the slideshow 😂
After a warm up I slowly started to move my center of gravity towards my hands and engaged more of my thoracic spine and my shoulders. It’s the day after and I feel no pain in my lower back as it should be. .
✅I always get started with #FRC#controledarticularrotations for the shoulder and spine. ✅After i move to pointe push-ups, slowly moving higher and higher. ✅After that i try to do some movements with ponte, like #voltaporcima#bridgerotations#audecoluna etc. to reinforce the specific things I’m trying to get better at. Happy with over a years worth of bridges and can’t wait for next year. Probably hips. Spits and the pancake 🥞
Who doesn’t love #handstands
Here are 3 exercises I use for beginners to learn the basics of the handstand. ✅ crow pose I use to get people used to the idea of using their hands to balance. Pressing with the palm to move the center of gravity towards your back while pushing with your fingers moves your center of gravity towards your front. The crow pose is great for learning this because you can effectively lower your center of gravity with this movement. ✅ the hypotenuse is something I love doing for students who struggle with strength and have a hard time keeping their bodies aligned. Why create a triangle with the wall? The angle is much easier on your wrists, meaning you can work the muscles as much as you want with minimal impact to your wrists. Creating a good body line is another issue for a lot of people, so try this. It’s very tiring, but building strength and endurance is important for the handstand. ✅ facing the wall can be scary for some people. The position is one of my favorites for practicing the handstand. Keep away from the wall as much as you can, but remember that the wall is there if you need a second to regain your balance. It’s a good exercise to maximize time under tension while specifically working on your handstand
Good luck and DM me if you have question