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By Mandi Yip, Acrobatic Arts
Acrobatic Arts is at it again! This quick, top-five list is one to keep handy in your curriculum planning for teaching aerials! These safe and useful progressions will help athletes advance their aerial technique while at the same time building the athlete’s confidence and saving your shoulders! :) No spot required!
Here are some of our tips on how to teach aerial progressions without spotting
Tip 1 - Fast Cartwheel: In order to land an aerial securely, practice a short, quick cartwheel.
Tip 2 - Step Hop: Tumbling requires a fair amount of strength and usage of the foot to encourage power in the skill. Have students practice hops on and off of a mat to develop more foot and leg strength.
Tip 3 - One-Handed Cartwheels: Remember the skill ladder for aerials start with cartwheels and cartwheel progressions. Students should have solid one-handed cartwheels with both near and far arms.
Tip 4 - Four steps to and aerial: Have students practice the key elements of the aerial before starting. 1) The arms swing downward. 2) The head drops to the knee. 3) The first leg kicks. 4) The second leg exerts power into the aerial. Watch our video below for demonstrating this drill
Tip 5 - Big Split: Students need a wide split for a technically proficient aerial. Work your center split drills to help achieve this element.
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