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  • Rick Mc 2:50 pm on June 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    more drills build confidence 

    You could SPOT a beginner on backward handspring. :-(

    Far better is to set-up dozens of progressions without spot. Let the child move step-by-step at their own speed. Have success at each. Dozens of successes.

    Let them take ownership of the skill. :-)

    Carrie Lennox:

    In last month’s Tumbl Trak newsletter Doug Davis wrote about how progressions build confidence and reduce fear. Just thinking about an athlete “balking” in a round off-back handspring, or other tumbling series is enough to make me shudder.

    Connecting the Dots” is a way to describe all the steps involved in the physical preparation of an athlete and offering an athlete frequent opportunities to feel confident in every step in the process. In a recent video session filming skill progressions, we worked with a young athlete who has good basic training combined with good genes from her parents. The video session focused on cartwheel, handstand, and back handspring progressions from jumping to limbers to fly-backs to work in the pit, (which she had done in many workouts previously).

    After filming more than 30 different progressions that lead to a back handspring, our session ended in the pit where we saw in her a confidence and will to move on to her very first back handsprings!! Wooo Hoooo!! We cheered and celebrated with hip-hip-hurray’s and it dawned on me…..we had spent the last two hours “connecting the dots” for this athlete. All the preparation she had done in her classes, put together in a sequence, helped to give her to confidence and success.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
  • Rick Mc 9:33 am on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Yoga for kids 

    Calgary Herald:

    Bikram Yoga Northwest offers two different summer camps designed to teach kids the basics of yoga through fun, games, music, dance, crafts and play.

    Little Sprouts runs from July 16 to 20 and teaches kids age four to six about movement and posture through games involving storytelling, mimicking animals, drumming, chanting and role playing, among others.

    For the older kids, age seven to 11, Sprouts runs from July 23 to 27 and offers a more in depth focus on proper yoga technique though still with an eye towards fun.

    Read more …

    A new friend is recommends the training courses offered by Rainbow Kids Yoga out of Vancouver, Canada.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on November 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    old gymnasts never die … 

    Power Stretching and Easy Exercises by Shiro Tanaka

    In his late 50s, one of my first gymnastics mentors published his personal training program. He demonstrates all exercises himself in the home or office, using no special equipment.

    I asked Shiro he’d ever done Yoga. “Never.”, he replied.

    Like most of the old school gymnastics folks, he considers Yoga inferior to traditional gymnastics stretching. Shiro grew up with Tsukahara, one year younger.

    Shiro’s book is not available for sale anywhere, unfortunately. It was published by his University for internal use.

    But I’m inspired … just as Shiro inspired me as a gymnast and young coach. (In the late 1970s, he insisted we stretch every morning in the shower, to save time.)

    my photos of Shiro

     
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