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We're always finding new ways to do the same old skills! We all know that our sport is one of extreme repetition. Finding interesting and creative ways to do the skills that we know are important and that kids love doing keeps them excited about learning. Honestly, it keeps US excited about teaching too! I like this walk up handstand for several reasons. First, it develops their upper body and core strength. It's a bit scary for the younger guys. I'm a huge fan of getting kids out of their comfort zone while teaching them to trust the instructor, and more importantly, to trust themselves. Perhaps the best part of this activity is the focus it requires. Giving kids the opportunity to slow down and focus is often part of the challenge as an instructor. Two thumbs up for this one. Try it and let me know what you think. #preschoolgymnastics #gymnastics #ninjakids #activekids #handstand
by Rick McCharles
At Ontario Congress 2016 I broke down the Movement Patterns approach in greater detail than ever before.
All Gymnastics skills can be analyzed in terms of 6 movement patterns. LANDINGS we teach first and best.
Here’s an example.
The Movement Pattern approach — as opposed to the more traditional Skills approach — is used in Canada and by the International Gymnastics Federation. The inventor of this taxonomy and primary author is Keith Russell.
It’s biomechanical analysis. Each of the Movement Patterns obeys well defined laws of physics. SWINGS, for example, are skills where the body is rotating around an external axis. Good technique is keeping the Centre of Mass far from the axis on the DOWN swing, closer to the axis on the UP swing.
Once a coach knows the mechanical principles of each of the 6 Movement Patterns, it’s easier to coach specific skills.
For example, keep your hips (Centre of Mass) as far away from the Bar (Axis) as possible on the down SWING.
All Gymnastics finish with a LANDING. The gymnast must bring all forces to zero by attenuating energy over time and surface area.
Download all the notes from Ontario Congress 2016 – INCORPORATE THE FMP’S INTO YOUR PROGRAMS (Gymnastics Movement Patterns)
One of the best things we do at Gymnastics class is teaching how to land and fall safely.
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