Question Last year my daughter (level 8) began learning toe-circle to handstand on bars. Her coach at the time taught her to step down from the cast handstand into the toe circle one foot at a time. She can do it this way and hit a handstand on strap bar. However her new coach wants her to squat onto the bar w both feet for the toe circle but my daughter can't get the technique or rhythm this way. What is the difference in the 2 approaches and does it matter which way she does it?
Answer Hello Chris,
I am very glad to help you. I have not heard of the technique of a squat on toe circle to a handstand. I teach squad on back toe circle in place of a plain squat on to go to high bar. I look at a straddle toe circle on and off to handstand is done similar to the clear hip action. The purpose of thinking clear hip is to help in bending the bar for the opening. The more the bar bends the more action for the opening. This is no different than a clear hip that starts from the handstand verses one that starts from horizontal. FYI, the further the hips/feet are away from the bar the better the bar works for you. I hope this helps your daughter. Also, check on you tube videos for some visual understandings.
Take Care – Jack Leonard
Former 5 time Natl. Tumbling Champ, 3 time Natl. Vaulting Champ, Natl. Floor
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