This is from 2 weeks ago. It took me a while to trust that I could take off and twist. This is a prime example of slow and steady progress. I did a one and a half twist and a simple front layout for a while, but then I decided it was time to add a full. The first one is always a little scary...I didn't know how my left knee would feel (stable or unstable). It actually felt great, no instability at all.
Here, about a week and a half later than the previous video, I do a 1.5 twist, front full, front 1 and 3/4 roll out. Notice how I do the roll in the piked position. I usually do it in the tucked position, with my knees close to my chest, but I am having a hard time getting my legs bent. My left hamstring is still bothering me, and I'm pretty sure it's because the plate is irritating it (I have a meeting with Dr.Mohtadi on Monday to discuss a cortisone shot). It felt awesome to be able to do this line because it means that I am just one step closer to putting things together! This will be one of my "actual" lines in my routine...so sweet!
In this video I am doing 3 running steps to an arabian double front pike 1/2 out. The 3 RUNNING STEPS should really be in caps! This is a huge accomplishment for me. I still feel a slight burning in my left leg, but I am able to get enough speed to tumble quite well. Notice the half out at the end...I am still debating whether or not I will keep this half turn, but for the time being, it gives me more confidence than if I was to land forward. When I broke my legs it was on a similar skill to this, but instead of landing facing the camera, I landed with my back to it...and CRACK! flashback! Sick.
I am gaining confidence everyday. Soon I am going to have to start transferring these skills to the real floor, but for now, this is very positive! I actually feel like I might be a better tumbler than I was before. I am forced to be more aware, more technical and quicker than I usually am. There is no room for error and I need to be very protective. The last thing I want to happen is for me to make a stupid mistake...stupid mistakes are where you get hurt!
Hope you enjoyed the video's!