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Acrobatic Tumbling: From Rolls to Handsprings and Somersaults
by Dariusz Obrebski
Two languages on one DVD (English, Polish)
Video: 105 minutes | DVD | System: NTSC All Regions
(Our DVDs are only in NTSC but they play in virtually all PAL DVD players.)
You can learn flips and tumbling at ANY AGE if:
- You can jump up a few inches and land in the same spot, facing the same direction, without twisting uncontrollably to either side or loosing balance;
- You can repeatedly jump up and down (just a few inches) without pain—especially in your legs, back, and shoulders;
- You can follow the step-by-step instructions on Acrobatic Tumbling DVD.
You will get two DVDs: Acrobatic Tumbling and Acrobatics for Everybody DVD and save $9.58 off the regular price! And get Free Shipping too!
Acrobatic Tumbling shows how to learn (or teach) flips, flic flacs, and more—safely and quickly!
You don’t need to be very powerful to learn flips and tumbling. To do a back flip (back somersault) on the floor you don’t even have to jump high—a standing vertical jump of more than 3 inches will do (the higher, the easier it is). And no, you do not need to be very flexible—see my article titled “Can You Have Too Much Flexibility?”.
This DVD shows all you need to know to learn tumbling skills or to teach them to your athletes.
Did you know?
Intelligent instructors of many sports, such as ball games, combat sports, martial arts, and track and field, include teaching tumbling in their training programs because it builds confidence, decisiveness, and coordination, of course. It is a great form of active rest and is just plain fun. Also, as good coaches of team sports know, tumbling practice builds team cohesion, when athletes work in groups, assisting each other in turns.
No acrobatic or gymnastic background required!
Gymnastic or acrobatic skills such as tumbling are an important part of athletic skills in many sports. In track and field, top pole-vaulters and jumpers practice tumbling as a part of their workouts. Well-trained combat sports athletes can do somersaults and handsprings, too. Having a precise sense of one’s position in space and knowing how to turn in the air comes in handy when defending against an opponent’s grappling throws and armlocks. In striking martial arts, such as kung-fu, fighters demonstrate spectacular evasions based on gymnastic or acrobatic skills.
Acrobatic Tumbling offers step-by-step instruction, explanations for typical errors, and spotting methods for the following acrobatic tumbling techniques:
- Cartwheel on two hands and on one hand
- Front handspring
- Back handspring, also called a flic flac (both the gymnastic version and the breakdancing version, with two different ways of learning each)
- Aerial cartwheel (a cartwheel without putting the hands on the floor)
- Front somersault, also called a front flip
- Back somersault, also called a back flip
Learn every building block and all lead-up exercises for the featured tumbling skills, as well as how to properly teach and spot each skill for injury prevention.
Yes! No acrobatic or gymnastic background required!
This easy-to-follow, proven method of instruction teaches tumbling skills without fear. All you need is a few landing pads, a helper (if it is you who wants to learn tumbling), and for some exercises a small rebounder. No harnesses, ropes, or other gizmos. Just follow the gradual progression of exercises and drills on this DVD.
“People who want to learn acrobatics are afraid of bad falls, especially in moves such as jumping back and turning in the air. Well-conducted workouts, with correctly selected exercises, competent instruction, and spotting, dispel those fears and let students learn quickly.”–Coach Obrebski
Personal comment from Thomas Kurz (president of Stadion Publishing Company, Inc.):
Do not be alarmed when you see coach Obrebski talk after the English narration ends. You are not missing anything—we translated coach Obrebski’s explanations to best convey their meaning into English and not word for word. The english language usually has shorter words than the Polish language, therefore the English narration ends before the original Polish speach. Nevertheless, during demonstration of skills, the English narration is synchronized with the action perfectly.
The more you know about tumbling the more you will appreciate coach Obrebski’s method and depth of instruction. If you are a beginner then you really must pay utmost attention to every smallest thing he says and shows. Some examples:
—The correct distances between spots for feet and for hands in the cartwheel, which make it more dynamic;
—The seemingly minor tip on where to look and what to see in a half-squat at the beginning of the back handspring to get consistently clean landings;
—Pointing out the importance of position of feet versus buttocks in the breakdancers’ back handspring (“getting the air” depends on it);
—The explanation of what to feel at the moment of turning in the air, in the back flip, which makes back flips more steady and safe.
By the way: The above examples were even pointed out by freezing frames so viewers can notice the correct position for the crucial phase of shown movement. This is especially helpful with those details, which happen too quickly for untrained people to notice in motion.
Customers who bought this video bought also the DVD Flexibility Express and the book Explosive Power and Jumping Ability for All Sports.
If you are not happy with your purchase of the video, return it within 90 days with your original invoice, and we will refund the price of merchandise (less shipping and handling)!
“Simple wow!! Great progressive sequence of drills I have seen for each skill. Very practical for people without gymnastic background. I was able to do cartwheel (somewhat) but after watching it I learned proper cartwheel and one-hand cartwheel in no time without access to any qualified instructor. Chapter design is good and clarity of video is high. Watching this video makes one feel to go outside and practice. It should be noted that some exercise does require a spotter and big thick sheet of sponge. Highly recommended to people of all ages!”
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
“Stadion’s newest DVD on acrobatic tumbling techniques continues their tradition of producing instructional materials that are easy to understand and feature top-notch instructors. The DVD begins with an introduction by Stadion’s Tom Kurz where he explains why they selected the instructor that they did, Dariusz Obrebski of the Targówek sports club in Poland. Among other reasons, Mr. Obrebski excels at helping students with modest athletic abilities become skillful at acrobatic techniques. This short intro, and one provided by Mr. Obrebski right afterwards, also does a very good job of explaining the rationale behind the exercises and their ordering and progression.
“Exercises leading to several flips, handsprings, and cartwheels are presented in a series of DVD chapters, making it relatively easy to review a particular technique. In each chapter, Obrebski acts as the coach and spotter while a member of the Targówek club performs the exercises. Each exercise is performed multiple times, occasionally at multiple viewing angles, and the narration explains important technique points that may not be clear or visible (e.g., keeping a tight abdomen). In addition, common errors are also shown. Overall, the pace of instruction seems exactly right to make sure the viewer understands how to perform the technique correctly, yet not bore them with unnecessary repetition. In addition, the progression of exercises also seems reasonable. That is, each exercise is only a small increase in difficulty from previous ones.
“The intro by Mr. Kurz explains that the Targówek athletic club uses only very modest gymnastic equipment in their practices and the same is true for the exercises on this DVD. It should be noted, however, that following the progression of exercises does require access to that equipment and at least one spotter. The DVD does not comment on what to do if these are not available, which may disappoint some viewers hoping for a self-study program. […] In general, the production values of the DVD are very high with the only oddity being that the English language translation sometimes ends several seconds before Mr. Obrebski’s mouth stops moving in the introduction segment, leaving a few noticeable silences. But this is obviously a very minor point.
“Overall, the DVD is very well done and provides the viewer with the information they need to begin their own acrobatic program. The progression of exercises is sufficiently measured so as to build the confidence of the athlete. The use of multiple angles, good narration, presentation of common errors, and an appropriate amount of repetition ensure that this DVD can be used by two students with no prior experience with acrobatics to work together and develop the skills shown. For those looking to add these techniques to their skill set, this product is definitely recommended.”
Santa Barbara, California
“Having been involved in the martial arts, sports and physical training fields for over 50 years, in physical education, athletic training and healthcare for more than 40 years, I highly recommend the new Stadion DVD on acrobatics and tumbling to parents who are interested in the physical development of a child’s motor skills, athletic ability, and health. Therefore, my first recommendation to parents interested in their child’s physical development has always been acrobatics and tumbling. That’s what I did, and what I continued to do for my own children and grand children. It was needed then and is even needed more than ever for our children today.”
Richard J. Vahl, MSc, DC, Ph.D.