Intro to Hand to Hand
Hand to hand can refer to the skill of a flyer holding a handstand while the base balances them on their hands, it can also refer to an entire discipline of circus acrobatics that people spend years studying and training. Hand to hand is often one of the most admired skills when people begin practicing acro as it can seem like a posed on for the the most advanced practitioners, quite to the contrary the basics of hand to hand can be explore by many levels of practitioners and it all starts with the desire and the right road map. In this series we explore the drills, progressions and techniques to begin your hand to hand practice safely, efficiently and with a clear idea of how to progress based off of where you are in your acro practice.
Shin to Foot to Reverse Hand to Hand
This entrance to RH2H takes advantage of the flyers hips already being elevated to around the height needed for their handstand. While most entrances to handstands involve a flyer needing to press up on top of a higher surface this entrance allows the flyer a rare oppurtunity for a flyer to come down into a handstand. As such the details of how a base can provide support and smooth pathway for the flyer as the come down are essential for making this entrance consistent.
Assisted Press Handstand Lift-Off (Partner Drill)
It can be a challenge to feel the moment of lift off in a press handstand, that moment where your feet float away from the floor can feel like a complete mystery even for someone quite strong and possibly even with a solid handstand. The lift off moment is the culmination of a unique combination of shoulder strength/position ( pooosh!), hip/spinal mobility ( hollow pike compression) and timing. It can be hard to find this moment/ engagement/ position since you've never been there, its a lot of exertion and it happens at a particular moment. This partner drill is a great way to slow that moment down, reduce the weight of the lift off and possibly find the feeling of "floating" and accumulate some very relevant time under tension.