Back flips and other flashy moves

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    Apr 09, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
    I really want to start XMA but I don't know were in Austin this is taught, also I have a problem with not having enough money to pay for something like that. That leave the "learn it on your own option.

    See the problem is I don't know what tricks I should start off with, and I don't know what "requirements" I have to have to be physically able to perform back flips and such. I am active but I'm not sure if I'm fit enough enough to even attempt a back flip. This leads to my other problem, how can I reduce my risk of injury trying to learn a back flip...all I have right now is a grassy area to practice on =( Help, advise, words of encouragement

    Thanks ^.^


    XMA is extreme martial arts, it is stuff that Jackie Chan does. More or less martial arts with more aerobic kicks and flips mixed in it. Also great for free running, and that is like using a city as a jungle gym.
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    Apr 09, 2009 5:41 AM GMT
    I googled "XMA, Austin " and came up with this place in south Austin:

    http://www.aumaonline.com/programs.html

  • Apr 09, 2009 6:06 AM GMT
    growingbig saidI googled "XMA, Austin " and came up with this place in south Austin:

    http://www.aumaonline.com/programs.html


    arent you super helpful icon_biggrin.gif
  • Cooldude30

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    Apr 09, 2009 6:23 AM GMT
    My advice would be to find a gymnastics center and see if they offer tumbling classes. I actually teach these at my gym. They are for people just like you who don't want to learn gymnastics (like pommel horse, rings, vault, etc.), but just want to learn how to do flips and "cool" stuff. There you will have an instructor to teach/spot you and equipment to use that promotes your safety. Really, the hardest part of doing a back flip or back handspring is the fear of hitting your head. Once you do it once, the fear is gone (at least for me it was). You don't need to be all that flexible or atheltic to be able to do one...but it certainly can only help if you are in shape and coordinated.

    My gym even offers an "open gym" every Friday night where you can come for one night and just pay a nominal fee and you get to use the equipment at your leisure. Of course, there are instructors there to supervise, and if they are cool like me, they will help you with whatever skill you want to learn.
    Anyhow, I would be very careful trying anything on your own in your back yard. Maybe a friend has a trampoline you can use? There are plenty of youtube tutorials you can watch as well that give you the basics in learning flips. Good luck man!
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    Apr 09, 2009 6:35 AM GMT
    thanks, I think my school teaches gymnastics, I might look into that