View Full Version : How do I learn the backflip?
06-19-2007, 03:09 PM
I'd like to be able to do a backflip and think it might be a reasonable goal.
First question is, how old is to old to learn it?
Second question, do I need a partner or assistance?
I've always been able to do pretty big back flips and in multiple reps while on a trampoline. Diving boards aren't a problem either. Any suggestions?
06-19-2007, 05:04 PM
jump straight up. tuck knees to chest hard. land on feet.
hardest part of back flips is nadding up to try it the first time. mechanically they're really easy.
i learned by jumping off the grass edge into a sand volleyball court. first someone held my hips and i jumped up and tucked basically against his shoulder. then he moved to the side and spotted me. took some shit talking to get me to do it, but once i had done the first one, the rest were not bad.
06-19-2007, 06:37 PM
I learned my backflip by going to a gymnastic floor. Since it has a little bounce, it gave me the confidence that I could jump high enough not to land on my head. So then I just tried it once and did it. That was it. Now I can do them on regular ground when ever I feel like. It's all about the fear - not much else, so long as you can jump high enough.
06-19-2007, 07:41 PM
Cool, I like the sand volleyball idea. I'll give it a shot.
Thanks for the advice guys.
06-19-2007, 09:03 PM
Here are two great tutorials:
And Tricks Tutorials:
06-20-2007, 05:33 PM
I was 28 when I landed my first one...Mestre Curisco yelling "Jump Hoberto! Jump!"
Brasilians have amazing teaching sequences.
06-20-2007, 07:02 PM
If any gyms in your area have classes I would suggest taking one. Learning by yourself is usually not a good idea. It's best to learn from a qualified instructor or at least someone who knows how to do it in a safe area. :)
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