Week 11-12: Spinning Head Scissors Throw & Taco Fall to Kip-Up

For week 11, I decided to follow up on my previous work on the scissor throw at the head level, and try a fancier version with a spin. This one really is purely for aesthetics, but is a beautiful looking takedown for film work. The initial set-up is pretty much the same, but once in position, I relax my legs as my partner removes his arms allowing me to drop. I don’t fully open up my legs though. I need to keep a bit of squeeze to allow the momentum to swing me back up a bit so that I can land on my feet as my partner throws himself down to make it look like I’m initiating the throw. The end result is pretty cool looking, as you’ll see below.

For week 12, I wanted to work on doing a kip-up directly from a back fall. In the stunt industry, we call this particular fall the “taco” because you end up doubled over like a taco. From this position, you can spring right back up to your feet with a kip-up using no hands if you time it right and get the right positioning. I’m still working on making it smoother, but as you can see, it’s coming along.

I’m happy to say that as of this posting, I’m 1/4 of the way through my 52-week challenge for this year. I’m am quite enjoying the excuse to play and keep playing and expanding my repertoire.

If you have any questions or insights about the above techniques, please don’t hesitate to comment below. 🙂

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