Headstand Kip to Handstand
This is a coordination and timing drill between two skills; the headstand and handstand. The idea with this drill is to learn to use the correct timing of your kip and push off with your hands to help you get into the handstand position.
- Learn to use the kip motion to help you.
- Learn to push off the floor and kip at the correct time.
- Learn to coordinate your push off and kip.
Start by standing on your head (see the headstand article). Lower your legs to horizontal and with a quick motion lift them towards the ceiling. The quick lifting motion is referred to as the “kip”. Just before your legs reach vertical push off the floor with both hands as hard as you can and go into the handstand position.
Stage 1 – Setup (headstand)
Stage 2 – Compressing
Stage 3 – Kip
Stage 4 – Finishing (handstand)
Common MistakesCoaches teach gymnasts how to do skills correctly, but most gymnasts learns how to perform the skill correctly when coaches corrects their mistakes. This is not wrong, this is actually how gymnasts learn. This being said, it is very important that coaches corrects mistakes all the time. If a gymnast continues doing the same mistake over and over then they will be good at doing that drill with that mistake and have a difficult time later correcting it.
- Always correct mistakes
- Correct the first mistake you see the gymnast do (even if it is before the actually drill, i.e. the gymnast forgets to stand tall with arms over their head)
- Correct only one thing (sometimes two if they are related)