January 2023

Forums Monthly Challenges January 2023

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    • #12788
      Silks Stars Team
      Moderator

      Option 1: Sleeping Beauty to Handstand Single Knee Slide
      Option 2: Sleeping Beauty to Handstand Front Walkover (mini-rig)
      Share your comments, questions, and work from this month’s combination below!

    • #12789
      Ogie
      Participant

      This is such a cool choreo!!! I love it. Looking forward to a great start of the year. Thanks Brett, it has your signature all over it. Great!

    • #12894
      Auriol
      Participant

      I am so excited to play with this one!!!

    • #12921
      Jill.b.lovin.aerial
      Participant

      Did the ground handstand workout yesterday. Sore today. I love that!!!

    • #12926
      Laced
      Participant

      Any quick tips for elbows that hyper extend when straightening to load in the handstand?
      This has always been an issue for me and I’ve pretty much always avoided all handstands because I’m old and avoiding injury risk just seemed like the better option 🤣🤣
      Not actually sure if I’m just being overly cautious. I’m sure a solid few weeks of working on them ground and air will help but…
      Keen for any tips or advice early on.
      🙏🏻

      • #12932
        Silks Stars Team
        Moderator

        Hi There! Be sure to practice the ground drill that Brett demonstrates in the tutorial. Also- he will go over this during Thursdays Q&A….

      • #12942
        Silks Stars Team
        Moderator

        We spoke with Michah about this, and he recommends some corrective exercises for students with hyper extended elbows. It’s in debth and the exercises depend on the specific student so he recommends virtual lessons. You can find him on Instagram @micah.Walters.movement

      • #12947
        Laced
        Participant

        Okay I’ll keep that in mind thank you ☺️

    • #12933
      Ariel.N.Flames
      Participant

      Does it make a difference if the silks are in front of your arms or in back when doing the handstand? I’m finding I’m having trouble keeping my right arm straight and tipping over when trying to release the right leg.

      • #12944
        Silks Stars Team
        Moderator

        Yes, the silks should end up on the sides of your arms. There isn’t any wrapping of the arms in any way, only the shelf created with the hands. Keep Conditioning your handstands on the ground this month to build up endurance and push extra when turning out/gently releasing the right.

    • #12934
      Ogie
      Participant

      Some questions.

      – how do you correctly stack bodyparts in handstand? Normally i built up from floor to sky, but that does not seem to work giving legs are already in chrochette. What us the correct rotation of the shoulder (chest in)? Any thoughts
      -how do you prevent leaning into one pole, find it difficult to possition my hands so my body is centered and does not lean to one side).
      – when performing the knee drop after the handstand i get skinburn in my knee. I wear a longy (legs covered). Any tips?
      – also the direction for the drop i miss, you drop towards your front (belly), you lower the left leg, hooks right and keeps arms straight, correct?

      Amazing choreo, love it, thanks

      • This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by Ogie.
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    • #12938
      Silks Stars Team
      Moderator

      Great questions! Brett will go over all this during Thursdays q and a!

    • #12939
      Manon
      Participant

      I’m really in trouble with the knee hook and holding the silks with my hands after the handstand. I’m just sliding. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

      • This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by Manon.
    • #12941
      cloudswinger
      Participant

      I have a tip for practicing the handstand in the fabric – do it with a low knot. I tie the knot a couple of inches off the ground, stand and crochet and setup the hand placement. You’re close to the ground so bailing out is easier. This one is really tough on shoulders and requires good core. Also definitely need to cover the knee.

    • #12951
      tguthrie
      Participant

      Hi there! I started working on the January challenge sequence today and I have some concerns about the handstand. Ever since my shoulder injury in 2021 handstands of all sorts (ground and air) have been super sketchy for me, so I was wondering if there is any way to modify it to take some of that strain off my shoulders (like maybe make an x on my back before setting up my hands, or something like that). Any thoughts/advice? I’ll definitely keep trying to work on it but I may end up just skipping from the sleeping beauty to the front walkover if I’m still not comfortable.

      In the meantime, here’s what I have so far for the sleeping beauty part: https://www.silksstars.com/community/tguthrie/media/3180/
      It definitely needs to be cleaned up but I’m loving the flow of it 🙂

    • #12962
      Jill.b.lovin.aerial
      Participant

      Thank you Brett for not calling me out in the Q&A. Always the gentleman 😉 Sorry I missed it live. Literally JUST missed it 😏

    • #12963
      Silks Stars Team
      Moderator

      These were great questions! Thanks to all who joined us for the q&A. The replay is available as usual in case you missed it 🙂

    • #12965
      Manon
      Participant

      I tried to watch the replay but I don’t see it. Did you post it?

      • #12969
        Silks Stars Team
        Moderator

        Hi there- go to community tab, live q and a, January, password is Handstand.

    • #13036
      Ogie
      Participant

      Great tips during the Q&A and I manage to do the first part of the drop controlled and without knee burning. My only is problem is that the moment I move my body through the poles for the last part of the drop where the body turns, I lose control and get acceleration that I cannot stop. Looks like a real drop, but I prefer to have the same Level of control as Brett. Question: What do you use to slow down the last part of the drop. Many thanks.

      last part of kneedrop

      • #13063
        Silks Stars Team
        Moderator

        Are you lowering your free leg down after re-hooking the leg Ogie? Also see if you can make the transition seamless from pushing to pulling down as you slide down from the handstand. Brett keeps some weight into the pole that the knee is hooked on in order to feel more “grounded.” That slight/consistent lean into the pole that the leg re-hooks onto may help slow and smooth that slide down.

    • #13066
      Ogie
      Participant

      Yes, all the cues he told in the q&a i do, leg down, arm straight, push/pull, chest up. Those do not influence the last part for me, but are great tips for the first/middle part. The grounded feeling is missing indeed.

      • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Ogie.
      • #13070
        Silks Stars Team
        Moderator

        Try bracing the same side upper elbow against the pole as hooked knee? In the tutorial, Brett has his right knee hooked, and has a strong brace against the pole with the outside of his right arm above the elbow.

    • #13071
      Ogie
      Participant

      Thanks, will try

    • #13093
      Manon
      Participant

      My brain and my body finally figured out the exit after the handstand. But then I’m stock. I can’t let go of either of my hands. I don’t have enough grip and I’m sliding down. What can I do? https://www.silksstars.com/community/manon/media/3188/

      • #13101
        Silks Stars Team
        Moderator

        Hi Manon- it looks like the video you posted cuts off- we can only see the handstand exit. Also- are you using any grip assistance?

      • #13104
        Manon
        Participant

        I cut it there because that’s where I’m stock. If I let go of either hand I’m sliding to the ground. And yes, I use some grip assistance. Do you have any suggestions or should I go with the mini-rig version?

      • #13107
        Silks Stars Team
        Moderator

        HI! Brett says-
        Try to get a good knee grip at the end of the slide so the right hand and right knee take all the weight, that way you can take your left hand off. It’s a lot of Grip needed in the right hand. Looks like you are sliding your knee too far down and lifting your chest at the end of the slide instead finishing upside down with the chest. My knee doesn’t slide as close to my hands as your knee is and I think that’s why.

    • #13181
      LittleLili
      Participant

      Hi there,
      This is my first monthly challenge and the upload has been the most challenging for me. Not sure if the upload on my profile worked so I’ll link it below.

      Thanks! 🙃

      • #13182
        LittleLili
        Participant

      • #13194
        Silks Stars Team
        Moderator

        Hi Lili! We are not able to watch the video on your profile page ( probably the file is too large) however, we can see it here. Great work, and welcome!

      • #13262
        LittleLili
        Participant

        Thanks! I was able to upload an edited version of the video to my profile as well this morning.

    • #13311
      lahkitchens
      Participant

      I am a first timer here. Joined later in January, so my video uploaded to my profile is only after a few practices. This was a challenging piece, especially just getting back into regular silk practice. I look forward to putting more effort into the upcoming challenges!

    • #13346
      Robin
      Participant

      https://www.silksstars.com/community/robin/media/3300/

      Hi all! I am late but with what I think is a good excuse…I was sailing from Tasmania to NZ. But here is the January mini rig attempt.

    • #13145
      Silks Stars Team
      Moderator

      Hi Natasha! Is this your submission for the month? If so, great! We can see it with sound, don’t worry about the quality. Upload your submission to your personal profile for a review and star rating. You can always upload it here, (to share with the Silks Stars community) but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. Great work!

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