Hand Balance and Acrobatic Workshop with Yuri Marmerstein
March 14 @ 9:00 am - March 15 @ 5:00 pm
Yuri is a professional acrobat based out of Las Vegas who originally came from a self-taught background and only started training as an adult. He has performed on the Las Vegas Strip and on Broadway. In addition, he is the author of the ebook “Balancing the Equation” a full breakdown of the process of learning how to perform a handstand as an adult.
Spend a weekend developing your handstands, acrobatics and other physical skills. Learning these moves as an adult can be difficult and frustrating, but Yuri wants to show you that these skills are not only fun to practice but accessible for everyone. His goal for this course is to help students gain a better fundamental understanding of the skills themselves and the long-term process needed to achieve them. That way students are able to better guide their own personal practices. All levels and background are welcome, group size is limited to allow for better individual feedback
What to expect?
A weekend course in Bali on hand balance, acrobatics and flexibility development. This course will be a mix of theory and practice and will be focused on offering different perspectives towards helping students to learn acrobatic skills as an adult
The course will run for two days. Each day, students can expect two sessions (3 hours each) with a 2 – hours lunch break in between. This course is open for all-level of ability.
Basic Hand Balance
- Physical preparation for the skill work to help tune your body to the practice and aid in injury prevention and longevity
- Proper” Handstand alignment, what attributes are needed to achieve it, and how to improve it
- Arm support: learning how to use the body’s skeletal structure as a solid base to help understand the handstand as a resting position
- Inversion. Introducing the concept to to adults and how to separately build comfort in being upside down before attempting the handstand.
- How to perform the wall handstand in a way that directly progresses towards freestanding balance.
- Methods to bail the handstand safely on any surface. This is the number one thing that adults who want to learn handstand need to grasp. Once you know how to bail safely, it greatly reduces risk of injury and opens up new possibilities in the practice that otherwise would have been blocked by fear or psychological barrier.
- Progressions to cultivate the sensation of what it is to actually balance the handstand.
- Methods and details of the handstand entry to build confidence and consistency.
- Concepts behind spotting a freestanding handstand to help promote balance and independence.
- Flexibility Development for Hand Balance and Acrobatics
This class will discuss flexibility work as a general concept for broader understanding, and how to develop specific flexibility to help with the skill elements covered in the weekend workshop and beyond.
Intermediate/Advanced Hand Balance
This class will focus on building upon the base freestanding handstand, first on detailed refinement of the basics then following progressions of the skill tree all the way up to one arm work depending on the level of the group.
Possible topics include:
- Physical preparation for shoulders, wrist, and lower body specific to handstands.
- Tuning and calibrating the base handstand to help address and correct asymmetries
- Advanced wall work to not only reinforce alignment, but also help build strength, endurance, and flexibility.
- Refining of the basic handstand to make it as effortless as possible.
- Adding complexity in the balance with basic shapes and movement patterns.
- Chaotic movement patterns while maintaining focus on balance
- Dynamic handstand work including walking and jumping
- Progressions towards the press handstand and stalder press
- Progressions towards handstand pushups, or even more advanced variations like tiger bends or 90 degree pushups
- Planche development progressions and concepts
- Progressions towards the mexican handstand or hollowback
- One arm handstand work: a lot goes into this topic, so that depends on the level of the group how far we will get
- Physical preparation to maintain joint health and help reduce injury throughout the practice
- Specific Jumping/landing technique for skill progressions and air awareness
- Methods of falling safely to help avoid potential for injury.
- Creating/dissipating momentum as well as learning orientation and spatial awareness for acrobatic movements
- Basic acrobatic moves: rolls and cartwheel variations
- Further progression of movements of gymnastics, capoeira, and tricking
- Performing movements in sequence and combination.