Jun 12, 2003, 10:47 AM
Post #1 of 43
SIT TO STAND....
Any suggestions on best way to practice this next step. I have gotten pretty good with my sit but if I need to pick up some speed, cause am jumping with lots of speedy headdown folks, guessing for me best thing to do would be to pop into stand. Feet together, feet apart, arm position? Any tips would be mucho appreciated!
So maybe when I am playing with new pals, I'll just try it. Just pop those feet down and see what happens. And then someone will be there to tell me what I need to do different when I flail all over - for the first few jumps. Took me 6 jumps to feel the sit....
think of your body in a "T" position the faster stand you need from there you can go more to a "Y" position. you will prob feel a little more squishy when you try it at first but it will get easier the more you do it.. -yoshi
if your flying with HDers you can also try decreasing the size of your sit..bring your legs in tight together...there are a couple of little floaty girls i jump with who pretty much have to fly this way all the time...be aware this is less stable as well..
stand tranistions are pretty easy..go out and do some drill dives..transition to a stand and work on 360's solo.. for 2 ways you can work on forward and backwards motion...its mostly in the hips...
"hanging ten" gives you some serious forward drive and is a fun way to flock
It's easier to push into a stand if you're pretty certain that you are falling straight down. If you're backsliding (generally forward motion is much harder to do unintentionally) - your hips are most likely behind your shoulders, ie., your torso is not truly vertical. I only mention it because you'll need to push your hips forward and straigten your legs to stand. If you're not familiar with what true vertical feels like - you'll most likely cork. (you will anyway, but you'll spend alot of time trying to figure out why).
Also, try it on solos (or with one other person). Corking is inevitable and could be dangerous with too many people around - especially if you hold it long enough to pick up extra speed.
Finally, practice pulling quickly into a little ball - as your transition from stand (and cork!) back to sit. That will help to keep up your speed and to keep you relative.
Thanks for all the tips - gonna just go try it this weekend and see how it goes. I'm pretty patient (ok - so I'm not really patient) but I am in no rush either. Have lots of time to figure this all out and lots of new pals willing to help.
And I am liking all this talk about pelvis and hip movement....hubba hubba!
I'll let ya know how it goes....and ask for more suggestions I'm sure.
Except for 'smaller sit will speed me up'. Bringing your legs/feet together will make you less stable and will increase the surface size of your body presented to relative wind. My guess is, if it is making anyone speedier, they are pulling their lower bodies into a ball and using their arms to hold them upright.
Your arms are for balance and directional motion - not to compensate for wonky torso or leg position.
Make sure your torso is vertical and then slowly begin to push your hips forward as you extend your feet. Keep your head high, hips under your shoulders and knees and feet wide. Even small movements will increase your vertical speed. (But remember, it will also cause you to move forward or back if you're not vertical.)
Something to get ya going is to go out and do lots of spins and flips and other freestyley moves. Get used to being out of control. Cuz it doesn't take much time to control that stuff if ya just do it.
Sit is just a position. You can either Be in it, of you can fly it. That goes for head down or any other pose you can think of.
Since you can sit already. Just put your feet under you and stand on the air like you mean it. Squash it! For now, put your feet together when you do it. When your feet are together you are affectively flying on one surface. If they are appart, you have 2 to deal with... a few dives later, put em apart some.
Now if you happen to start falling over when you stand, don't fight it. Use the energy and just flip all the way over.
Once you start to figure out the stand, do some turns both directions, flips front and back, and walk in place and stuff like that. get creative.
When you first learn to stand, and you're jumping with someone, don't be surprised at how fast they backslide away from you ... cuz it's very likely you Keep your hands out to the side with a slight bend in the elbows. and SORTA... lean back and try and keep your hands in sight.
Big thing Just stand on the air like you mean it. Push it down below you. If you flail just go with it.
oh... and consciously breathe.
Hope that helps. -
(This post was edited by hookitt on Jun 12, 2003, 1:26 PM)
arms to my side, palms down........hands slightly infront of me kind of bend
arms out, forearms sort raised kinda bend
Sorry if silly question but I am sitting at my desk with my arms out trying to figure out what you mean - my office staff think I am nuts - but they do anyway since I started jumping out of perfectly good planes.
There loss...I come into work smiling after the weekend - they don't!
I think that this picture of Dave Brown shows perfect sit position... I got it off of the freefly training center website... My suggestion is to look at as many pictures and as much footage as you can. you'll learn more from watching, studying, and jumping, than you will in the forums, you know? Try to figure out what the air feels like when it passes around you.
Sunny it sounds like everyone has good advice so just one thing to keep in mind while learning to stand especially when you are going to be jumping with other freeflyers. You will most likely experience some unstablness on your first few dives so be prepared for it and make sure you are always able to cork into a stable freeflying position to keep your speed up.
Before going to a stand you should be able to do the following. hold heading. move forward ,backward, side to side, turn 360 right, 360 left. Once you can do all of those with proficiency, then move on to the stand. Everyone should learn to walk before they run. The same criteria applies to the stand before going to head down orientation.