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Zoter

Oct 21, 2003, 8:03 AM
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Ok Ok Ok...now that I got over that this 'style' isnt some kind of martial art practiced in free fall.....and that my AFF instructor was doing it throughout my course ( oooohhh...so thats why his hands were so close to his body !)
What is Mantis Style....?
What are its pros and cons?
When should you do it?
Where can I learn more about it ?

thanks all!Smile


ifics  (B License)

Oct 21, 2003, 9:02 AM
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The mantis for me out of the Otter was as follows. I would face the pilot, left foot to the edge of door all the way up, right foot follows, one hand in, one hand out. Stick your head out, Prop, up, down ARCH. Its a good exit for AFF because you put yourself right into the wind and get stable really fast. Its the exit I picked when I did my first hop n pop. Hard to explain in words though. Hope this helps.


flylikeahandbag  (D License)

Oct 21, 2003, 9:15 AM
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Have a look at this link might give you some pointers. Smile

Mantis

Better still ask your instructor.


(This post was edited by flylikeahandbag on Oct 21, 2003, 9:17 AM)


ifics  (B License)

Oct 21, 2003, 10:42 AM
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DOH!!! I thought you were talking about the praying mantis exit, I am all screwy nowTongue


(This post was edited by ifics on Oct 21, 2003, 10:43 AM)


jumpinjackflash  (B 27757)

Oct 21, 2003, 9:13 PM
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Nice, thanks, that helps a million.




jjf


JamesNahikian

Oct 21, 2003, 9:40 PM
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What is Mantis Style....?
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Where I jump, "Mantis" refers to _any_ flying attitude that involves pressing the palms of your hands together with fingers extended and pointing towards the same axis the apex of your head aligns with as it travels through the relative wind. This presents different flying challenges, depending on your attitude. Mantis is good practice for the ADT, as you should be ready to play with a spaceball if you can fly the Mantis position with stability in all the positions, and assuming you have basic skydiving awareness.

D. James Nahikian
CHICAGO


riggerrob  (D 14840)

Oct 22, 2003, 8:36 AM
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Junior jumpers learning the Mantis position should remember that it starts with the hips pushed forward slightly. Hip position is the basis of stability.
Also, the picture of the woman (from the British 4-way team) may be inaccurate for men. When most guys try to fly with their knees that wide, they tend to de-arch.
The short term solution is to keep knees closer together, to enable you to arch through your hips. The longer term goal is to stretch out hip flexor muscles so that you can arch with knees wide.


skydivejersey  (C 104696)

Oct 24, 2003, 6:15 AM
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Quote:
Mantis is good practice for the ADT

What is ADT please?



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