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larry_-_twist.mpg

going into a butterfly twist, make sure you've been swinging your arms, and that your chest is relatively low and parallel to the ground. its important for you to start low, because then you can get height when you jump.. if you start with your chest high and try to twist, you'll most likely drill down into the ground.. keeping your torso low chambers your weight so you can get your body UP when you jump..

 

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when you jump off, the most important thing is... DON'T SPIN RIGHT AWAY!!! swing your leg up HARD, and with that lift your chest up. try to get as much lift as possible from your torso while keeping it relatively parallel to the ground. it might help to tighten/flex your leg when you swing it up, that can bring it up harder. lifting your leg and torso get you height.. but be sure to STALL and get to the PEAK of your jump before you do any spinning! if you've read the 540 tips then you'll know what im talkin about. the same thing applies.. as soon as you spin you stop gaining height. so jump FIRST and get as high as you possibly can before spinning. several things can help with this... when you do butterfly kicks high you feel your chest "floating" somewhat.. right? practice doing kicks and getting that "floating" feeling.. that can help you time your twist, since you're pretty much at the peak of your jump when you "float"..




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larry_-_twist.mpg

twisting over isn't as hard as it might look, but it takes some practice. its really really scary at first but it should get easier after time. use your arms to help turn you over. in the picture, you can see that larry's left arm is going back in the direction of his kidney.. winding your arms around your body like that works. to get even more spin, you can do this steve terada style and do "elbow strikes" with your elbows.. that'll help force your body over. when you're first learning, just try to get the spin down, and dont worry about your legs. as you get better, you can start controlling your legs. perfect form would be to have them straight.. for that you should keep your leg muscles tightened and flexed the whole time, forcing them to be straight during the entire move. you can also get your legs to spin around like a "blender".. meaning a kim do butterfly twist for example. keep one leg tightened and totally straight (the one you jump off with, in these pictures it'd be the left leg), and keep the other leg bent. download the kim do butterfly twist clips and this is exactly what he does. you can also keep both your legs bent, this is the ugliest form but it makes you spin the fastest. it really helps to bend both your legs when you're trying to learn more advanced twists like hypertwists and doubletwists.


 

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larry_-_twist.mpg

when you're about done doing the twisting, its time to land. again it can be really hard and seemingly impossible at first but practice and you'll get it. for some people it helps if they try to "twist kick" the ground when they see it. basically just try and stick your leg down on the ground when you see it. for some people its mental, they put their hands down when they dont really need to. in this case you should think mentally that you're gonna do a twist perfectly and land on your feet ONLY.. that should help. if you find yourself crashing on your knees and side, DONT WORRY.. its perfectly normal. just keep at it and go back to the regular butterflies if you have to, but dont give up..

 

larry_-_twist.mpg
larry_-_twist.mpg

when you're able to land a twist, you should probably just step out of it naturally, going with the flow of the momentum. that way, its easier to learn how to combo out of twists with 540 and wheel kick, etc. when you combo out of a twist, its basically flowing with your momentum and using the momentum you had as an advantage. in that sense 540s should be easier coming out of twists.. because your body's already going in the right direction. just practice the timing and you should get it.