Jumps And Leaps Jumping and leaping movements are used by all gymnasts. A jump usually takes off from two feet and lands on two feet. In a leap the takeoff is from one foot with the landing on the other foot. Together you can use jumps and leaps to link acrobatic skills or as part of your dance movements in your floor and beam sequences. Good vaulting and mounts onto the beam or bars also demand strong jumping actions.
Vaulting On The Horse Vaulting is one of the most exciting events in gymnastics and top gymnastics now perform vaults of amazing difficulty. They often include summersaults and turns and even takeoffs with a turn so that the vault is performed backward. When you start to vault you will have to practice all the preparatory stages beginning with exercises using the springboard and jumping onto and off the horse learning to land safely on the mat.
Cartwheels And Round Offs The cartwheel and round-off start in a similar way. They are both turning moves performed on the hands with the legs swinging over the top. Both moves can be performed on their own and this is how you will learn to do them. However they are usually linked to other moves such as jumps or flips. You may have already attempted to do cartwheels for fun but for the gymnast cartwheels and round-offs
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