How To Handglide

Just like so many of the moves in breakdancing, learning how to Handglide is a careful blend of mastering balance as well as strength. The Handglide is one of those moves that you can only learn through natural progression. If you're arms and midsection aren't strong enough you won't be able to balance. If your balance sucks, then you won't be able to pull off a Handglide. Each and every piece has to be in place for you to master the Handglide. So, if you're feeling comfortable balancing and you're strong enough to hold yourself up on your two arms and hands, here's how you Handglide.

  1.  Getting started. The first step to doing a Handglide is to get into the Turtle position. You need to learn to balance all of your weight on your two hands and wrists. To get into the Turtle you need to create a support system with your upper arms to hold your body weight. To do that you need to bring your elbows together and press your arms against your midsection right between your waist and hip area to about the belly button. Lean forward on your hands and bring your legs close to your torso. Now its very important that your legs are spread and tucked on both sides of your body for balance. You may need to hunch your back to hold the position, but you should be holding all of your weight on your two hands and wrists at this point. Once you can hold the Turtle position for a solid amount of time, you're ready to graduate to the Handglide.
  2. Learning to spin. It's not as easy as it sounds. You need to shift the majority of your weight on to one hand while using the other hand to push off the floor to spin in a circular motion. You will also need to reposition the elbow of your balancing arm in order to redistribute the weight. Earlier on, it may be easier if you put some sort of cloth or material under your balancing hand to reduce the friction on the floor making it easier to spin. As you get more and more comfortable with the whole balancing aspect, you'll notice that you can spin faster and you won't even need the cloth to do it.
  3. Practice, practice, practice. Doing a Handglide by itself is sort of cool, but you know it isn't as cool as being able to incorporate a Handglide into a full dancing routine. You need to learn how to get into the maneuver as quickly as possible as well as transitioning out of it just as fast. After you've mastered the move, practice getting in and out of it quickly so you can get to another move.
  4. Hard stuff. Once you get really good at the Handglide, you can put your own spin on it. There's B-boys out there that can do Handglides perfectly horizontal. Can you imagine the level of strength and balance they need to pull a move off like that? Then, they can seamlessly transition into more techniques. If you want to get like them, you're going to spend a lot of time practicing, and a lot of time picking yourself up off the ground.



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