How to Tornado kick_2_Aerial

June 6, 2012 Training

A tornado kick swinging into an aerial. Look,

What you need:

You need a tornado kick and an axe2aerial. It’s helpful to train your axe2aerial with a curvy inside crescent kick too. This combo isn’t challenging physically. However, this combo can be technically fussy.

Things to try:

There are a few ways to go about getting this combo. Strive to find a balance between these ideas when developing your Tornado kick_2_aerial combo.

Try this,

Aerial out-and-off to the side you are traveling, meaning: After you place your tornado kick in the air, aerial outward and through using the kick, don’t aerial down into the ground. I can think of two ways to help accomplish this,

#1, Start the tornado kick with more sideways momentum, so you can use that momentum in the aerial (this only works if you keep that momentum going to the side that is). Look at the first clip on plyo in the above video, notice I was trying it with a round kick, hook kick before the tornado to give me that side momentum I’m talking about.

#2, Just focus on reaching out like crazy when you aerial. Condense the whole combo into an intense effort to reach out with your aerial to get away from your tornado kick. Swim! SWIM!

Try this,

Keep your body up! When you take that kick into the aerial, try to aerial through and keep your body high, instead of kissing the ground.

Try this,

Keep everything up front! You know how on a b-twist you gotta swing around behind yourself after the dip? Well, on a tornado kick_2_aerial you gotta keep everything in front of you after the kick. Don’t go aerial’ing back behind yourself! Pay attention to where your base foot is pointing before you go into the aerial to help prevent this from happening. The first three screwups in the video above show me making this mistake.

Try this,

Be weary of where you angle your base foot. After you tornado kick, if you’ve got too much spin and you point your foot kind of behind you, you’ll be aerial’ing back behind you (which, in my opinion, is the worst aesthetic for this trick and is a disaster). But if you still have that spin from the tornado kick, and you try to do the aerial down directly in front of you (see below)… Your body will get blocked a bit, and compromise between the torque of the tornado kick and your intention to aerial in front of you instead of off to the side… And you’ll end up doing the tornado kick_2_aerial to the side with the best aesthetic. But anyway, consider doing something like this before you try to neuter your tornado kick. Again, look at my tornado kick screw ups in the video above compared to my good ones, and pay attention to where the base foot is pointing right before aerial’ing. Did you see it?

Try this,

Do a tornado kick and aerial down directly in front of you. Oddly enough, this can sometimes create the same look as taking it to the side. You’re trying to aerial straight down in front of you but you’re going to the side anyway. It’s weird, but it can happen, and it can fix the whole thing. If it doesn’t take you to the side, it will create a different aesthetic which is pleasing in its own way. One way to accomplish this is to think of the tornado kick as a jump-spin front kick, and then to axe that front kick as an axe2aerial straight down in front of yourself.

Try this,

Neuter your tornado kick. Try a different kind of tornado kick, and in this case it’s just a jump-spin front kick, but heavily minimize the spin component of the kick itself. Strong spin in a tornado kick is what makes the combo difficult to control (but it’s also part of what makes this combo look its best when you master it).

Try this,

Stop thinking, use brute force! If you’re confusing yourself trying to outsmart this combo by being cautious with how you’re placing your kick prior to aerial’ing, stop it! Sometimes you need forget the technical nuances of this combo and just use brute force. Throw out that kick hard and swing into the aerial hard no matter which way it goes through or which direction your body is facing. If you’re lucky, you’ll be unconsciously placing your body in the right position for the aerial and this focusing on force alone can get you through beautifully.

Try this,

Jump into the aerial. Continuing on with the brute force theme: Instead of brooding over your body alignment and which direction your momentum is going, simply jump like crazy into the aerial. Stop thinking, just jump. Rebound quickly off the tornado kick’s base leg. Maybe try jumping through with the aerial. Hehe!

Try this,

Try crisscrossing your arms after the tornado kick. So if you’re going to your left (right leg tornado kick), throw your left arm directly to the right across your body like you’re slapping someone (toward your right armpit), and your right arm over the left shoulder as you go into the aerial: Simultaneously. If you do it right you won’t tangle, it’ll magically open you up pretty effectively to pass through. You can try it with a bit of a curve in both limbs too so it’s not a straight path. If this is not helping you, don’t do it. Hahahaha.

Try this,

Try different kinds of tornado kicks. Some days some styles work better than others. Try some where you do not throw the kick across, instead bring it up like a stretch kick to the side and don’t let it cross the body. Try that sometimes with the non-kicking leg opened up a bit so it’s kind of a flare’ish split look. Try it with a snap sometimes and sometimes without a snap. And of course try it as a smooth, inside crescent kick. Try it all different ways.

Try this,

Try different tornado kick setups and setup angles. You don’t need to add huge variation here, only a few degrees difference here and there will provide big changes. But for the bigger changes, going back and forth between a side2side setup and a front step through setup will provide enough difference; So you can find your balance between those two extremes.

Try this,

Experiment with both how high you jump and how high you kick in your tornado kick. Try to jump really high with the tornado kick so you have a wild amount of momentum going into the aerial. Also try it with a tiny hop so you have a little better control of the aerial. You’d be surprised that the really high jumping and kicking can give you the best results (because if you channel that momentum, you’ll fly through the combo). But if your high jumps and brute force are ending ugly, back up a bit and try a little restraint as you mess with the technical nuances of the combo (meaning, neuter your tornado kick).

Try this,

Try it from a combo. The flash kick_2_tornado kick_2_aerial combo in the above video, as well as the 540 kick_tornado kick_2_aerial combo in the above video, are actually easier than a regular tornado kick_2_aerial. It has to do with the way those combos regulate the spin component of the tornado kick into something more manageable, and how they also put you in a manageable alignment to just get into the aerial with no hassle. So I encourage you to try the tornado kick_2_aerial from a combo. Try the ones I did and make some up yourself too!

Conclusion

Watch the video I made above and see the differences between some of my tornado kick_2_aerials. Watch my screw ups too and see if you can determine what went wrong. Try all the stuff I mentioned on this page, and keep training your side aerials and axe2aerials. You can also try training a jump stretch kick_2_aerial too. There are lots of things you can do. Balance mindful, gentle approaches to this combo with stupidly aggressive approaches. Be patient too, this is one of those combos you can try for 40 minutes with no luck and then start nailing it like you’ve had it for years. (It’s also one of those combos you can have for years and then one day fail it for 40 minutes with no luck before you start nailing it like you’re supposed to!) HAVE FUN!

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