Hello fellow aerialist (or random bot or rope nerd)! This week's Theory Thursday may help you if you are working on your Puzzle of the Month! (Boy do I hope there are some bots working on this one...)
Swing seat: beloved for that it lets us sit when our hands and arms get tired. But what is it? What are you sitting on and how does it hold you up?
If you didn't get a chance yet, you can take a look at last week's thigh hitch lesson here.
A swing seat is also a hitch. But for the theory I'm about to lay out to make sense we need to think of thigh hitch as two parallel hitches instead of one unified hitch. Once we do that, we can then move on to realize that swing seat is your thigh hitch with split poles and a body part to hold them in that shape. In this case, that body part is your booty. So it's still a hitch--or a rope structure that depends on an object to hold its shape (unlike a knot).
When you push one pole out and around your bottom hip and under your butt, it crosses OUTSIDE of the other wraps and tails. It has tension on it because that pole is connected to the ceiling (or rigging point etc.). This means that the tension pulls this wrap upward against the rest of the wrap and your body, thereby creating a secure system. What makes this such a versatile position in part is that it secures around one leg and leaves the other free.
Understanding this can help you to design other ways into the swing seat. You know the elements, all you need is a bit of creative thinking.
Several months ago I woke up from a nap and thought "I want a new way into swing seat." I have never liked the look of slicing an arm through the poles no matter how much I tried to finesse it. I thought, "I just need to get above a thigh hitch." An idea popped into my head and since I had silks in my cabin studio at the time, I could test it right then and there. It was a winner. Since then I've worked to elaborate on the sequence and named it after my friend and fellow instructor Caitlin's dog Jasper. The tutorial for this sequence is available on Aerial Silks Online.
If you have a solution to the puzzle of the month (access swing seat without slicing an arm through your poles) be sure to tag @sara.liana.silks and @wakefulascentaerial and #aerialsilkspuzzles.
Okay, if you made it this far, thanks so much! It means so much to me to be able to share this fun topic with you. Have fun!
This week's Theory Thursday is dedicated to last month's Puzzle of the Month. The puzzle was to find a way from thigh hitch to catcher's without "swimming" to hip key, AKA passing the tail overhead with the hands.
To get started on the puzzle, it's helpful to ask how Catcher's works in the first place. What is it?
In the catcher's wrap the pole trains from ceiling, through a same-side knee hook, to behind the back to over the upper thigh of the unhooked leg with the tail draped on the upper inner thigh. The name refers to the fact that this wrap "catches" you, most clearly demonstrated by a bullet drop. Let's think of it in three parts:
1. Same side knee hook
2. Back support (crossing from hooked-knee side to other side of the back)
3. Thigh wrap from outside in with tail descending from inner thigh.
If we can get into a thigh hitch by climbing above a same-side knee hook, then that means that a thigh hitch can be thought of as a same-side knee hook wrap that was moved to the upper thigh. This tells us that if we lower a thigh hitch from hip to knee, we have 1/3 of our catcher's wrap in place. We still need back support and a thigh wrap. The task is to get the tail to cross the back and pass over the opposite leg from the outside to inner thigh.
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If you love exploring aerial silks wraps, you were MADE for this challenge. Last month we searched for ways from thigh hitch to catcher's without swimming to hip key first. I will reveal the 5 solutions I found on Thursday this week--sign up for the newsletter using the form below to get it straight to your inbox.
This month, find a way to swing seat without "slicing through" the poles with your arm from a thigh hitch. I know there are at least three solutions! Remember to ALWAYS apply safety measures when exploring new movements and pathways. Do not fully let go into any wraps you're not confident will support you.
Use #aerialsilkspuzzles and tag @wakefulascentaerial and @sara.liana.silks for a chance to win an aerialist mug, be featured on this blog, and to have your solution included in the end-of-month reveal.
Find a way from a thigh hitch (sometimes known as tourniquet) to a catcher's wrap without swimming out of the thigh hitch (passing the tail over the front body back to hip key).
Can you find the solution that has the fewest steps? Other solutions do not have to be direct; they may include in-between steps, poses, and transitions.
Highlight line below for a clue:
Where does a catcher's wrap support you?
Tag @sara.liana.silks on instagram with your solution and #aerialsilkspuzzles.
Remember that any time you are exploring new movements and transitions you should practice on or right above the ground and with a crash mat.