After mastering the Seat & Back Landing Positions, it's now the perfect time to get your Knees & Front landing technique dialled in! You don't have a huge margin for error with front drops, so nailing these moves will progress your air awareness and prevent you from getting a face full of trampoline.
(Narrating/Skiing: Dean Bercovitch. Film/Edit: Vince Emond. Filmed At: Whistler Bounce)
Just A Reminder
You'll likely find that the Tramp Skis will be getting in your way if you try to wear them while landing on your hands and knees. Keep these aside for now and add them to the front drop once you're killing it!
Starting With Hands & Knees
Before we get going, make sure to practice the Hands & Knees position:
- On the ground, get onto your knees, hands and feet. Making sure your knees are bent at roughly 90°.
- While in this position, practice jumping around on the floor to get familiar with the movements.
- Keeping your hands planted, slide your legs back. The goal here is to get your thighs and chest to touch down at the same time. Once down, creating a triangle with your hands will help you to get completely flat.
- While laying on your front, bend your knees so that your shins are perpendicular to the trampoline. This will be especially important once you get to the point that you're practicing with your Tramp Skis on.
Dean showing off the perfect form.
Time To Move Onto The Tramp!
Starting with small bounces on a mat in the Hands & Knees position, kick your legs back in order to push you into that flat front drop position. Once you're feeling comfortable going between both the positions on the tramp, it's time to get on yer' feet!
Looking good Dean!
The key to stomping nice flat front drops is getting into that Hands & Knees position while in the air then popping your feet out behind you. As soon as you're able to land flawlessly every time, pull the mat away and there you have it, a nice, square flat drop.
Now that you've mastered the front drop, throw on the Tramp Skis and step up your tramp training game!
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