BBoy Essay Research Paper The Origin of

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B-Boy Essay, Research Paper The Origin of the Flare The first Flare was done by Canadian gymnast Phillip Delassal in the mid-1970’s. It was seen and bit by American Kurt Thomas and competed at the World Gymnastics Championships. The skill is often referred to as a Thomas, or a Thomas Flare because he was the first to use the skill at the World Championships, but props need to be given where they are due and Delassal was the innovator of this now common trick. The Flare is a modification of the most basic element on Pommel Horse, the Double Leg Circle. Often Breakers will refer to the D.L.C. as a legs together flare, but this is a mistake since the Circle has existed for well over a century! The Flare is a straddled Double Leg Circle. The Flare was first done on the Pommel

Horse, then taken to the Floor Exercise by gymnasts and then to the dance floor by Bboys. No Bboy should ever be ashamed of the origin of any of our moves. We have borrowed moves from many styles of human movement and other forms of dance. A perfect example is “the Swipe” which is borrowed from an African tribal dance. Bboys have done things with these moves that never occurred to those at the source, and this originality is the heart of Bboying. Terminology 1. The Double Leg Circle (D.L.C.): The Double Leg Circle is the basic gymnastics element performed on Pommel Horse and it this movement on which the Flare is based. The legs are together and straight as they perform an elevated circle in the horizontal plane. During the entire performance of the skill the body is

suspended on the hands. 2. The Delassal or Thomas Flare: A D.L.C. performed in the straddle position. 3. Front Support: Front Support is the start of a push up position. Imagine prone position with the arms straight and the body tight. 4. Rear Support: The opposite of Front Support. Imagine sitting down in a Pike position with your hands on the floor beside you. Now lift your bottom off the floor so that the body is held tight and straight. Your fingers should be pointing either towards the toes or out to the side. All that is touching the floor is your hands and your heels. 5. Side Support: With your body out to one side hold yourself in Support. Only one hand and the outside of one foot should be touching the floor. The body should be held straight and tight. 6. Flanking

Forwards: When you are moving from Front Support through Side Support to Rear Support. 7. Flanking Backwards: When you are moving from Rear Support through Side Support to Rear Support. 8. Planche: The word Planche is french for board. It is a strength hold move where you hold your body parallel to the floor. Imagine front support with your feet off the floor or a handstand with the body parallel to the floor. It can be done tucked, Straddled or for the most advanced, with the legs together. 9. Centre of Gravity (C.O.G.): The Centre of Gravity is the point around which the body rotates. It is also the balance point of the body. Every object has a Centre of gravity for humans it is located close to the belly button. Think of a handspin and you can get the concept of the C.O.G.

being both the Balance Point and the Centre of Rotation. 10. Base of Support (B.O.S.): The name is self explanatory. Any object resting on another has a B.O.S. A object (or person) is stable if the C.O.G. is over the B.O.S. If the C.O.G. is located outside the B.O.S. the object will fall. The wider the base of support the easier it is for the C.O.G. to be within the base and therefor the more stable the object. 11. Torque: Torque is a force applied at a point away from an objects C.O.G. This off centre force causes rotation. The same example from #9 of a handspin is a good example of torque. When you push off the floor with your free hand in order to initiate rotation in a handspin that is Torque. Understand the Flare The Flare is a variation of the D.L.C. on Pommel Horse.