Elbow roll

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Begin with a low hand to foot balance (b/w picture 1). B draws the left knee up, the foot remaining on the mat, while lowering the right elbow to a point near the head (picture 2). T maintains an equal distribution of weight on both legs during this phase, but then shifts slightly and momentarily to the right leg to help B turn to the prone position while lowering the left arm parallel to the right one (picture 3). B’s forearms must be kept vertical or the balance will be difficult to hold, especially while moving.

B now draws the right knee up to gain leverage to initiate the completing tum, and T momentarily unweights the right leg to allow B to raise that arm while turning (picture 4). When B is again supine, T steps up on the right leg as B extends the left arm (picture 5).

This stunt is best done with four distinct stops, as some of the intervening positions are awkward to hold. A spotter can be used to hold T’s hands while walking T through the maneuver. Much of the move’s success depends on T’s ability to shift weight at the correct time.

Variations: 

In a handstand :)

Spotting: 

Spot the flyer at the hips, walk over the base while turning with the Flyer.

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International: 
Français: Roulade Dutch: Chinese Walz
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Color photos: FEDEC
BW photos: Balancing & Sport Acrobatics, Stan Buchholtz, 1978