Damien Henderson asked if I could redo the tutorial for quadrants and X-catches (from way back in 2013). I made this flash video to address the question. A flash video is a video where I just turn on my webcam, hit record and throw the raw video online. No fancy editing, but the info is out there!
Deeper look into quadrants and S-Catches
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Great video Ken! I’ve always been super curious about that crossed arm doubles spin (@ 8:05). I practiced it a little bit and now I’ve hit my face everywhere, but I’m alright. I’m starting to feel the motion a little bit, and I’m trying to pay attention to the movement of each hand as well as my hips turning, but is there any other piece of advice you have for that motion specifically? That’s one of the sexiest tricks I’ve been trying to nail down lately.
Whoops, nevermind, I guess I needed to let my head not get hit for a moment to type that request, and after I got off the chair, I had it! Anyways, any tips on how to keep it going smoothly, or is it just a matter of practice now?
Hey Devin! Awesome! I’m glad you got it. So everything is a matter of practice, but if you have the fundamental down, it’s really about fine tuning it. At first, you can use your elbows more, but in the end, most of the control should be a subtle move of the fingertips to adjust the angle while the hips generate most of the continual motion! Having both of those working together is the key!
Thanks! I’ll pay special attention to that!
Wow some of those quadrant spin excerises really work the forearm, I tried spinning across the torso/behind the head and it really puts all the work into the forearm, I think I really needed something like that to help build more speed and dexterity. Thanks Ken!
It really is a workout, I know! There’s a style of spinning that can be very cardio…and it also tends to look pretty cool. Give it a shot and, if you can, send a video !
I love it! I can do alot more than give it a shot, I will hammer at it and get it down 😀 I recorded 25 minutes of practice this morning and will clip some highlights of the good and bad from it to share when i get off work tonight
I gave it a shot really enjoyed the movement I will definitely continue to work at them. So far I can occasionally get a good flow with it for short bursts. My main issues are some light tapping on the my head and lower back, the lower begind the back ones also are difficult for me to flow cleanly into, i find myself putting in a extra rotation to the side before getting from the front to the back. Great tutorial thanks so much for lesson and advice Ken. I am not sure why but I cant embed my clip in here but the you tube link is- https://youtu.be/gqBnqZNSqCc