Rolling the Russian Way

22 Apr

In Russia there were some classes with trainers who i didn’t know, very skilled people but not normally teaching every week.

One such morning session, had a group of us, doing some very interesting movement drills;

– From a full down squatting position roll forward into the same low squat position in one movement – it is one movement. If you do this right it feels like you roll as one whole piece and land as one whole peice. Your weight starts on two legs and finishes on two legs

– From a standing position roll forward the same as the last roll and land in a squat. Your body should be collected and whole.

– Then the next step is from a standing position to roll forward and in one movement let the momentum and weight of the roll take you and stand you up. In the roll the weight will be in your whole body, when both feet land to get support, your body weight will be in your feet (tip: let your body weight travel up to your upper body and this will bring you standing up from the roll – without using strength.

– Afterwards you can do many kinds of rolls rolling sideways from standing, rolling forward, landing on one leg and coming up.

The most important thing: These are done in one continuous movement – no breaks in the movement.

(You can try using a shorter inhale/exhale to make the movement flow)

5 Responses to “Rolling the Russian Way”

  1. Jerome April 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Do you have a video showing these different rolls the russian way ? I find the one body unity control quite difficult to do on all the moves. Thank you for the information.

    • thomashogarth April 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

      Hi Jerome,

      I have just made a video of the rolls from this post. I will post tomorrow for you.

      • Jerome April 25, 2013 at 1:56 am #

        Can’t wait to watch your video ! Thank you Tom.

  2. Jerome November 23, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Hi Thomas,
    Nice smooth rolls ! Too bad your video is quite dark.

    • thomashogarth November 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

      Thanks Jerome. I will make some more in the future in a more lighted area

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