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    What is the name of an "acrobatic" figure which consists in tucking on the ground, bending one's neck and doing a forward flip? It's often done by children in PE classes in Poland.

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    Default Re: flip on the gound

    We used to call it a somersault.
    The judoka is doing a somewhat more elegant variety than we did at school.
    Here's a gymnastic version:
    YouTube - Gymnastics : How to Perform a Somersault

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    Default Re: flip on the gound

    Thank you very much!

    I remember I had to do it backwards too. Is it also a somersault?

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    Default Re: flip on the gound

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Thank you very much!

    I remember I had to do it backwards too. Is it also a somersault?
    I'd call it a backward/s somersault. But if you look at the links to the other videos on the right of the somersault one, you'll find videos of all sorts of exercises - cartwheels, handstands, etc.

    Here's a [bad] backwards somersault
    YouTube - Backwards Somersault

    This is what I'd call a backflip, but it's labelled as a backward somersault:
    YouTube - Backward somersault

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    Default Re: flip on the gound

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Here's a [bad] backwards somersault
    Thank you again!
    PS If this is bad, then what should I call mine?
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 28-Jul-2010 at 13:21.

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    Default Re: flip on the gound

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Thank you again!
    PS If this is bad, then how should I call mine?
    Do not look down on yourself, Bird. we all of us took that kind of exercises... I found myself quite laughable.

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