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Back Flying Turns

To master the basics of back flying, understanding and being controlled while turning is key. You will use this skill every time you are back flying in order to maintain a heading and to control turns and maneuver yourself when flying with a partner. The techniques described here will outline what is necessary to be successful at turning on your back.

Learning Points

Basic

Beginner (on net)

  • To start a turn, point both ankles in the direction you want your lower body to travel. Your thighs should remain at 90 degrees to your torso with your torso straight throughout.
  • To start a turn with your upper body, based upon the direction you want to travel, rotate one arm, placing the palm of that hand into the wind while extending that arm to “push” your upper body in the opposite direction. Your opposite arm will bend with your hand above your head and again, rotating the wrist so the palm of your hand is in the airflow.
  • To stop the turn, reverse those moves to create a drive in the opposite direction, and maintain that position until the rotation has stopped.

Intermediate (off the net)

  • To start a turn, point both ankles in the direction you want your lower body to turn. Increase the angle of your legs by slightly bending at the knee, lowering your ankles to use all of lower leg to help the turn. Your thighs should remain at 90 degrees to your torso with your torso straight throughout.
  • Similar to the basic technique, position your arms to create the movement for the required direction.
  • Coordinate the use of both your upper body and lower body positions to aim for a more center point turn. Ensure that the lower body is positioned so its drive is opposite to the drive created with your upper body.
  • To stop the turn, reverse the positions of your lower and upper body to create a drive in the opposite direction and maintain that position until the rotation has stopped.
  • Begin to include picking up grips after each turn and also presenting your leg grips to your coach for grips to be taken.

Advanced

Advance (off the net)

  • Start and stop the turns with coordinated use of your upper and lower body.
  • To increase the level of difficulty, you can practice turning and adjusting altitude to a pre-determined height at the same time, once you have mastered up and down movement.
  • You can also learn to move forward / backward while you are turning.
  • Prepare some back-fly routines with your coach to build specific formations.

Download the full lesson plan with images here.

More Video Tutorials

Next tutorial: Back Fly Forwards and Backwards

Previous Tutorial: Back Fly Neutral

IBA Sit Fly Tutorials HERE

IBA Dynamic Progression Tutorials HERE

This article was originally published on @the_iba

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