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Belly Carving

This is the third video in IBA’s Dynamic Progression ‘how-to’ series, Belly Carving. Belly carving, is a mix of skills that pull from everything that you have learned as a competent belly flyer, combining them together carefully to create a balanced and smooth circular motion around the tunnel that will ultimately lead to head up and head down carving.

Learning Points

  • To carve on your belly in a consistent circle around the tunnel with your head toward the center of the tunnel, looking down and behind you.
  • To also carve on your belly in a constant circle around the tunnel with your head away from the center, close to the tunnel wall and your knees close to the center.
  • Both carving techniques should be done using the correct body positions, with special attention paid to your legs, a long body position when necessary and the correct amount of de-arch in your chest at the appropriate time.
  • The carves should be performed in both directions in order to be considered mastered.

Other Dynamic Progression Videos

First video, Back to belly front flip
Second video, Back to belly back flip