Tag Archives: Bar Skill

Definition: Def

Def: This is an uneven bars release move that is essentially full twisting Gienger, which makes it a back 1&1/2 twisting somersault release move. The originator of the skill was French gymnast, Jacques Def. In women’s gymnastics, Snejana Hristakieva was the first gymnast to do the skill in 1992. Even in women’s gymnastics, though, this […]

Definition: Tap Swing

Tap Swing: Tap swing refers to hollow-arch-hollow swing gymnasts do in giant swings. The purpose of the tap swing in women’s gymnastics developed from the need to avoid the low bar during giant swings. It has evolved as a way to use bar flexion and quickly changing body position to accelerate the speed and power […]

Definition: Higgins

Higgins: A high bar or uneven bar skill done from a handstand, with a 1/2 pirouette and finish in elgrip position. Also called Higgins roll. Floor Bar Higgins Spot Gymnastics Bars Higgins Roll Higgins from Giant Giant to Higgins to Stalder plus This collection of progressions/drills and bar equipment progressions is now put together in […]

Definition: Yamawaki

Yamawaki: A high bar release move first done by Japanese gymnast, Kyoji Yamawaki. It is essentially a stretched Markelov. The FIG has rated it a “D” difficulty skills. Here is a video that begins with a crash and then has Charlie Tamayo doing an incredibly high Yamawaki, with a much different (double arch) tap swing […]

Definition: Markelov

Markelov: A men’s and women’s high bar release move, that is essentially a vault catch. Here is a video of both Svetlana Khorkina and Courtney Kupets, both doing Markelovs on the uneven bars: Here is a video of Soviet gymnast, Vladimir Markelov, who is performing on high bar during the All-Around competition at the 1976 […]

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