Alternate names: Nah...
Description: An aerial executed from a front lifting axe kick.
Prerequisites: A straight line aerial or an aerial from a swift, forward takeoff.
Equivalent variations: Apart from the axe2webster, you can change the axekick into a different kick such as the following: Side kick, front kick, round kick, or crescent (outside or inside). Also, you can perform various grabs mid technique.
Advanced variations: More difficult swings, like a tornado kick swing through, a cheated 900 kick swing through, or a 360 crescent swing through as examples. Standard advanced variations include: Axe2brandy/aerialtwist/suicideswipe/etc which can all also have their initial kick manipulated.
- Move preview: A single short clip or multiple short clips for observing the skill.
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- The Axe 2 aerial exampler: A video overview of the move with a narrated walk-through.
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- Okay, first off it's always going
to be easier with an initial step up. So keep good posture and keep your
vision focused forward.
- Step up and focus on bringing up
- Okay, all of a sudden we're here!
Now the initial lift of the leg is important. As you get better at the move
you'll want to kick higher and maybe a bit faster / but while learning this
move make sure you lift the leg up gently and controlled. The reasoning
behind this is simple - If you throw all your force up and uncontrolled
then you won't have as much force when the kick comes back down. We want
to have more force coming down than going up.
- Arms, you can keep them up or to
the sides. Just do what's comfortable for you. As I mentioned previously
when learning this move you might want to try only lifting the leg up a
little bit and doing sort of a hop aerial type thingy / and slowly turn
it into something more destructive, hehe...
- kay, pull the leg STRAIGHT BACK
BEHIND YOU! If you can aerial the hips should turn over naturally, so it's
not something that should necessarily be on your mind. Bring the leg directly
behind you (Not angled) and try to keep your body upright as long as possible.
Obviously it doesn't seem like that's a concern when viewing these images,
but it's useful when directing your energy forward. Which is what we'll
cover in the next slide.
- FORWARD! FORWARD! FORWARD! (Good
- I guess it wasn't enough explanation
after all. You want to reach forward on this move. This is accomplished
in two ways. One, keep your body upright as long as possible while bringing
back the kick. If you consciously dip down you'll just dig a hole into the
ground with your skull. Two, bringing the leg directly behind you, pushing
off forward with the base foot, and reaching out forward with your arms.
This move, like any other trick, is a small combination of little 'things'
that equal an entirely awesome (Well, I think this move is awesome at least)
- Now, usually everything is processed
in our little brains before this so this is just the aftermath of our preparation.
Basically if you're having trouble shifting your hips over correctly you
probably didn't learn the aerial well enough. You can aerial you say? Good,
then you should learn it moving forward instead of standing.
- Lalala... Oh yeah, muscle with your
shoulders and arms a bit to get them pulling you through to the end. This
isn't something you think about, it's just done naturally by the body (At
least if you do everything before it correctly.)
- DIG the heel into the ground.
- This move can even be done on concrete
littered with shattered glass.
- The end.
- As usual, go to hell.
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Keep in mind:
- This move is a combination of several small things.
- Keep your body upright as long as possible and your vision focused forward.
- Put more effort when the leg is coming back down rather than when it is
- Let the swinging motion of the leg push you forward (This is accomplished
well when your posture is upright as the leg is kicking behind you).
- Reach forward. FORWARD!
- Push off with base foot to help you go forward.
Specific Problem Advice:
- If you keep drilling into the ground, try reaching forward. Seriously, this
is the number one problem.
- Feel awkward and can't seem to turn your hips over? Better perfect your
forward moving aerial. Standing aerial doesn't help much.
- Keep slamming your hands down? Just don't put them down at all you idiot.
You'll crash the first time but if you keep repetitively slamming them down
you'll set it as a pretty firm habit.
Actually, I had a good deal
of trouble learning this fucker. It's totally easy now but I wasted a lot of time
on it in the beginning before I got some solid advice. Logan helped me a lot on
this move. He told me all about the reaching forward stuff and keeping your back
straight etc. I love the guy, thanks a lot Logan! Anyway, after I started utilizing
his advice I finally landed it. It took me awhile to get the move consistent but
I did. My final advice is this: Don't get frustrated with it and don't waste your
time. It's better to set good habits early with more concentrated attempts than
to set bad habits with work of lesser quality. Don't get in the habit of putting
your hands down and keep the things in mind I mentioned earlier.