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Hoop Tutorial: Escalator Catch (tips in description)

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Published on Apr 17, 2013

Sorry about the wind noise. Really basic tutorial for an escalator catch. Come to think of it, I didn't really include that much information... so here's some tips:

You probably won't get this the first time. If you get your arm in the hoop, you're more than halfway there. Most of this move is in getting that first hinge movement of the hoop at the top. A fake chicken grip helps for this (if unfamiliar with chicken grip, look it up on YouTube). I say fake grip, because your arm is in the position but you're not actually holding the hoop in your hand - it's more like a contact grip on the back of your hand or forearm. You can hold it and swing it down, which might sound easier, but it's not really and then the hoop only hinges twice instead of thrice.

It doesn't matter what size/weight/material hoop you're using, but it might cause the need for extra practice. Lighter and smaller tend to be easier here. If it's windy and your hoop is light, learn this trick facing the wind. If doing the behind-the-back variation, learn this trick with the wind on your back. That way the wind will push the hoop towards you. Good wind.

This move works best with no spin or some backspin on the airborne hoop. I've found front spin makes it bounce away a bit when you swoop it up.

Pay attention if your arms get in the way. The passive arm should be pinned to your sides as soon as you go to catch it. Your catching arm should then shoot down to catch the hoop as it wobbles around your body.

Try to avoid jumping or lunging too much during, as this could make counterproductive forces on the hoop. If you do lunge, if the hoop is being stubborn about the way it falls, or if you've only sort of just barely caught it, you can swing your body in a downward spiral to add momentum. This is hard to explain, but if you try this move as slowly as possible you can feel.

To end this movement, catch it in your hand at the bottom for your basic escalator pose. Or, spin sharply before the last drop to go into waist hooping. Or, catch at the bottom and jump through it before chaining on all your other mad skills. Use your imagination and creative flailing.

Have fun!

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