Kick ups from the ground have been something I've been working on since I picked up a hoop. for the longest time i just couldn't get it. i couldn't understand because i can leg hoop really well, i hardly have to think about it. Then yesterday we had our weekly hoop jam and my friend was like, "dude try toe-lifting it with the other foot", and i nailed it!
So in case anyone is having issues with this trick I'll lay out how I got it to work for me. Warning, this will hurt your ankles. Use leg warmers or thick socks if you don't mind the restriction of them. (i normally hoop with bare feet and am generally more comfortable with barefeet.)
background info: i hoop to the left. reverse my instructions if you're a right hooper! =) 1. place hoop on the ground with the main opening to your left side. this means that the hoop should stick out mostly straight in front of you before rounding to the side. stick your right foot into the hoop and under. 2. taking your left foot, kick the hoop left (i often use the side of my foot rather than my heel just because it hurts less after practicing.) 3. put your left foot back in the hoop and toe-lift the hoop up with your right foot as it comes around. then simply leg hoop and the hoop should be around yours knees at this point! *i suggest practicing leg hooping and then letting the hoop fall and toe-lifting it back up a couple times, this way you get the timing down.*
I challenge you! Whenever your hoop falls to the ground during a jam session, use a kick up to get it going again rather than lifting it with your hands. I had such issues not using my hands i ended up duct taping them so i COULDN'T pick anything up!
Yeah that's it...it's almost like a "hackey sack" (ok some of you people probably dont' remember those gosh darn I'm old) move with your foot. I love this move (mental note to self...go practice that, you haven't in a while!)
SO I finally did a successful kick start last night... FINALLY, I was so proud! :) & Thankfully, people were there to see it too, hahaha.. So there is no debating it happened! But my ankle is SO bruised and borderline swollen. It also kind of hurts to put weight on it!! I always underestimate the weight of my hoop, and the delicacy of my ankle. Warning to everyone: you will hurt your ankles doing this! I promise!
haha, thanks I plan on it. I've been using lighter 1/2" hoops lately, but I used my hoopnotica travel hoop yesterday and it weighs a ton. How long did it take you practicing before it didn't bruise your ankle?
i practiced like crazy for three days then forced myself to not do it at all for nearly a week, now that i've gotten it down i don't really practice it much unless my hoop falls, so i havent noticed any bruising or very much soreness