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Old January 20th, 2015, 02:35 AM   #1
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Default A brief primer to the windmill family of tricks

Reverse windmill is probably my favorite slalom trick, so I figured I'd write a brief introduction to it and the "family" of tricks it belongs to. In English, the forwards variation is usually called chicken foot, and the backwards variation is known as a variation of seat belt, or baek ban in Korean. Unfortunately, I couldn't find too many videos on youtube, so I will mostly be using youku videos instead.

At its core, any windmill variant is simply an outer-edge turn/spin. Turn sharply enough, and you will spin. Having good balance one one foot/wheel is a must, and all of the basic principles related to spinning tricks also apply for them.


Traveling forwards windmill - B level trick

One-cone forwards windmill - A level trick

One-cone forwards toe windmill - A level trick

Note that there are two common entry techniques to forwards windmills. One that comes straight out of a sun, where your counter-foot is almost leading, and another where you enter it almost like a footspin or rekil and your counter-foot lags behind, possibly even stalling a bit before coming forwards and using the momentum to propel the spin. I personally prefer the latter method, but both are valid and you should use whatever feels more comfortable (or of course, learn both!).

One-cone backwards heel windmill - A level trick
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYLMXZfTWCM (toe, grabbed)

Traveling backwards windmill - B level trick
A.K.A. Baek Ban

Traveling backwards toe windmill - A level trick
A.K.A. Backwards (reverse?) seven

Of the variations, traveling backwards windmill (baek ban) is the most popular, so I'll go a little more in-depth with it. I'll also be referring to it as reverse windmill, simply because that's what I'm used to doing.
First, here is a simplified version of the trick. It is often called a reverse windmill, but it alternates between outer and inner edges and is an easier trick over all. Still, it does help to learn this first before learning reverse windmills.
One-foot continuous edge switching - C level trick

Now that that's out of the way, here are a couple more videos to better demonstrate what a reverse windmill really is:
The second video in particular is meant to show you all of the steps involved with the trick.

Most people begin the trick either with a sun, or a back nelson -> sun, but I've also seen people do the trick straight out of a back nelson (note: not easy).
Following the sun, your feet should be perpendicular, and your body should be in a slight crouch. From this position, push off your counter-foot (the one you won't be spinning on), keep the counter-foot in a hooked position, and just travel backwards while maintaining a really sharp turn. After the first rotation the trick repeats itself, exerting force in the same direction as before only now you no longer have a counter-foot to push off of, so this will require quite a bit of practice before you are able to achieve more than 2 rotations.

Some people will also perform the trick by kicking out their leg after every iteration. This doesn't really make the trick easier or harder, but it does help for if you want to learn the returning variant of reverse windmill:
Here are a couple of tutorial videos that might explain it a little better:

Reverse windmills can also be used to transition into other tricks. The obvious transition would be into sevens, and you will often see people in competitions start their sevens with a reverse windmill. Martin Sloboda also uses reverse windmill to transition into backwards footgun, which you can see in many of his competition videos.
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