A headstand freeze is a relatively easy break dancing move because you have the option of having both of your hands on the ground if you're not comfortable with only one hand or no hands.
You must still develop some skill in holding different positions on your head, in order to freeze without falling or injuring yourself.
Remember to warm-up a bit before trying these moves so that you limit your chances of injury. I usually do some neck and shoulder rotations, and some top rocking for a couple of minutes before attempting anything similar.
This tutorial will show you how to progressively build some confidence and strength on your head, so that you can freeze in different positions.
Before you even think about freezing on your head, you have to build up some neck strength and balance. I can't stress this point enough, because you will get injured if you try something too difficult right off the bat.
SIDENOTE: You may want to find some kind of hat (like a
) to provide some cushioning for your head.
Here's how you want to build your balance and neck strength.
Get down on your knees and put the top of your head on the ground in front of you.
Now put your hands on the ground, on each side of your head (one foot to each side, and one foot in front of your face). Your fingers can be slightly spread and should be facing away from your knees.
You'll now lift one knee up (either one) and put it on your elbow (the one on the same side). Rest the inside of your knee cap on the elbow to make easier.
The other knee will probably come off the ground when you do this, but keep those toes on the ground for balance.
At this point, you have your head, your hands, and one foot supporting your body weight.
Get comfortable with this position and practice putting more weight on your head and hands.
Once that's done, you can put your other knee on the other elbow (just like the first one). This may be a bit more difficult if you've never done it before.
Again, you want to practice this position until you're really comfortable with it. I realize it's not the most beautiful position (you have your butt up in the air), but that's how you practice it at first.
Falling from a Headstand
You should practice falling backwards from the headstand so that you know how to take it when it happens.
As you start falling backwards, you can do one of two things to protect yourself. Choose which ever one you're more comfortable with and practice it so that you'll be ready when it happens for real.
The first way to fall backwards is to roll. The second way to fall is to fold.
You roll backwards just like they do in gymnastics. That means you let one your shoulders make contact with the floor, and then round your back to roll down to your butt.
If you roll on your right shoulder, have your right leg bent so that you can put your weight on it as soon as your done rolling.
If rolling doesn't feel right for you, you can always try to fold.
The fold is taken from the chinese get-up. You'll basically let yourself fall on both your shoulders as you fold at the hips. When it's done right, you should be able to attempt a chinese get-up right after you've folded.
For the beginner position, you can now try to lifting your knees off of your elbows. Bring them straight up in the air slowly, then back down if it doesn't feel right.
Ideally, you want to have your upper body perfectly straight up. At first though, it's alright to have your upper body slightly leaning towards your hands to prevent yourself from falling backwards.
You'll soon realize that it's way easier to have your legs spread out when in a headstand. However, it's good practice to bring your legs together and keep them like that as long as possible.
The way to build up your neck strength is to practice it consistently and for longer periods of time.
To get better balance, you want try moving your legs in various positions when practicing. You also want to gradually put less weight on your hands, and more on your head.
A good exercise is to go from having your both hands on the ground, to only your finger tips, to only two fingers (one from each hand), then one finger, and then no fingers (it's not easy to hold for more than 2 seconds without falling).
Transitioning In and Out
Now that you have the balance and neck strength to freeze on your head, you can try getting in and out of it from other positions.
For instance, you practice transitioning from the turtle position, to a headstand freeze, to a handstand, and then back down. This will build up your strength and balance quickly and efficiently... just make sure you're warmed up first.
Create new transitions and incorporate them into your own routine.
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