So, here's what I am working on now and what my goals are. Class has 6 stations, plus there's a few things I am working on on my own. The stations are presented in the order I usually go through them, but the starting points are by choice.
I had to try extra hard to not have all the videos feature 7 year old girls, because apparently that is who do the most gymnastics videos, and it looks really, really easy when they do it. Never watch the kids.
A basic kick to handstand. I'm getting close to where I want to be with these. When I can reliably kick up and hold for 10-15 seconds (I'm at a few seconds now, and not quite reliably), I'll be looking for harder things like:
I'm getting close with these; mostly I am still having trouble getting my hips squared off. Which will eventually lead into;
and in the "long term only maybe possible", aerials - aka no-hand cartwheels.
3. Wall Handstands
I'm also moving into straddle wall handstands
and trying to get my feet away form the wall entirely, so I'm just doing a handstand *next* to a wall.
This is one of the techniques I have been progressing at slowly. I can definitely do them, but I can't hold it very long, and I'm not happy with my hand positioning.
The progressions form this are bending backwards into it from standing, and then things like kickovers. Which I don't find exciting.
Related stuff I do want to do include:
And in the "stretch goal" category, backflips:
(and that's my coach doing it)
I have already graduated from these, and instead now do front rolls out of handstands:
Eventually this station just merges with 1. to be extra handstand time.
6. Back rolls.
Necessary for back roll to handstand, back flips and other fun things. I cannot for the life of me get my hands into the ground to push off of.
Some of it is that I learned aikido rolls as a teenager and have a hell of a time not turning to one side.
My coach is trying me on pushup rolls to get me using my hands.
They have no gone well thus far.
My own goals:
Starting with Crow Pose
I can now do crow pose for 30 seconds, 3 times, on a good day with a hard floor.
I'm trying to transition to Crane pose:
And both of these are in pursuit of some day being able to do a planche:
That will take a while.
The other thing I am working on is butterfly kicks, because they look cool with swords.
I have the basic technique, but not much height.