Difficulty rating = Difficult
By - Bliss:
aerial is just a cartwheel done with no hands so you should learn how
to do a very smooth and fast cartwheel before attempting an aerial.
Many people claim that you should learn the one handed cartwheel also,
but the aerial and the one handed cartwheel are totally different.
(1) Learn how to do a cartwheel:
First, lift your left leg and
raise your arms up in a ready position. Bend downwards and place your
left foot on the ground. Now bend down more and place your left palm
down in front of your left foot. Now raise your right leg which should
be in back of you into the air. After that put your right palm down in
a line with your left palm and left foot and finally raise your left
leg and bring it above you. As your left leg goes up, your right leg
should be landed or about to land. The farther apart your legs are the
better it will look. While landing on your left leg, bring your arms up
your cartwheel until it is very smooth and you can land
it very lightly. After a while if you do it extremely fast you should
feel a popping up movement when you land. Always try to compact your
cartwheel also. In order to do an aerial, your cartwheel has to be very
compact and can't be very wide. As you master your cartwheel, try
kicking inwards at the end when you bring your legs up. When you feel a
popping movement, you can try the aerial.
Now try an aerial.
The aerial is almost like an cartwheel except your hands aren't supporting you,
momentum is. When you first try you should get a running start, but
after a while you can do standing aerials which just look so beautiful.
After a short run jump onto the floor, left leg outward and with your
left leg, jump straight upwards while bending sideways and lifting your
right leg. You should be in midair now and bring the left leg over
also. You should try to land lightly and inward, not outwards. The two
most important secrets of doing an aerial is remembering to keep it
compact, not wide and that the jump is upwards not forward.