Lin started in the acrobatic arts when he was 8 years old in Fujian Acrobatics Troupe in China. With the troupe, he performed in circuses all over the world; Europe, the Middle East, Mediterranean region, Africa and Asia. In the past 20 years, he learned many traditional Chinese acrobatic arts, such as Chinese Pole, chair-balancing, hoop diving, Chinese Lion Dance, partner hand-balancing, hand-juggling, foot-juggling and Ultimate Wheel. His juggling performance was awarded a prize for Silver Lion at the fourth China National Acrobatic Competition in 1995. He also holds the former world record for juggling 12 rings.
This class introduces students to the three pillars of handstand— “thinner, lighter, more alive”—by practicing the basic handstand form. Students focus on conditioning and flexibility exercises to strengthen the arms and upper body, and on techniques to improve balance and stamina. In addition to students interested in acrobatics, many aerial students find this class to provide complementary training of the upper body that is useful on aerial apparatus.
Build on the foundations and take the Chinese acrobatic tradition to the next level. Students continue to develop strength and flexibility while focusing on technique and mastery in handstands, tumbling, hand-to-hand, and other acrobatic skills.
For handstands, students will work on free standing handstand, variations of handstand press ups, and one-arm handstands.
For tumbling, students will work on back handsprings, back tucks, front tucks, side and front aerials. The small student:teacher ratio encourages students to progress faster thanks to hands-on, student-specific coaching.
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval. Approval can take several days and can be obtained 3 different ways, instructions can be found here:
In this physically intense class students will work on flexibility, balance, strength, and agility.
The class begins with a full head to toe warm-up followed by full body stretching. Students then focus on headstands and handstands for 30 minutes with various headstand positions and handstand drills. In the last 30 minutes students practice tumbling, starting from basic forward and backward rolls, up to cartwheels and round-offs.
More advanced students may move on to more challenging tricks like headsprings and handsprings.