In-depth post #4 – Demo team!

Today, I just had my first meeting with the other members of the demo team! Some people I knew, some I didn’t. Since it was the first meeting, we didn’t do any extreme tricks. Instead, we did some basic stuff like cartwheels and dive rolls as well as some teamwork drills to get to know each other better. I’m super excited to be a part of this team, as my mentor, Serg, sent me some videos of his team’s previous performance and it was really fun to watch. Since I have a taekwondo competition next week, my instructor requested that I temporarily stop from doing tricks, as there is a chance of injury. SO, instead of showing tricks that I’ve done this week, I’ve decided to show a few short clips of the last performance Serg did to give a taste of what might be in my posts in the future.

The first clip is of a kicking combination. The first two guys both did 540 kicks, and Serg finished with a 720 kick (I hope to eventually work my way up to this kick), the second clip is of Serg doing a Gainer flash kick (unfortunately he slipped during the landing). I’m probably not going to be able to do the flash kick within this project, but the 720 kick is definitely something I would like to accomplish.

Over the next few weeks, I will continuously work on the tricks that I already know like the cartwheel, kip-up, and 540. I also plan on learning the Auto-bahn as well as attempting variations to the current tricks I know like the one hand cartwheel and the pop 360, so make sure you tune back next post!

Now time to answer the questions for this post!

  1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far? Why?

My most difficult mentoring challenge so far is definitely trying to get time with my mentor. Since we run on different schedules, its really hard to get some 1 on 1 time in a place where we can train. However, since I’ve joined the demo team, this will no longer be a problem!

2. What is working well? Why?

I’d say my relationship with my mentor is working really well. In the few times I’ve been practicing with him, we’ve gotten along very well. Since we both do taekwondo, we have some similar interests. When I first met him, I was awkward, but now I’m way more comfortable working with Serg.

3. What could be working better? How could you make sure this happens?

At this point, I feel like everything is working fine with my mentor. Aside from our meeting times, which has now been solved, I’ve been working well with  him. Since Serg is a taekwondo instructor, he is a really great teacher and has given me a lot of useful tips.


And that about wraps it up for this weeks post! Thanks for reading, and make sure you check back in a few weeks for my next post!

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