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Hiplock Skills

This course has been discontinued from sale as of the end of 2023. Learners with active courses can complete their study using the button below.

This module of our aerial silks instructor workshop series covers basic hiplock skills, progressions, challenging combinations and moves requiring extra strength, control and stamina using hiplocks and tourniquet wraps.

Questions about the course? Click on the headings below for more information, or contact us.

Course requirements and pre-requisites

You will need:

  • to hold a Spin City Spin City Foundation Aerial Silks Instructor Course certificate, or equivalent certificate
  • access to the internet via a PC, laptop, or mobile device
  • access to at least 1 set of aerial silks, safely rigged in an appropriate training environment
  • a minimum of 2 hours’ study/training time per week (to complete the course within the 1-year deadline)
  • a device to film videos on (mobile phones are allowed)

Course units

Hiplock is a fundamental skill within aerial silks; it provides the base for a wide variety of progression moves and combinations, and variations can be achievable from a beginner level. The theory section of this course will explore the fundamentals of a hiplock technique, ensuring a thorough understanding of the skill, including health and safety specific to the hiplock. The practical elements of this course will guide introduce a series of different entries to the hiplock position, along with a range of skills that use it as a base. We will also explore tourniquet and a selection of skills related to it.

Hiplock units:

  1. Introduction to hiplocks
  2. Hiplock skills
  3. Combinations and choreography
  4. Strength and conditioning drills
  5. Hiplock safety

Course moves list


  • Hiplock from standing
  • Hiplock in hitch


  • Hiplock from Horse
  • Hiplock from Russian Climb
  • Hiplock from Climb Over
  • Hiplock from Clothesline
  • Hiplock Scissor Entry


  • Mobile
  • Hiplock to Superman
  • Hiplock Seats
    • Star
    • Hip Hold
    • Birdcage
  • Hiplock Seat Progressions
    • Secretary Seat
    • Sail
    • Roll Up
  • Hiplock Gazelle
  • Back Amazon
    • Back Amazon Straddle
    • Back Amazon Mermaid
  • Hiplock Layback
  • Peter Pan
  • Hiplock Roll Up


  • Tourniquet
  • Tourniquet Seat
  • Tourniquet Knee Hang
  • Tourniquet Mermaid
  • Tourniquet Pull Over to Superman
  • Catchers to Hiplock, via Tourniquet
  • Hiplock to Catchers, via Tourniquet

Course assessment

This course has two main parts to the assessment; a theory assessment and a practical assessment.

Theory AssessmentPractical Assessment
Answer theory questions related to each unit of the course. Questions are multiple choice, or short answers.
Part 1: Combination of Moves. Film a continuous combination of 5 moves from the course syllabus. The entry and exit from the moves can count towards the total number – we will be looking for a minimum of three hiplock/tourniquet-specific skills within your video.
Part 2: Core Moves Technique and Execution. Film each of the core course moves.
You will have 1 year from the date you are enrolled onto the course to complete the online study and assessment.

Core moves

Compulsory moves required for technical assessment

  1. Hiplock Climb Over
  2. Hiplock Scissor Entry
  3. Mobile
  4. Hiplock Seat
  5. Hiplock Gazelle
  6. Tourniquet Seat
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