Working in the Hitch

Hitch skills are a fundamental building block for the practice of aerial silks and a great way to introduce beginners to this discipline. This Instructor Workshop will provide you with a fresh selection of moves that use the hitch knot to develop your aerial silks syllabus.

These skills are a key foundation skill that make aerial silks accessible and safe for all students from their first session. Hitch work allows students to move through poses and inversions whilst being fully and safely supported either on or off the ground. It allows students to build strength in their upper body and core, whilst they build confidence in the air. Hitches can be easily tied and untied and the height can be adjusted to suit the student.

UNIT 1 – INTRODUCTION TO HITCH WORK

This unit will recap the basics relating to the hitch and explores cross-overs with transferable skill in a footlock.

UNIT 2 – HITCH SKILLS

Our second unit is the main body of this course. We will cover over 40 different move variations including a range of mounts, poses and introduce dynamic movement. Each move will be detailed with teaching points, safety points, progressions, regressions, and common problems.

UNIT 3 – COMBINATIONS AND CONDITIONING

The hitch is a great place to start developing stamina within aerial silks. This unit will provide a set of fixed combinations, as well as a combinations toolbox to inspire your own combinations and freestyle activities. We’ll finish with a series of strength and conditioning exercises suitable for beginner and intermediate learners.

UNIT 4 – HITCH WORK WITHIN AERIAL SILKS

Unit 4 explores how the hitch can serve as a support structure to allow for technique practice.

UNIT 5 – HITCH SAFETY

Health and safety is fundamental to effective aerial classes. In this unit, we will look at key health and safety concepts such as public liability insurance and risk assessments. We will also cover specific aerial silks health and safety considerations, such as length of the loop, amount of tail and level of tension.

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