Barani flip

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A Barani (barani) flip is an aerial maneuver consisting of a front flip and a 180 degree turn (half twist). This trick is performed in number of sports including but not limited to gymnastics, cheerleading, trampoline, and aggressive inline skating. The 180 degree turn is carried out usually halfway through the frontflip.

In gymnastics, some coaches describe a Barani as a roundoff without hands or, mostly on beam, a front somersault with a half twist.[1] This is a superficial treatment of the skill, and not the proper way to teach the skill. Many gymnasts twist their round-offs and cartwheels in the direction opposite to their natural twisting direction. When taught as a no-hands round-off, the gymnast has a high probability of learning to twist in the wrong direction while rotating forwards, which will cause trouble with multiple twisting skills later.

It is named after Italian circus acrobat and tumbler Alfonso Baroni, who performed the trick around 1881.[2]

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  1. ^ Andrea Bodó Schmid, Blanche Jessen Drury - "Gymnastics for women", Mayfield Pub. Co., 1977
  2. ^ Wight Flyers Trampoline Club