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 dancing, gymnastics, cheerleading, trampoline, cliff diving, aggressive inline skating, and freerunning. A barani is an aerial somersault flip, used as a trick for flyers, dancers and snowboarders. It is used as an official move in gymnastics, tumbling, and freerunning. The 180 degree turn is carried out usually halfway through the frontflip. The reason why it is used in so many sports is that it converts a regular frontflip (during which one can not see the ground or water for the landing) into a move in which one turns in time so that the last half of the flip is done in the same way as a backflip (during which one can see the ground or water). It therefore allows for greater control of the landing.
In gymnastics, some coaches describe a Barani as a roundoff without hands or, mostly on beam, a front somersault with a half twist. 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.
- Andrea Bodó Schmid, Blanche Jessen Drury - "Gymnastics for women", Mayfield Pub. Co., 1977
- Wight Flyers Trampoline Club
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