The Corkscrew (or 1.5-twisting cradle) is a fun skill that looks more complex than it truly is. The Corkscrew one of the progressions towards learning a Rudi, because the Rudi also involves 1.5 twists. A Corkscrew can be thought of as an early-twisting cradle, combined with a Full-twisting airplane in the second part.
The pre-requisites for learning the Corkscrew are the following:
• Cradle (early-twisting variation): Back-drop, twist, then tuck through to another back-drop (bed is unsighted in the early-twisting cradle)
• Back-drop full-twist to standing
• Cat-twist: Back-drop, then full-twist to another back-drop
• Half-twist to back-drop
• Full-twisting Airplane: 360 degree twist to back-drop landing from standing
• Back-drop tuck forwards to Front-drop
Once these skills have been mastered, learning the Corkscrew won't be too bad. Corkscrew can be learned in one or two lessons if these basics have been mastered properly. If you are struggling with learning a corkscrew, go back and review these fundamentals.
The following are good drills for learning a corkscrew:
• Early twisting Cradle
• Back-drop half-twist to standing
• Full-twisting Airplane
• Back-drop full-twist to standing
• Half-twisting back-drop
• Back-drop 1.25 twist to standing
• 1.25 twisting Airplane
Once the following four (4) drills can be completed with proficiency, it’s time to move onto the actual Corkscrew Progression:
• Step 1: Perform a high Early-twisting Cradle, but twist a ¼-turn extra and land on your side (preferably with a crash-mat in place). Make sure this step can be done consistently and repeatedly.
• Step 2: Perform a high Early-twisting Cradle, but twist an extra ¼-turn more than in Step 1 and land in a Front-drop (preferably with a crash-mat in place). If the student is consistently landing in a good front-drop, the crash mat can be removed.
• Step 3: Repeat Step 2. But this time, the coach will yell “Twist” when they believe that the student should be thinking about the extra half-turn to back-drop. Do this step multiple times. Then, have the student yell “twist” out-loud with the coach when they believe they should be thinking about the extra half-twist. This step serves to prepares the student’s mind for what needs to be done in the next step.
• Step 4: Once the coach believes the student is ready, have the student attempt the Full Corkscrew (with a crash mat in place). The coach will continue to yell “twist” at the right time to remind the student that they need to continue twisting further than before.
• Step 5: Once this is done reasonably well and consistently onto a crash-mat, the crash mat can be removed.
Once a student has mastered the Corkscrew, have them try combinations such as the following: Corkscrew then half-twist to standing, Corkscrew then Cradle, Cradle then Corkscrew, or two (2) Corkscrews back-to-back!
• If the corkscrew is beginning to go crooked, then the student is not completing the Early-Twisting Cradle first. They are thinking too much about twisting and they are starting the twisting action too early. Have them go review the early-twisting cradle if this problem is occurring.
• Sometimes the student will mistakenly perform an aggressive cat-twist when trying to attempt the Corkscrew. If this is happening, have them review the early twisting cradle. Because they are focusing too much on the twist, and not enough on the cradle part. Also have them review the full-twisting cradle to Front-drop again.