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Tumbling: The Foundational Skill

Have you or your child ever wanted to experience the thrill of performing tumbling moves like front tucks and back handsprings? Tumbling is a high-energy and exhilarating sport that involves performing a series of acrobatic moves and techniques. It requires a combination of strength, flexibility, coordination, and agility to execute these moves with precision and grace. Tumbling is a popular activity for children, as it allows them to release their energy, express themselves creatively, and have fun while staying active. 


Tumbling is a sport that's sure to get your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping, but the skills and benefits of tumbling extend far beyond the gym. The sport of tumbling is beneficial in many ways for enhancing performance in many activities. Not only is it the foundation of gymnastics, but it creates overall physical development that will benefit athletes participating in martial arts, cheerleading, skiing and snowboarding, figure skating, and many other sports. At Paramount Tumbling and AcroGymnastics in San Jose, we train athletes of all ages to develop the tumbling skills they need, through group classes and individual lessons.


What Other Sports Need Tumbling Skills?

Tumbling is a core skill for other sports, as it helps develop several fundamental athletic qualities that are essential for success in a wide variety of sports. The strength, flexibility, and explosiveness required for tumbling are also essential for success in other sports. Let’s take a look at some of the sports that benefit from strong tumbling skills:



Dance is an excellent sport for gymnasts with tumbling experience for several reasons. Gymnasts with tumbling experience already possess the required strength, flexibility, and body control necessary for dance. Additionally, many dance styles incorporate tumbling elements such as aerials, flips, and cartwheels, which gymnasts can quickly learn, giving them an advantage. Dance requires high musicality and rhythm, which gymnasts can develop to enhance their gymnastics routines with artistry and performance quality. 



Years of flipping, twisting, trampoline time, and air awareness make gymnasts prime candidates for the sport of diving. Tumbling skills can be useful for divers because they require similar physical abilities and body control. Cartwheels, for example, require coordination, balance, and flexibility, which are also important in diving. Practicing cartwheels can help divers develop body control and spatial awareness, which can improve their approach and takeoff. Roundoffs, like cartwheels, involve a dynamic approach and a fast rotation. Back handsprings, another tumbling skill, require a strong core, good upper body strength, and the ability to rotate backwards. These skills can be helpful for divers who need to perform backward somersaults.



It's no secret that martial arts fighters need a strong core. The midsection is one of the primary targets for punches, kicks, and knees. Tumbling can help strengthen a martial arts athlete’s core because the sport requires so much core control. Other gymnastics skills such as the switch leap, full turn, and the more advanced front aerial are highly recommended for martial arts as well. Kick passes, needle kicks, and hamstring leg lowers are helpful for increasing flexibility in hips and legs, which are also key for martial arts.


As far as “after-gym” options, cheer is a popular pick. Tumbling is an important aspect of cheerleading that involves performing acrobatic moves such as flips, somersaults, and cartwheels. Many competitive and school cheerleading squads use standing tumbling in routines, cheers and chants. Running tumbling sequences may be used when cheerleaders take the field or court during a performance or during a competitive routine. Running sequences begin with a round-off into a series of one or more tricks. The most basic running tumbling pass is a round-off back handspring. Back tucks, layouts, full-twisting layouts and back handsprings can all be performed out of a round-off. By having a tumbling background, cheerleaders can improve their overall athleticism, which can help them perform other skills in their routines with greater ease.


Figure Skating

Figure skating is a graceful and technical sport that requires a variety of skills, including tumbling skills. In figure skating, tumbling skills are used to add difficulty and artistry to the performance. These skills include jumps, spins, and spirals. Jumps are a key element in figure skating, and skaters must be able to perform a variety of jumps, including toe loops, loops, and axels. Spins are another important element, and skaters must be able to perform both upright spins and spins in various positions. Spirals, which involve extending one leg behind the body while gliding on the other foot, are also a common tumbling skill in figure skating. Just like tumbling, these skills require balance, core strength, and precise execution.


Tumbling Skills And More Paramount Gymnastics In San Jose

Are you looking for a competitive edge in your current sport? We’ve taught many dancers, martial arts athletes, divers, & competitive cheerleaders. We have an incredible team of private tumbling coaches and private gymnastics coaches. We take the time to understand your goals as an athlete and can work with you to hone specific skills you may need for cheerleading, dance, martial arts, figure skating, and other sports.


Our coaches can teach you basic tumbling skills as well as the most advanced ones. Some of the skills our students have worked on include:


  • Arial Cartweel

  • Back Tuck

  • Front Tuck

  • Double tuck

  • Twists 

  • Double twists


Our skilled instructors have years of gymnastics and/or coaching experience. Contact us today to learn more about our tumbling program or private lessons. Both are great ways to strengthen your tumbling skills for other sports. Call 408-260-0403 or emails us at


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