Start with a push up position with your knees touching the
ground (get on all fours). Then modify the position by taking your
left arm and do what we call 'stabbing'. Bend the arm and place the
elbow into your gut. It should be below your belly button, and centered
left to right. You may find your back hunching in order to get it
in place. Now your right arm should be stabbed and your right fingers
should be pointing behind you. What you're going to do next, is turn
your upper body a bit to the right. Simply rotate your shoulders clockwise
so you are looking to the right. Move your left hand over a bit to
the right for stability. Rotate your lower body to the right as well
so that you drop onto the left sides of your knees and your toes point
to the right. You should no longer be on the fronts of your knees
and feet, but on the left sides. You should be well balanced and comfortable
in this position before you go any further. Take some time to get
used to it, and make any adjustments you need.
THE FIRST ROTATION:
This part of the windmill is very important, because without a good first rotation,
you most likely won't be able to get good multiple ones. I recommend that you practice this on carpet,
grass, or anything else that gives you grip and won't be painful to
bang against. The first step from the starting position is to raise
you're right leg up and to the left. Lift it high above the left leg.
Be sure to keep it locked and straight. Once this leg is in place,
begin to twist/rotate your upper body to the left. You should feel
like your body is ªwound upº like a toy, and as a result of your twisted
body, you should feel as if your left leg is ready to fly out to the
left. When you are ready, torque your right leg against the left (kick
the right to the right, and the left to the left). Keep in mind this
should be a circular motion, and while I say you kick to the right
and left, I mean that you kick in an arc to the right and left. Imagine
the two arms of a compass (one of those math tools for drawing circles)
spinning around each other. At the same time as this kick is happening,
you should be turning your entire body clockwise relative to the ground
with your hands - in a way similar to doing a turtle float. Pretend
you are trying to rotate the ground underneath you, and swivel on
top of your right hand - which should be supporting almost all your
weight. As your legs rotate around each other and your body turns
relative to the ground, your upper body should continue twisting to
the left and you should turn your head really hard to the left so
you can almost see the ceiling. Aim your twisting and turning so that
your right shoulder touches down close to your right hand. As it does
touch down, continue to twist your body to the left. Let your body
bend at the waist as you roll onto your back, but don't let your legs
bend. Let your right supporting arm collapse, and so long as you keep
your legs straight and spread, the momentum from the kick should carry
you smoothly over your shoulders. You should not find yourself grinding
against the ground, as the windmill has a rolling motion, and you
shouldn't really feel like you're doing a backspin. If this is what's
happening to you, It may help to give a hard push with your left hand
to get yourself rolling. There are several things you must really
keep in mind during this kicking motion. One of the most important
ones, however, is that you have to keep your legs as spread as possible
at all times. As soon as that left leg comes out during your first
kick, actively try and spread your legs until they can't go any farther.
Something that might help you here is to focus not on kicking that
right leg up, but instead across to the left. Sweep it low across
the ground until it just can't go any farther, and only then let it
go upwards. This is much more important than it might sound. A second
thing is that the legs must remain totally straight. From the moment
you initiate this first kick, your legs must go completely stiff.
Some people find it helps to point there toes outwards. Don't think
that these tips are just for pros that want to clean their mills up.
You will find that it is almost impossible to pull any mills at all
if your legs are bending or closing up, so keep them in mind at all
CONTINUING THE WINDMILL:
If you have more than one rotation down, congratulations!
However, I wouldn't get too excited. Getting the move continuous is
the hardest part, simply because it is such a complicated thing to
do. It is almost impossible to explain in words, and just as hard
to understand from watching people do it. It is something that for
most people requires a ton of practice and major dedication, and only
experimentation will help you learn. Despite this, I am going to outline
a few things that helped me get my windmills continuous and that I
would have loved to hear while learning. The first thing I want to
tell you is that you must, like I already said, keep your legs totally
straight, and spread as far as possible. Don't think you have to be
super flexible. While it may help, you don't at all need to be. Guys
that can't even touch their toes can do great windmills. Another tip
that should help you, is that as long as you are doing 'stabbed' windmills,
never let your right elbow leave its point of contact in your gut.
Your arm may bend as you pass onto as you pass onto your back, but
this doesn't mean that elbow ever has to budge. By keeping it there,
you will be more ready to go back onto your hands as you roll to your
front. The same thing goes for the left arm. Always keep it in a position
where it will be useful to you on the front. When doing 'stabbed'
mills, I keep it tight, but this doesn't mean that elbow ever has
to budge. By keeping it there, you will be more ready to go back onto
your hands as you roll to your front. The same thing goes for the
left arm. Always keep it in a position where it will be useful to
you on the front. When doing 'stabbed' mills, I keep it tight
against my left side after my first rotation, and use the forearm
flat against the ground in front of me for support. After some practice,
you may find yourself able to do more than one rotation, but they
are really ugly, you roll all over the place, and you slow down after
a few rotations. If you're doing mills like this, you're on the right
track, but you are using your right arm to push yourself too much.
You have to learn to rely on your hips to drive yourself. This is
the key to continuing the windmill, and is something only experience
will teach you. Here's are a tip . The first thing you gotta start
doing is stop pushing with your left arm completely. It may be instinctive
by now to use it, but you've gotta force yourself not to. Start concentrating
on the motion of your hips and upper body. A common mistake here is
to start bending and winding the legs closed in order to generate
momentum, but this is exactly what you shouldn't do. Keep your legs
straight and spread and DON'T wind them. What helped me get the hip
motion was to concentrate on the way you bend and straighten your
waist as go from your back to your front. When you go onto your front,
make sure your body is going completely straight and rigid. As you
straighten and roll from your back to your front you might also try
to turn your torso to your left by looking hard over your left shoulder.
Whenever I consider my mills, it always seems like it is this combination
of straightening and bending, and twisting and turning that keeps
them going. Don't get me wrong when I say 'twisting' though. From
your crotch up to your neck has to remain totally rigid and can't
twist. This may be confusing in words, so just keep in mind that your
abs must be tight at all times (even on your back), and you shouldn't
run into any related problems.
- Mills with hands behind back.
- Mills with hands on face, like Mcaauly Culkin face. I have heard rumors
that if you do this wrong you will snap your neck and die.
- Pass-the-Hat/Strippers: This is when you windmill and then removes your hat or when you windmill
and take off your shirt or pants or whatever. You can also strip while
- Halos: Windmills completely off your forehead, instead of rotating
on your shoulders you rotate on your head. Needles to say, you must
be very high up and be going very fast. This is a very difficult windmill
variation and should not be attempted until regular windmills can be
busted like water.
- Angels: windmills with the bboy touching there belt.
- Genie Mills: Mills with arms crossed over the chest like a Genie.
- Nutcrackers: Mills with the b-boy grabbing his nuts (Very hard to do) You need to
be able to windmill regularly then, when you get good at Ôstabbed' windmills
you will not need the right hand anymore, that's when you can grab your
crotch. Later on you will be able to go so fast you wont need any hands
and you can place both hands on your groin and continue millin' no problem.
- Supermans/airplanes: Mills with the arms straight out flat on the ground. Careful trying
to do these you'll smash your nuts if you cant lift your hips right.
Barrels: Mills with arms out in front of you so it looks like you holding
on to invisible barrel.
- Babies: Mills with the legs tucked close to your body, like a fetus position.
These are amazing to watch. They don't really look like windmills in
the traditional sense, they look like the b-boy or b-girl has just turned
themselves into a ball and are rolling in place with no friction. It's
classified as a windmill because the mechanics of it are the same.