Arrow Flip

Also known as:

Footlock J Roll, J roll, Jackknife



Level 2


Drops & Dives
Arrow Flip Aerial Silks Intermediate Drops & Dives Video Tutorial
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Arrow Flip, also sometimes called J Roll, is a skill that seems simple but it can be really hard on the body if it’s taught too early or without the proper preparation. We love this skill and so we take care to prep our students carefully.

This is a footlock skill that is also considered a drop because of the dynamic movement involved. Getting into the setup requires a good bit of hip rotation so students must be prepped carefully to keep it safe on the body. This video covers the key points we emphasize and also shows the skill done with fabrics together like a rope, and the fabrics separated into two tails.

Become an Aerial Fit Online member to access the video for Arrow Flip. This in-depth video will explain how to properly train this skill. It also includes cross references to the most important Building Blocks, Common Mistakes, Related Drills, Ground Drills, Variations, Next Steps and Sequences.

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Building Blocks & Prerequisites

Some of the most important aerial silks skills, related movements, and prerequisites from our aerial video tutorial library that students should be very comfortable doing to succeed at Arrow Flip.

Teaching Tools

Common Mistakes & Solutions

These are the most common mistakes we see with students when they are learning how to do the aerial silks skill Arrow Flip and detailed directions on how to fix these problems to make the skill look and feel easy.

Related Aerial Drills

These similar aerial silks skills and aerial drills are helpful to troubleshoot and help with problems. Students don't need to have mastered the Arrow Flip to work on these related skills and drills. These drills may help your students make important connections and answer the question "What am I doing wrong?".

Ground Drills for Aerialists

These are some of our favorite ground drills for aerialists for Arrow Flip. They can be used as part of the ground warm up or as part of the aerial class teaching progression.

Aerial Silks Variations

These are different variations of Arrow Flip. Students should be very comfortable with the current skill before working on these different or more advanced variations. They can be used for further exploration, managing students with different levels and adding variety to aerial silks choreography.

Planning Ahead

Next Steps

These are the next steps we teach to our aerial silks students after they’re comfortable with Arrow Flip. The next steps can be started right away and they lead toward specific future goals which are often the most advanced aerial silks skills.

Future Goals

These are some of the more advanced silks skills that build on the strength and control taught in Arrow Flip. They are not the next immediate steps, but rather long term planning goals.


Aerial Silks Sequences, Transitions and Combinations

These are aerial silks sequences, transitions, and combinations that include the aerial skill Arrow Flip. They are fun, creative, and challenge sequences from our aerial video tutorial library.

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