Aerial Straps Level 1 Teacher and Performer Training
Asynchronous & Online, May-August 2024 – Worldwide
Created and produced by Aaron Koz, of CircSci, the Level 1 Straps Teacher and Performer Training draws on over 10 years of aerial and movement instruction experience in the field. Key information will be shared via lectures, group discussion, and embodied practical application of the concepts addressed – lesson and curriculum development, skills, spotting techniques, safety, anatomy, injury prevention, creativity, progression, grip strength training, and dynamic and strength technique and teaching tips.
The training aids aerial teachers in building their teaching and periodization knowledge as well as straps style techniques (using straps and other apparatus!). During the training, participants will learn a range of static straps skills, transitions, relevant progressions/regressions, and spotting/self-spotting techniques. The training has been built in collaboration from Australian and US physical and myotherapists focusing on injury risk reduction.
While the training is built for future straps coaches, about 50% of the past attendees are aerialists who intend to use it to increase their own aerial training and straps knowledge, and to prepare them for the Level 2 training (which is geared towards coaching and performing straps at a higher level). If you want to take the training for yourself, but aren’t sure if the program is right for you, reach out!
The training is scalable and will teach you to build lesson plans that incorporate safe progressions for every type of student in class. This is not to say lessons will focus solely on straps conditioning, but will enable all athletes to build strength and technical pathways over time). Functional anatomy/physiology and appropriate strengthening/injury prevention will also be covered to build biomechanic awareness on the apparatus.
Students will, over the course of the 4 sections (one section per month) have:
– Asynchronous independent study using the training platform (conceptual and practical video lectures, video tutorials, and homework – 20-30 hours
– Skill and progression practice – 20 hours
– Video reviewing and peer assessment/analysis – 5-10 hours
– Live Zoom class – 10-12 hours – each zoom class usually runs 3 hours, but sometimes we cover all the material/videos faster than that. The Zoom classes are primarily ran as discussions, Q & A, and practice cueing/reviewing videos.
Zoom Class Times:
Specific Zoom Times TBA – 1 Sunday a month for 4 months starting TBA in 2024. Sunday’s are:
May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, and August 4th. Times to be voted upon!
The pre-training portion of the course will start one month prior to the start of the course to allow you time to build a knowledge base in fundamental anatomy and physiology to assist in your coaching and training throughout the course.
Each section, students will have assigned practical (skill-review) and theory-based homework (including video lectures, quizzes, class planning, biomechanics, and periodization assignments.
• Guest Lectures by Max March-Steinman (@bo_ties), Sebastian Rojas (@aregularpieceofasparagus), Francesco Lanciotti (@ceccofoile), & more!
• Participants will receive the Aerial Straps Level 1 Skill Reference List for use after the training
• Skill reference (with 100+ videos) of static positions, dynamic techniques, skills and transitions
• C-shaping, swinging, spinning, and strength training foundations and Analysis for ALL aerial apparatus
• Spotting and un-spotted teaching technique discussion
• Progressions/regressions using multiple apparatus geared towards training straps-style skills safely
• Curriculum development and class planning practice
• Identifying common problems in static straps techniques and pathways
• Developing effective teaching practices based on current learning research
• Focuses on both strength and conditioning as well as movement patterning
• Fun and varied warm-ups and lesson guidance to use in the future
• Functional anatomy/physiology/kinesiology
• Shoulder/thoracic spine health/injury prevention
General Suggested (but not required) Prerequisites
If you do not intend to participate in the practical homework yourself, you can use a current student of yours for the video feedback section instead!
Physical/practical prerequisites are encouraged for embodied understanding, but are not required for the practical section:
• Minimum of 1-2 years aerial/gymnastics/movement teaching experience (does not include aerial yoga) OR 2-3 years seriously training vertical aerial apparatus
• 2-5 pull-ups from dead hang and 3-5 dips from support position
• Ability to safely straight arm invert in the air multiple times
• Comfort in skin the cat
• 30 seconds – 1 min single arm hold (in a wrist lock) with hollow body and shoulder engagement
• Ability to hold 1 arm meathook and support position for 5-10 seconds or more
• False grip leg raises (toes to bar) – 3-5
• Experience training spinning and swinging skills like flares and beats/swings
• Experience training for reverse meathooks (or at minimum back balances on rope/fabric)
Applicants are recommended to submit an audition video (including as many of the skills you or your student can safely do found in the video) in addition to the application form.
*The total time commitment is quite high, but you will have access to the skill reference videos forever. The in-depth tutorial and lecture videos are accessible during the teacher training and for a month after the training. You will also have the option of being added to the private FB group where you can bounce ideas off of other’s who have done the training.
*The total time commitment is high, but you will have access to the skill reference videos forever. The in-depth tutorial and lecture videos are accessible during the teacher training and for a month after the training. You will also have the option of being added to a private Straps Teacher Trainees FB group where you can bounce ideas off of other coaches who have done the training.
Early Bird Pricing:
Early Bird pricing of $925 USD ends January 26th, 2024. Your application will only be eligible for early bird price if the registration form is fully complete with videos and deposit of $300 by end of day on January 26th eastern standard time.
Full Pricing and Payment Plans:
The total price is $1,050 USD upfront (to be sent in no later than by April 28th, 2 monthly payments of $550 (the last to be sent in by the second month of the training), or 3 monthly payments of $375 USD (the last payment to be sent in by the third month of the training).
Once your application is reviewed, there may be questions about your application videos, or rigging to ensure safe practice of skills.
To reserve your spot in the L1 training after the early bird deadline, a minimum non-refundable deposit of $300 must be submitted two months prior to the training start date.
Payment can be submitted via Zelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) preferred or via CashApp ($kozaaron)/Paypal (email@example.com, friends and family) OR Revolut (use this link revolut.me/aaronkoz) OR Wise ( for international senders. All payment amounts must take into account any added fees/currency exchange fees. If you are based outside the U.S., you can use Wise to send the equivalent amount in CAD to firstname.lastname@example.org
After the teacher training has started, the fee is non-refundable.
“Anatomy focus, progressions clearly given–with care to address possible issues in students and how to correct. Lots of hands on time to practice spotting and various drills to feel skill in body correctly.”
“The manual provided was in depth and very informative. I gained knowledge not only for my students but also for my person goals relating to straps training. The content was on point! I thought I knew a lot and I still came away with more skills and knowledge of pathways in my repertoire.”
“wow, a lot of stuff-
# I learned the importance of giving students 10-15 minutes during class to review stuff by their own choice
# the importance of being specific as possible in warm-ups # learned how to approach and build needed strength for pushing stuff (the part 1 support drills were new to me)
# that breaks are important for learning process
# got reminded that it׳s more important to keep the student safe than them trying a skill they are not ready for”
“Excellent explanations of how to prep, spot, and teach skills to those with no experience. Lots of fun! Good pacing. Made us critically think about how to teach.”
“You don’t have to explain how your training is different to anyone who has seen your content. It’s different in every imaginable way from the other trainings I have taken. And I think I have taken exclusively good ones.”
“I’d recommend it because it has all the important information one needs to have to become a good & fun aerial straps teacher. I feel I know more about straps than I did as a student learning it intensively from different teachers. I have a lot of progressions and tools for it to be accessible to anyone! You understand so much about the body, how to train/teach, and progress and have fun!!
Different than the typical switches training most straps classes are about regardless of ones level. It’s a good foundation for someone wishing to become a straps artist or teacher! Lots of knowledge to help you go deeper into straps.”