Aerial Straps Level 1 Teacher Training


Asynchronous & Online, November, 2021 – Worldwide

Created and curated by Aaron Koz, of CircSci, the Level 1 Straps Teacher 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.

The training is geared towards scalability and building lesson plans that allow for safe progression of students in a group class (without solely being a straps conditioning class, building strength and pathways over time). Functional anatomy/physiology and appropriate strengthening/injury prevention will also be covered to build awareness of encouraged biomechanics specific to static and dynamic straps-style skills.

Students will, over the course of the 4 weeks, have:

– Independent study (lectures, video tutorials, and homework – 10-15 hours

– Skill and progression practice – 10-15 hours

– Video reviews and peer assessment/analysis – 5-10 hours

– Live Zoom class – 10-12 hours

Mandatory Zoom Class Times:

November 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th – 9:30-12:30 NYC start time – the pre-training portion of the course opens October 24th, 2021. 

Each week, students will have assigned practical (skill-review) and theory-based homework (including video lectures, quizzes, class planning, biomechanics, and periodization assignments.

Program Highlights 

• Participants will receive the Aerial Straps Level 1 Teaching Manual with pedagogy, strength training principles, and a skill reference list for use after the training
• Skill reference (with videos) of static positions, dynamic techniques, skills and transitions
• Spotting and un-spotted teaching techniques
• Progressions/regressions using multiple apparatus geared towards training straps-style skills safely
• Curriculum development and class planning practice 

• Identifying common problems in static 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 plans to use in the future
• Functional anatomy/physiology/kinesiology
• Shoulder/thoracic spine health/injury prevention

General Prerequisites Guidelines  (Encouraged prerequisites 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 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, and training manual forever. The in-depth tutorial and lecture videos are accessible during the teacher training and for a month after. 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.

Pricing:

Early Bird Pricing of $800 ends September 20th. The total price is $900 USD up-front (after early bird deadline), 2 monthly payments of $465, or 3 monthly payments of $330 USD. If you’re signed up for my mailing list, you’ll receive an early bird pricing deadline extension! 

There is one 50% off work-study spot available, as well as one fully discounted spot for an aerial coach who other would not be able to attend (priority given to BIPOC/queer teaching artists). In your application, please make a note if you’d like to apply for either scholarship with a brief explanation of your financial situation if you’re applying for work study (and what skills you have!). 

Your application will only be eligible for early bird price if the registration form is fully complete with videos and a $25 application fee submitted before the early bird deadline. Once your application is reviewed, there may be questions about your application videos, or rigging. You will have one week from the request to resubmit any further materials in order to guarantee your early bird price.  Once your application is successfully reviewed, you must submit a $275 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot. 

To reserve your spot in the teacher training after the early bird deadline, a minimum non-refundable deposit of $330 must be submitted two months prior to the training start date. 

Payment can be submitted via CashApp ($kozaaron)/Paypal (aaron.kozloff@gmail.com, friends and family)/Revolut/Transferwise – all payment amounts must take into account added fees/currency exchange fees.

For more information, email koz.circ@gmail.com

“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.”

Very detailed manual, and well researched physio knowledge related to all of the straps pathways that were covered. Really appreciated all of the detailed spotting technique as well!”

“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.”

“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.”