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The scorpion is an elite body position that requires back and leg flexibility for the flyer. This body position is executed by “pulling” or “kicking” to the body position. It is important to learn the grip for “pulling” a scorpion the correct way. Lifting the “pulled” leg to grip the foot is done the same way as a scale, but the flyer must grip the foot differently. Once this grip is mastered, the flyer will pull the leg into position and gripping the toes with the other hand. Opening the chest, gripping the toes with straight arms, and arching the back to create a beautiful circular body position. The difference between a scorpion and a needle is the position of the chest and grip of the “pulled” leg. The shoulders of the flyer should be fully opened along with the chest to give a rounded image between the “pulled” leg and arched back. Many times, flyers will be asked to hold this body position with one hand, while dropping the front arm to choreographed motions. Holding this body position with one arm can be very difficult without proper conditioning and muscle control. It’s extremely important to keep the chest up during any back flexibility skill. This will maintain the balance for the stunt group and prevent any movement of the stunt.

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