Good head spins, bad head spins, we all see a bit of both sides. I want to address a few points most people will not consider. Most of the time when you see head spins, they are really good. I don’t think I know anyone who will attempt a head spin outside of “practice” unless they were somewhat continuous head spins.
When I first started training head spins I was in my basement on a folding table down on the ground and a helmet. Even with a helmet I still went through some pain and frustration. The key about head spins is that everyone including the bboys with the best head spins has to go through pain, tenderness, flaking of the scalp, soreness and then more pain! there is no bypassing any of it. no pain, no gain is still the model. If you can endure it all? only then will you have a chance to have good head spins.
Lets put it ALL into perspective. Helmet or head spin hat, no matter what. “beginners” once your on a head stand, all your weight and pressure is on your neck and the top of your head. If you begin to tap for your first rotation this will be the most painful part of the learning process. After about a few days and a few attempts, most bboys would have called it quits due to little or no progress for the amount of tenderness. If you can suck it up and let the pain take its course you’ll get past the first few taps within days. I like to look at this point as “hard work paid off”. Now that your in rotation most of the pressure on your neck and the crown of your head is now moving outwards. kinda like spinning on one foot with your arms out to the sides as fast as you can, all the blood pressure is felt in your hands and fingers.
Now for the riders? SOLID is key.. Ive witnessed a lot of people in my days trying to correct there own head spins once they are in a ride by trying to catch there balance. this is a big NO NO!!! My advise is to let the mistake fix itself. as long as you stay firm or SOLID your ride will continue. by trying to catch your balance, your probably doing more harm than good. By locking your body’s position whether it be drills, bicycles, 7’s, mushrooms, etc. Your wobble will correct itself with a little bit of effort once you hit a few rotations.
Another mistake I’ve seen a few people make is learning bicycles (one leg in front and the other in back) before learning what I like to call “chairs” (both legs in front as if your sitting in a chair). The reason behind this is because once your used to doing bikes, its extremely hard to learn any other head spin positions. Most of the other positions besides drills consist of using your neck for counterbalance. 7’s for example consist of reaching for your toes, legs straight and together while your head tilts up as if your sticking out your chin. A position which is nearly impossible to learn without learning chairs first.
I learned taps within 2-3 weeks. took almost a full month to just begin to ride hitting 3-4 spins each time. If i could do it? anyone could.