Herkie Versus Hurdler Debunked

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herkie vs hurdler jump

Some newer cheerleaders might be a little confused about the difference between Herkie versus Hurdler jumps. Before you do either of these moves, you should already have the basic jump entry mastered, which you can learn about here.

How to Perform a Herkie Cheerleading Jump

From Step 4 (see the jump entry link) have your arms move into a Motion Punch position (one arm straight up and the other arm bent on your hip). The arm that is bent needs to be on the same side as the leg that is straight. For your legs, one leg will go into a toe touch position (straight with your knee towards the sky) and the other leg will be bent with your knee pointing to the ground. (See larger photo on the left for leg position guidance.)

How to Perform a Hurdler Cheerleading Jump

From Step 4 (see the jump entry link) have your arms move into a “V” position. For your legs, one leg will go into a toe touch position and the other leg will be bent, but parallel to the ground. If you’re having trouble picturing what it looks like, mentally think about what a half split looks like on the ground and replicate it in the air. (See smaller photo on the left for leg position guidance.)

In conclusion the difference between a Herkie and a Hurdler is arm position and your bent knee position. The Herkie jump is performed with your arms in a motion punch position and your bent knee perpendicular to the ground. The Hurdler jump is performed with your arms in a “V” and your bent knee parallel to the ground.

If you’re still confused, leave a question below!

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