How to make a gelik in break dance: 12 steps

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How to make a gelik in break dance: 12 steps
How to make a gelik in break dance: 12 steps

Gelik is a very popular movement among break dancers that requires good practice, discipline, and above all dedication. To make a golok, you must twirl your body continuously in a circular motion on the floor, using your arms and chest for support, while you rotate your legs in the air, spread out to the side in a V. The trick is to use the strength of your arms, in while you get a kick from your feet.


Part 1 of 2: Getting Basic Skills


Step 1. Get down on your knees

You must lie down on the floor before making the gel. This will help you position your arms correctly so you can support yourself as you twist your legs. With your arms down, your head should be pointing forward and a few inches off the ground.


Step 2. Get into the hang-glider position

It should be familiar and familiar to you if you want to make a galik. To do this movement correctly, you simply have to place your left elbow between your stomach and chest, and your right arm should be pointing upwards diagonally and to the right of your left arm. The fingers of the right hand should be pointing away from you, while the fingers of the left hand should be pointing towards the left side so that the angle is right.

  • Gelik is a variant of freezing, this technique, which involves stopping the body during movement, so that it looks like you literally "froze" in the air. This is similar to freezing in the tortoise pose, the only exception is that in the tortoise position, both of your elbows are in the abdomen, rather than one as in the helix.
  • Some people also call it "freezing crab".

Step 3. Push off the ground, raising your legs bent at the knees

This will help you get into the position you need to swing your legs. You should already have enough strength to raise your legs a little, as if you are about to stand in a handstand. Now, your feet will be ready to rotate in a counterclockwise circle.

You can also do this movement in the opposite direction by placing your right elbow in your abdomen and extending your left arm in order to move clockwise


Step 4. Swing your left leg counterclockwise

Now push your left elbow under your belly so that you can push your right leg so that your left leg can rotate counterclockwise and it forms a 45-degree angle in the air. This leg will wind up and generate the strength and momentum needed to keep the right leg spinning. You should bend your knee slightly to make it easier for you to twist your leg. If your legs are straight, then you will not be able to fully control the turn.

  • The higher you lift your legs, the lower to the ground your body and head will be, because your body will balance. You will need to force the center of gravity to avoid dropping your head too close to the ground or to keep your feet high.
  • You also need to know that the gait needs to be mastered before you start rotating with your left leg, and you can also leave your left elbow under your belly until you start rotating your leg. After you throw your left leg, then you can place your hand in the abdominal region, in which case you can achieve more height when throwing your leg. Some make a start in Helika, but the choice is up to you.

Step 5. Swing your right leg in front of your left leg

Thus, the left leg will give sufficient acceleration and create the necessary impulse to start rotating the right. The right leg should be lowered a little lower so that the left leg can rotate following, then it can rise. This can feel a little confusing because you expect your foot to be in front when you want to start moving, but you need to keep your left foot in the back to create the necessary propulsion for your right foot.

  • Your left leg should be slightly bent to make it easier to rotate.
  • Remember that while everyone thinks that your legs should be in the form of the letter "V", in fact, a real helix, this is when the legs are much further apart and can even form a straight line, unlike the letter V, if you have enough thrust, then your legs will look like helicopter propellers.

Step 6. Lift your left leg over the right leg, which is rotating

Now, your left foot will actually slide under your right foot, almost like a pair of scissors, when you roll over and start spinning. To rotate, place your left foot on your left forearm. Move it to your left shoulder and then to your back.

To pivot, your left elbow must move away from your abdomen and your shoulder will bend along your triceps. This will give you the opportunity to move your hand to the side when you roll over onto your back


Step 7. Raise your left leg while throwing your right leg under it

At this point, wrap your right shoulder and return to the helik position. This can be the tricky part. Essentially, you have to create enough momentum to return to the starting position of the windmill. If you don't have enough strength, then you will be stuck on your back without enough speed to get back onto your arms again.

You can do one full circle a little slower, because if you do more reps then you need high speed and momentum, which can be very difficult than just memorizing the lines


Step 8. Return to hang glider position again

When you turn onto your back, you will use your left arm to push off the floor to make it easier to roll over, then your left bow will roll over with you, then you will use your right shoulder to get a little to get into the starting position.

  • Then you will be on your chest, pushing off with both hands, and your stomach will be in the corner formed by your left elbow and left hand, when the truth is the arm is pulled out, as you did the first time.
  • The decisive factor is the ability to return to a comfortable hang glider position if you want to maintain your RPM and maintain balance when you repeat the glider. If you do not have a stable base, then you cannot swing your legs without error.

Step 9. Swing your leg in a circle and repeat the process

Once you master the basics of the lower helik, then you can do it over and over and work out the really lower positions. When you are ready to stop, then try doing it with your left hand and then rotate your stomach with your knees bent. On the first try, you will only be able to do one or two reps, but the more you practice, the more times in a row you will be able to do it, without losing balance or power to push.

You can also change the movement, such as spinning on your back, if you like

Part 2 of 2: Mastering Gelik


Step 1. Improve your technique

If you get used to the helix, then you will be able to work on acceleration, smoothness of movements and creating full-fledged movements in the helix. At first it will seem to you that you are doing everything too slowly "step by step", but when you work it out, then it will be obtained in a single movement.

You can practice your lift and you can handle it with your left leg


Step 2. Make a power helix

The power helix implies that your legs will rotate in a circle, but you will rotate not on your arm, but on your head. This will be more difficult to do, but it will allow you to use different movements. This will be more difficult, but it will allow you to make different movements with your hands while shuffling them. If you are comfortable with a head flip and using a power gel, then here are a few tricks you can add to your repertoire.

  • Ginny. In this power helix, you cross your arms across your chest.
  • Confusion. In this case, you put your hands on your face.
  • Pinwheel. In this variation, you can place your hands on your hips.
  • Lotus. To carry out this movement, you need to make a helix while getting up from the lotus position.

Step 3. Make a halo

After you feel that your halo has reached a sufficient speed, then you can try to do a halo, this is a more advanced movement. The halo is like a gel because you use your arms and your chest at the same time to support yours as your legs rotate. But in a halo, your feet will rotate much closer as opposed to a corner position, or they may be directed to the opposite position and more vertically until they feel like a headspin.

You can also think of this movement as a halo, because your legs will move so fast that the movements will become a single composition


  • Watch a lot of video files to understand the leg movements.
  • Remember to push, not rotate.
  • Don't give up on your dream, practice, but in a good way.
  • A slippery floor can help.
  • Practice a little every day.
  • In no case should your head touch the floor.
  • If you're having trouble headgliding, then build and strengthen your muscles to keep your biceps strong.
  • Tighten your groin and spread your legs.
  • Keep your legs straight and V-shaped at all times.
  • Enjoy and don’t be nervous, if you’re not working on one part, work on the other.


  • Get some rest. Exhausting training or injury and / or poor form will take its toll.
  • Wear sneakers and socks; if you don't want to hurt your fingers or ankles.
  • Wear a T-shirt that covers your shoulders or with long sleeves if you don't want to burn or chafe your shoulders.

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