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Widmill

The twirling of the legs is akin to twirling a math compass around in the hands; the momentum created by this twirling motion gives the breaker the majority of his power. The leg position and motion is seen in several other power moves, which makes the windmill an essential power move to learn first.

The basic windmill can either be “stabbed” or “unstabbed”. The stab position helps to keep the hips up high which aids in momentum and execution of the move,[1] especially during the first rotation. Unfortunately, it slows down movement when multiple windmills are performed as a “restab” must be done before each subsequent windmill, greatly reducing the fluidity of the motion. Accomplished breakers may stab to begin the windmill, but they will perform subsequent rotations unstabbed (sometimes called a “forearm mill”). The majority of breakers accustomed to the motion of the windmill will use a coindrop in order to bypass the “stab” motion completely while using the downward momentum to slide directly from the forearm to the shoulder to the back while spinning the legs in the usual v-motion.

Although the term “v-shape” is used, the degree of the split is directed correlated with how the windmill performs overall. The closer to a 180 degree split, the higher the possibility for a faster and cleaner overall performance.

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