"Aerial Workshop - Suitable for total beginners. Just turn up". So I turned up.
The boy girl ratio was a little skewed from most of my hobbies. Seven girls, one boy (me). A couple of other lads turned up after a bit.
There were a few absolute beginners. Quite a lot of people only manage one class. Teacher, demonstrated by swinging up going into "pike" - almost always the first position. I grabbed onto the bar, leapt up and found myself hanging upside-down with my feet on the bar. A good start. Stopping half way like this is fine for a beginner. A little help from Teach for the balancing and I was more or less in position. We were taught a few other moves and then went onto the rope.
Rope work is taught by Teach's daughter - let's call her monkeygirl - A sweet enough girl who's a little too apologetic but knows her stuff. Gravity does not apply to this girl.
First thing we were taught was how to climb a rope. Something I was slightly wary about because I've never succeeded at this in the past. After a minute of demonstration from Monkeygirl, I found myself able to clamber up the rope no trouble at all. So that was why I never managed before. I was never taught. Would have been nice if all those school PE teachers could have taught something.
So I learned something new, had some exercise, and met new people. A week of aching arms is a small price to pay.
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