Before you challenge this trick, be sure to check the following points in advance.
• You can do straight air with stability.
• You don't lose balance even while touching your toes with your leading hand while in the air.
• You have plenty of time in the air to show off style.
• You can create the Tuck Knee Japan Air position in a flat place.
If you have a solid grasp on these things, you can probably learn this trick fairly quick as well!
Let's jump right into it!
Sequence by sequence, I'm going to explain the “Tuck Knee Japan Air.”
Since take off is the same as when doing straight air, it's not difficult.
However, before take off, if you shift into a grabbing motion, you will loose balance.
Therefore, first, be sure to take off from the lip the same as you would for straight air.
After take off, slightly turn your chest toward the tail of your board and point your toes toward the direction of the landing in a shifty position.
Doing it this way will make it easier for your leading hand to grab the toe edge.
To the peak of your jump, be sure not to lose balance in the air due to the hand you will use for your grab.
Maintain balance and keep your shoulder line even.
If you rush it and grab here, your balance in the air will be sloppy.
At the peak of your jump, grab the toe edge of the board between both feet.
Keep your shoulders even.
If you can manage to keep good balance and grab the board like this, give yourself a pat on the back. However, don’t worry if you can't show style at this point.
If your balance is good when you reach the peak of your jump, you can show style all the way until just before landing.
The longer your descent time from the peak of your jump until landing, the easier it will be to show style.
Rotate your leading shoulder more toward the toe edge.
Twist the knee of your foreleg so that it's folded inward between the bindings.
Without extending the back of your knees, hold the position of your grab.
Always keep your line of sight on the landing point.
By twisting your upper body toward the rear, your whole body will slightly turn will turn toward the rear.
However, you should concentrate on keeping your board straight with the landing without forcing yourself to face the front.
Since it's a fairly rigid trick, be sure to stretch your bottom, hip joints, and upper body really well in advance.