Chair Freeze

As I mentioned, I have created a chair freeze tutorial. This is it. I know you are all dying to know how to do the chair freeze. OH WHAT AM I KIDDING, YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNOW HOW TO DO IT. But for those who don’t (because I realized that there are many REAL beginners who visit this site), then here it is. Just for you.

General description:
The chair freeze doesn’t really look like a chair to me at all. It’s a stabbed freeze in which you twist your body facing upward and place one of your feet down, while the other foot is hooked on top. Think of it as an airchair without the “air” part.

The chair freeze is not used that often by me, but I still enjoy transitioning into it from time to time when I need to cover up some space in my sets. It’s ideal if you mess up a blowup or something.

Beginner (See Layout)


Problems and tips:
You already know what I’ll do in this section. I’ll tell you tips to help you. The chair freeze doesn’t looks that hard, but it actually is kind of difficult to execute for a long amount of time. Kind of like any other freeze.

Firstly, if you’re the type of bboy who wears socks when he practices, DON’T. Do not – and I repeat, DO NOT – try the chair freeze for the first time with only socks. You’d rather be wearing shoes or even barefoot. Sock will slide on a smooth floor which can lead to unexpected injuries. Moral of the story: wear shoes. Or go barefoot like Pocket used to. I’d suggest shoes though; you don’t see bboys barefoot in cyphers.

Secondly, try staying on the back side of your head. I’m not saying you have to place the entire back of your head on the ground, I’m saying you should place the back-side area of your head on it. You know, so you can kind of look up, but not completely? I really don’t know how to explain, so allow me to reformulate my utterances. Don’t only stay on the side of your head; stay also on its back.

Thirdly, try to even out the weight using your head, your feet and your hand(s). Apply pressure everywhere so that you can balance yourself better.

Fourthly (and finally), when starting to practice this move, you still use your supporting hand right? Well, instead of placing it right next to your head like you’d usually do, I suggest you place it over your head. This placement forces your body to twist back; consequently, when removing your supporting arm later on, you’ll feel more comfortable with the actual position.

Stay on your toes bro.

Examples of variations and transitions:
For variations, you can switch your hooking leg; for instance, instead of hooking your right leg around your left one, you can hook your left leg around your right one. Furthermore, you could not hook at all and keep one leg straight up. You could also not even touch the floor with your foot; stay in the chair freeze without touching the floor. It’s pretty difficult, but it’s possible. As with all freezes, you can switch stabbing arms. You think of the rest. ;)

Transitions to the chair freeze resemble transitions to the handglide freeze (See Handglide Freeze) and baby freeze (See Baby Freeze), since they’re all stabbed freezes. It’s quite simple; transition into a handglide freeze and then place your foot down. You can do a rollback or you can get to a chair freeze from any blowup. You could, for example, drop from a headstand to a chair freeze. I think I show one transition in my video tutorial, which is how to get to a chair freeze from a dead freeze/back freeze.

Brief Instructions:
Stab your right elbow into the right side of your back. Place your right hand on the floor while still stabbed.
2. Place the right-back side of your head on the ground and place your left hand above said head.
3. Twist your body so that you face upward with your left foot (toes) touching the floor.
4. Hook your right leg around your left knee. TAH-DAH!

And that’s it. All 738 words. In counting.

Jimmy Li