Offbeat Video

By Ben Walley 

THIS is the incredible moment a gymnast performs an incredible seated backflip – one of only two people in the world who can do it.

Brandon Burns mastered the stomach churning trick last year and since then has been perfecting the scary move.

The 20-year-old student from Michigan, USA, has been a gymnast for 10 years and posts his tricks online.


He said: “I’ve been doing gymnastics since I was 10 years old.

“I got started by taking some basic tumbling classes, then soon started in artistic gymnastics classes, and progressed from there.

“There’s no official name for the sitting back tuck – it’s not an officially recognised skill as far as organized gymnastics goes, it’s considered more tricking than real gymnastics.

“My friend, Dom Lewis, was the first to do a backflip from a seat drop, or bouncing down into a sitting position and flipping out of that.

“He taught me a seated back handspring (same thing but using your hands) a while back, so when I saw him do the flip from a seat drop I wanted to see if I could one-up him and decided to try it from a completely static, truly sitting position.


“It took me about a week of really working on it to land it for the first time.

“After I released the video, I was talking to him found out we were both working on it at around the same time, and we both landed it at around the same time.

“We’re the only two people in the world that have done it so far.

“They’ve come a long way since I did it the first time – they’re a lot easier now!


“A lot of that comes from just getting more confident rather than improving the technique.

“It is scary at first, but now it’s one of my favourite tricks to do, and I can do it more or less every time on command.

“I’ve spent 10 years training my body to do crazy things, but I still find it pretty difficult to do.

“It takes a lot of hamstring and core strength, and it takes a lot of confidence to trust that you can actually do it and not land on your head.”