Acro’s evolution to an accessible practice has brought in monkeys of different shapes, strengths, ages and athleticism. I wouldn’t say gone are the days of micro fliers and mountainous bases, but the time of space-efficient bases and fliers is certainly upon us. So the time has also come when us monkeys have to know more in order to keep our practice safe, and also to not be too exclusive in our play.
My study and practice of this aspect of acro has been slow, particular and most importantly, comprehensive. There are so many aspects and layers that it is difficult to contain in a single reading. One of the most important aspects however, is the concept of advantages and disadvantages with regards to the ratio between the flyer and the base. Here are the major ones to help with anyone who is expanding their skill to accommodate beyond the traditional ratios.
Here are some charts to simplify knowing common advantages and disadvantages of each acro pairing. They are split in the four attributes I found affects acro the most: strength, length and leverage, weight, and flexibility. It makes it fairly simple to read the corresponding advantages and disadvantages for any acro pair. Knowing these will not only make your practice efficient and accessible to anyone, but it keeps it safe and informed as well!