The Jade split or hip hold split is a classic pole move so beloved it is a compulsory move in competitions. As with all moves there are many variations. This one is with the hand over the leg grabbing the pole. It is the easiest and most secure form of the Jade split, it is also in my opinion, the one that will best allow for the flattest split.
The most challenging part of getting the split flat for me has always been keeping the knees straight. The best way to do that is by engaging your quadriceps muscle. (Think of the leg extension machine at the gym.) Point your toes by starting with the muscles in the top of the lower leg all the way through the ankle.
In next week's tutorial I'll show you how to do the Jade split with no hands on the pole.