Lesson on Balance and Streamline

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    In the first freestyle technique lesson we work on building skills for balance and streamline.

    This lesson will build the first two of our Four Essential Features which encompass balance and streamline skills. These are explained in the following introductions:

    And, here is the outline of the skills, drills and focal points. The following lists of activities and the lists of focal points may contain more items than you experienced in your lesson. The instructor will watch the time and your pace of learning and choose a certain sequence of activities and the few most relevant focal points for you to work with.

    Drills And Focal Points

    Balance Drills

    Streamline Drills

    You may view images of these standard TI drill positions on the Freestyle Drill Resources page and you may view videos for some of these drills on the Video Tutorial page.

    To help you pay attention, interpret and send commands to particular parts of your body your instructor gave you a selection of focal points in each drill. There are more focal points on the lists below than you were given in your lesson, as the instructor chose a few to get you going, without overwhelming with too many details. You may be able to figure out the meaning of the others you were not originally exposed to.

    Focal Points for Torpedo

    • ‘Mountain Pose’ (yoga) or ‘Stand At Attention’ (like military stance)
    • Both hands tucked deep into pockets
    • Long spine (as if pulled up by a string)
    • Keep thighs straight behind torso

    Focal Points for Superman

    • Focal points from Torpedo and…
    • Weightless Head
    • Tippy Toes (thighs straight behind torso, toes pointed gently)
    • Arms On Wide Tracks
    • Arm Straight (no bend at elbows)
    • Hands at Target
    • Let arms hang heavy
    • Shoulders slide outward and forward (but not strained)
    • Keep forearms soft (like a tree branch)
    • Keep fingers soft

    Focal Points for Skate Position

    • Focal points for Superman and…
    • Lead Arm stays on Wide Track
    • Head Stays Anchored (it does not turn with torso)
    • Back hand tucked deep into pocket (keep arm underwater)
    • Low Rotation Angle (rotate just off your stomach)
    • Scapula touches the air
    • Light flutter of the feet (if necessary to prolong time in drill)
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