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Improve Your Balance - Part 1 of 4

By Grandmaster Shou-Yu Liang and Master Wen-Ching Wu



1) Balance with one knee up
Start in a Standing Stance with feet apart and extend your right arm up to your right (Figure 1-158). Turn your body towards your right and spear your left hand over your right arm. At the same time, pull your right hand in towards your body (Figure 1-159). Lift your left knee up. At the same time, hook your left hand down and back, while casting your right palm over your head (figure 1-160). Hold this posture for 10-30 seconds, then change sides.

Balance with one knee up

2) Balance with one leg crossed over
Squat down as low as you can while keeping your back straight. Cross your left leg over your right thigh (Figure 1-161). Hold this posture for 10-30 seconds, then change sides.

Balance with one leg crossed over and Balance with one leg crossed behind

3) Balance with one leg crossed behind
Squat down as low as you can while keeping your back straight. Cross your left leg behind your right leg (Figure 1-162). Hold this posture for 10-30 seconds, then change sides.

4) Balance with on leg extended behind
Squat down as low as you can while keeping your back straight. Extend your right leg straight out in front of you (Figure 1-163 or 1-164). Hold this posture for 10-30 seconds, then change sides.