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[personal profile] nancylebov
These are all good advice, and mostly not overlapping.

Release your perineum, let your weight drop through your knees into your feet, don't let your knees go past your feet (maybe not much past your ankles), have your knees pointing in the same direction as your feet, take your weight off your foot when you're turning it, respect your capacities.

Speaking from experience, you can't necessarily trust that you have an accurate idea of what you're doing with your knees. A mirror, a camera, a teacher, and/or humble efforts to increase awareness are good ideas.

The kwa is the fold at the hip.

I would rather have had the videos visible in my post, but neither embed media nor rich text were working-- and the only way I could preserve my line breaks was to disable auto-formatting.

Date: 2017-10-31 11:47 pm (UTC)
metahacker: A picture of white-socked feet, as of a person with their legs crossed. (Default)
From: [personal profile] metahacker
Hmm! Some of this sounds like aikido stuff, which is not too surprising given the roots of aikido (there's some tai chi in its background).

The phrase that always stuck in my head is "weight from underside"; the idea that, even in motion, your weight should be hanging down, as if it was the bottom of a coffee table. Tables don't weigh much, but they're relatively hard to flip over. It also leads to a rooted way of standing that is easy on hips and knees and ankles, and good for stability on slippery surfaces. I use it a lot when it gets icy around here.

Date: 2017-11-01 04:22 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Ah, this is combat taijiquan. I've only done Yang school, slow tj, for balance (mental and physical) and non-strenuous exercise.

Date: 2017-11-01 08:33 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Ah, I didn't get that.

Date: 2018-11-26 11:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mneme

Not quite sure how to unlock the perenium (unless it's just enough relazation to allow turnout, which I certianly have). I think most of the other advice I've picked up through a combination of dance, fencing, and our exercise trainer. (knowing how to do ballet positions, which I learned via Regency dance, teaches you to do full-leg roations for turned feet; fencing, properly taught, really emphasizes not letting the knee go past the toes (or really the ball of the foot).

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