Waitankung Movement Description
12. CRANE WALKS (The Big Steps)

PURPOSE:
To strengthen the legs, joints and backbone as well as to improve circulation.

STEPS:

  1. Stand with two feet in apart in parallel, in a distance wider than the edge of the shoulders
  2. Bend the knees low, left foot step one more step to the left, but two feet maintain parallel
  3. Open arms in front away from the hips with the back of the hand face the front and fingers apart, index fingers slightly sticking out
  4. Shift weight to the left, lift the right knee up to the waist level, toes down, and step forward a big step flat-footed light and gentle; keep head, neck and body in a strainght vertical line
  5. Shift weight to the right, lift the left knee up to the waist level, toes down, and step forward a big step flat-footed light and gentle; keep head, neck and body in a strainght vertical line
  6. Stop after 7 steps
  7. Turn palms to face the front. Walk backward, bend right knee, right leg supports body, keep left leg straight to retreat, heel leads
  8. Retreat in the similar manner, stop after the for 7th step
  9. Repeat this back and forth big walking" 3 to 4 times

NOTES:
The foot when touching the ground from a hoist position should be as light as a falling leave. It is important to to keep a smile and think pleasant during the whole movement.



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