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Written by Master Dao on Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Explicit Movement Commands
Your teacher will often tell you to move a body part in a specific direction. This is called an Explicit Movement Command, or simply Movement Command.
When your instructor gives you a Movement Command, ignore whether you are mirroring or following the instructor and instead focus on the body part and movement direction.
For example, if I say raise your left hand, you’ll have to quickly raise the correct hand. Although that is an easier example, often there will be many commands and any confusion will make you fall behind quickly. Or, sometimes you might accidentally try to copy your teacher instead of following the Movement Command.
I might also ask you to do a particular action to the left or right, forward or backward. This is in reference to the direction that you are looking.
For example, if I might ask you to punch to your left, or turn to your right. This generally means 90 degrees in that direction. If I say turn around or look behind you, it means it is a 180 degree turn with the head or body. If I say do a right punch to the left, then you would turn your shoulder to the left and then punch with your right fist.
Try an Explicit Movement Command exercise with this video:
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