Hand balance on forearm

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This balance is best entered from the one arm high back angel.

After the angel pose has stabilized, B carefully rotates T about 90°, and raises the left arm to permit T to grasp it (picture 1). B then lowers the arm to the side, with the forearm extending at right angles to the body, thereby drawing T down as in a back walkover (picture 2). B's wrists must also tip downward to permit T to follow this movement. In order to shift the weight to a proper balance, T extends the raised leg to assume a split stance. When balanced, B withdraws the back-supporting arm and extends it to the side (picture 4). The balance is not completely free, as T has the right arm pressed against B's side. B can aid the balance by leaning in the appropriate direction. T should grasp B's forearm quite close to the elbow with the right hand to reduce the leverage on B. 

An impressive, yet not too difficult additional refinement of this balance is possible if T is able to raise the left arm and perform a one arm balance (picture 4).

Various methods of recovery are available from this balance. One may be effected by reversing the procedure, to return to the one arm back angel. Another is simply for T to lower as though completing a back walkover (approaching the ground chest down), but landing with both feet together. 

A third method is shown (picture 5), where B has replaced the back support and lowers T as through a front walkover. Here B must fully support T until the first leg makes ground contact, and follow through with the left arm to be certain T has completed the move.

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Balancing & Sport Acrobatics, Stan Buchholtz, 1978