Walking to standing on shoulders

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After joining hands in a cross grip (picture 1), B semi-squats, while T places the right foot on B’s right thigh (picture 2). B raises the left arm overhead. T then steps up, using downward arm pressure to assist, rotates, and places the left foot on B's left shoulder (picture 3). It is important to keep close-in while stepping up, much as in the correct technique of mounting a horse, in order to minimize the effort and the unbalancing forces. T stands erect using shin pressure against B' head for stability as B shifts grip to T’s calves (picture 4). After confidence has been gained, B may extend arms to the sides (picture 5).

Although not a difficult move, a number of repetitions of this stand will be required befor T feels comfortable. With a tall bottom balancer especially, T finds the floor a long way down. To aid in building confidence, parterns may prefer to practice with B kneeling on one leg.

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Source: 

Fons Bennink, fonsbennink@zonnet.nl
Foto's: Balancing & Sport Acrobatics, Stan Buchholtz, 1978