Arm on Head. Again the purpose of this exercise is to reinforce a positive mental attitude in the student, and can serve as a maneuver in sports (such as in basketball when the ball is grabbed from the backboard near the head). One will find that no matter how strong or powerful the partner, the arm cannot be separated from the top of the head, for it is quite easy to follow a downward pull and impossible for him to pull it off upwards.
This ends the section on beginning mind control The student should practice these techniques until he has mastered them and has begun to exhibit some sort of conscious control over his mind without losing or breaking his concentration, or shown an ability to concentrate on one idea or one thought until he can do it perfectly.
Perhaps no other concept is more misunderstood in America than the benefits that can be derived from the proper use of balance and leverage points. Imagine the human being as a statue. If you did not glue the statue onto the base or stand, it certainly would not stand up. You cannot build something six feet tall, weighing 200 lbs. and balance it on something 12 inches long and 4 inches wide, or if you could balance it, it would be the easiest thing in the world to knock over with just a touch of the fingers. It is actually the same thing with living people. It took you 2 years to learn to walk; and today if you hurt a toe or lose a toe, you will limp the rest of your life. Your balance is a very delicate thing and requires the use of the many organs and senses of the body all at once to stay in equilibrium. You have to have the coordination of the inner ear, the eyes, the brain, the toes, the arms, and the hips to stay upright or to move forward with any grace or without falling.
Any person, no matter how he stands or how he is moving, is off balance in 8 positions. Just like the statue we can push over with one hand, he can be pushed over or moved about with the greatest of ease by the proper use of the balance and leverage points. (A child can support a 400 lb. refrigerator that has been tipped on its corner if he can just maintain the proper balance.) So size and strength can be effectively overcome by the smallest of players if they make effective use of balance and leverage points.
Eight Points of Balance:
Balance Points. Balance is not only essential in an athlete's performance but when understood can be very valuable as an offensive and defensive tactic.
The eight points of balance. No matter how the student may stand, there are eight points of balance, or lack of balance, when a line is drawn between the feet. These points correspond with points on a clock of 12, and 6 or forward and backwards - and 2 and 8, 4 and 10 or slightly to the right or left - and 3 and 9, or sideways. If the student's feet position is not changed, the partner can easily push or pull him off balance by using one of these points.
It is, therefore, quite possible to push or pull an opponent all over a field by causing him to lose his balance and keeping him off balance.
To make effective use of the balance points of an individual, one must become very familiar with where these points are at various times and with various feet positions of the partner.
The primary balance point and the one easiest to use is the 12-6 balance point.
This point is found by drawing a line straight between the ankles of the partner and then drawing a 45 degree line directly out from the middle of the line between his feet. The partner will then be able by the slightest use of his arm to push the partner backwards, or pull him forward by pushing or pulling him directly toward the front, or to the back - to the 6 or to the 12. The partner will not fall over because he will move his feet and keep his balance. If he did not move his feet, he would fall over. In a game this movement is involuntary and can be used to make blocks, tackles, move an opponent, or avoid an attack.
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