Number of Repetitions: Walk forward and backward 15 feet for 4 cycles in the duck position and forward and backward 15 feet for 4 cycles in the pigeon position. Do this each day for 2 weeks.
Goal: To walk forward and backward in the two positions, smoothly and easily, maintaining the stick in a level position. This must be done easily before progressing to the next duck and pigeon exercise.
1. Stand in the duck position, feet outward, holding the stick with both thumbs pointed in toward the middle of the stick (Figure 1).
- Walk forward 15 feet, maintaining this position. Then walk backward 15 feet (Figure 2).
- Stand in pigeon position, feet inward, holding the stick with the thumbs pointed outward (Figure 3).
- Walk forward and backward in this position (Figure 4).
Stick does not stay level.
Hands or arms turn while walking.
Upper body does not maintain upright position—sways.
Upper body does not maintain upright position—bends forward or backward.
Facial movements—clenched jaw, jaw moving, tongue sticking out.
Legs too straight–knees are locked while walking.
Hips rotate or twist.