Whether you’re paddling a tandem canoe through whitewater rapids, sparring with your training partner in martial arts, belaying someone on an exposed, difficult climbing route… or navigating the morass of give-and-take in a relationship… the balance of communication lies in a netherworld of the unspoken and, sometimes, unseen.
Partner work relies on fluency in the nuance of movement and body language. Speed, tempo, precision, focus and responsiveness are the building blocks – consistency is the mortar, the glue that holds it all together.
Balance and counterbalance, attack and defense, slack and tension – all rely on integration between partners, a fundamental synchronicity and symbiosis. Feedback is essential; your partner can’t read your mind.
Use your words and the language of movement to affirm and acknowledge, establish a connection that will facilitate progress, learning, accomplishment.
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Photos:: Titanium Photography
Nenana River, AK