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Fifth position


Niphredil

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I have a question about fifth position: When standing in fifth, where should your legs be crossed? As high as possible, or lower down? And to be able to hold the legs in that position, should you really squeeze the thighs together? I've heard somewhere that you should never squeeze the muscles, but my teacher tells us to do it. So, which is right?

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Nephridil, when you place the feet in the 5th position, the legs are crossed from the top all the way down. As to "squeezing" the muscles to maintain the position, no. There is a difference in "using" the muscles and "squeezing" the muscles. Obvioulsy it takes muscle usage to hold the position, but mostly it takes correct alignment and weight placement. You should not be squeezing anything. Question your teacher about this, and have her explain and show you the difference. If she insists on using that term, and shows you how to squeeze the muscles, find a new teacher. :rolleyes:

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I always think of pressing my legs together...is that wrong? or is there a difference between htat and squeezing?

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The legs must be together, and it takes some muscle usage to do that. But engaging the muscles, or using them, is very different from gripping or squeezing them.

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