Changing direction

When changing direction it is extremely important to maintain balance.  If the body is off balance change of direction will be difficult due to the effects of inertia on the body.

In order to change direction effectively the foot that creates the force for the movement by pushing against the floor  needs to be securely routed to the floor in order to provide the necessary grip.

Therefore the body needs to be balanced so as to provide stability but the majority of the weight needs to be on the foot that is pushing off.

Forwards to left

When you desire to stop moving forwards come a to a firm stop with both feet planted on the ground, make sure when you stop your weight remains central between the two legs so that you do not topple backwards. Also make sure you are up on your toes, this makes room for give for your heel to come down if there is too much force, helping to maintain balance, a bit like suspension. Place the majority of the weight onto the back foot and then push off the back foot stepping left with the front foot. Make sure your foot moves at a 90 degree angle to the way you are facing and not forwards diagonal.

Forwards to right

When you desire to stop moving forwards come a to a firm stop with both feet planted on the ground, make sure when you stop your weight remains central between the two legs so that you do not topple backwards. Also make sure you are up on your toes, this makes room for give for your heel to come down if there is too much force, helping to maintain balance, a bit like suspension. Place the majority of the weight onto the front foot and then push off the front foot stepping right with the back foot. Make sure your foot moves at a 90 degree angle to the way you are facing and not backwards diagonal.

Backwards to left

When you desire to stop moving backwards come a to a firm stop with both feet planted on the ground, make sure when you stop your weight remains central between the two legs so that you do not topple backwards. Also make sure you are up on your toes, this makes room for give for your heel to come down if there is too much force, helping to maintain balance, a bit like suspension. Place the majority of the weight onto the back foot and then push off the back foot stepping left with the front foot. Make sure your foot moves at a 90 degree angle to the way you are facing and not forwards diagonal.

Backwards to right

When you desire to stop moving backwards come a to a firm stop with both feet planted on the ground, make sure when you stop your weight remains central between the two legs so that you do not topple backwards. Also make sure you are up on your toes, this makes room for give for your heel to come down if there is too much force, helping to maintain balance, a bit like suspension. Place the majority of the weight onto the front foot and then push off the front foot stepping right with the back foot. Make sure your foot moves at a 90 degree angle to the way you are facing and not backwards diagonal.

Using a grid to move all directions

A larger grid can be used to move forwards, backwards, left and right in all directions by using the lines. The person moves forwards or backwards un till they meet a sideways lines, then they can move sideways, following the rules set out before for the grid.