In response to input and comments from our followers following the most recent post on refinements of the proper compound pivot, I re-post this video. It was first posted to counter assertions that Mike Austin’s teaching were cryptic (versus hands-on). But, it also shows the link between the heel and the pivot. Mike Austin is stepping on my rear heel. When he does so, I can’t even begin to make the pivot. Try the exercise yourself.
Note too the drill Mike used to get the student to feel the compound pivot. Grab your back pocket with and pull upward and forward with your lead arm. Raise that rear heel. (Raising the rear heel and flexing the rear knee also lowers the right hip.) The bottom 6 joints drive the upper 6 joints.
I went back to my mission statement and recalled that I started the blog because I was quite upset at those who were espousing incorrect versions of what Mike Austin taught and claiming that they had figured it out or had taken lessons from Mike (more likely one lesson) and consequently could enlighten Mike Austin fans as to what the great man taught.
Prime example – Here is a student shifting his weight by rolling between the insides of the ankles.
Mike Austin’s response? “Pick up the heel! Pick up the heel!”
To teach otherwise and call it Mike Austin, is, as Mike would say, “A bunch of crap”. Note too, Mike explaining the benefit of a narrow stance enabling you to work with the hips. With a wide stance you are working “against the hips”.