Athletes, dancers and martial artists all have some sense of a "functional pyramid:" a stable base of support with a flexible upper body that can respond to changing conditions. We can explore this idea by heckling in the lunge position. If you're the coach, add enough instability so that your athlete feels challenged, but capable. As you can see, Sebastien Alary is an ideal example: strong and adaptable. Start in a static lunge, then start moving. For more on functional play, see exuberantanimal.com

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