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The Stance (right handers)

This style of throwing is done without a step into the throw. The throw is executed from a modified standing position (Fig. 1). The rear foot may move forward to the position of the forward foot as the follow-through of the throw is completed.

Left handers replace occurances of (right) with (left) and Vice Versa and these guidelines will hold true for you.

Pro Style Stance GIF 1. Foot placement - The left foot toe is placed on the distance mark. The throwing side right foot is a comfortable distance behind the left foot, 2 to 3 feet, and nearly online with the forward foot and target, but slightly to the right of the left foot.

2. The knees should be flexed somewhat to provide ease of shifting the body weight forward during the throw.

3. The knife is held in the right hand in front of the thrower at about chest level. The left hand is steadying the throwing hand. The elbows should not be resting on the stomach or sides but rather out in front of the throwers body and spaced less than shoulders width apart.

4. The aim is most generally that of picking a spot on the target and bringing the hands and knife to the position where your eye(s), the knife and the aiming spot are all on line. This is the position the thrower brings to bear for concentration, consistant repetition and familiarization to execute the throw.

The Windup (right handers)
Pro Style Stance GIF 5. The windup is started by bringing the right throwing hand back towards and alongside the head (Fig. 2).

6. The body rocks back slightly while the left arm is extended towards the target aiming point. The throwing arm continues backward motion to the "cocked" posistion (Fig. 3).

The Throw (right handers)
7. The lunge is started by beginning forward motion of the right throwing arm. At the same time the left arm begins to swing backwards and the body shifts forward (Fig. 4).

8. The release is performed as the right throwing arm is in full forward motion and at the apex of the right arm's movement. At this time the body weight has shifted to the left foot, the right foot has left the ground slightly, and the left arm has swung behind the throwers body (Fig. 5).

The Follow Through (right handers)
9. The follow-through is completed by the smooth continued movement of the right throwing hand coming to stop as if reaching for the ground (Fig. 6.), the left arm continuing rearward motion to counter balance the forward lean (Fig. 6.) and the right foot coming to rest near the left forward foot to regain balance (Fig. 7 and 8).

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