20 Feb Arms and Hands
Using arms and hands is a proper and well-established marking technique that existed before the chest-based one, but there are wrong ways of doing it: 1) disrupting, 2) forceful, and 3) burdening. An example of each of these wrong ways is shown below, for the situation of starting a clockwise pivot of a woman for a back ocho where the man’s marca for the pivot is transmitted from his left hand to her right hand:
Disrupting: the man stretches his left arm and disrupts the balance of the woman.
Forceful: he does not wait for her to start the pivot but hastily keeps pushing beyond her capacity for how quickly she can start the pivot.
Burdening: she pushes his left hand to get the momentum going for the pivot, thus burdening him since he has to fight back the push to keep his posture and balance.
The key to correctly using arms and hands is being gentle, devoid of the three qualities above, so that the pressure at the contact points on arms and hands is used only to convey marcas and establish connection.
Thus, the above example can go as follows: the man gently pushes the woman’s right hand to mark her pivot, just strongly enough for her to recognize the marca but without moving the location of their hands. As she recognizes the push, she gives back the equal amount of push, which establishes the connection and concludes the delivery of the marca. Then, she starts to pivot on her own without pushing him further.