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This coordination builder will let your hand develop a feel for the Balisong in an unnatural position (the back of your hand). Try to breath deeply during this exercise, and Imagine the Balisong "sticking" to the back of your hand.

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step 1
1. Starting position isn't too important, because the Balisong is closed.

This move can be started with a pivot forward (shown), or a Flip-out .

step 2

step 3
3. Allow the Balisong to pivot (or slide) forward, between the Index and Middle fingers.

As you do, rotate the wrist over to the palm down position.

step 4
4. Stop in the Table top position, Balisong on the back of the hand, just below the fingernails.

Hold this position for a few seconds before continuing on.

step 5
5. Tip the wrist (pinky side) down slightly, to start the Balisong sliding, while at the same time moving the hand upward.

step 6
6. This will cause the balisong to flip over, into a position for a forward grip catch.

step 7

step 8
8. Ending catch position.

step 9
9. From here you want to pivot the Balisong back, allowing the handle to move......

step 10
10. .............between the ring finger and pinky.

step 11
11. Now start to rotate the wrist over to the palm down position. Use the ring finger and pinky to help pull the Balisong over the top.

step 12
12. Bring the pinky under, and hold this position. Again, the Balisong should be just below the fingernails.

step 13
13. Now in one quick, smooth movement, switch the hand around (pinky under toward the body...........

step 14
14..............toward the palm up position.

The final Table top position can be held for longer durations as you get better. Moving your hand around in circular motions will also help to develop your coordination.