By Geo Hubela
For the basic tut, start with both arms straight out to your sides in a flat second position at shoulder height, straight wrists, palms facing down, fingers together. Bend the arms up at the elbow and down at the wrists into 90-degree angles. Return to straight arms, then reverse the tut by bending the arms down at the elbow and up at the wrists. Palms always remain facing the floor. Return and repeat, shooting for perfect 90-degree angles at the shoulders, elbows, and wrists.
When the tut is perfected, work on adding opposition. From that same straight-arm starting position, bring the right arm up and the left arm down into opposing tut positions. Return to straight arms, then reverse, bringing left arm up and right arm down. Next, have students move through all four tut positions repeatedly (returning to the straight-arms position between each): both arms in the upward tut position, both down, right up and left down, then left up and right down. Remember: keep palms down. This great hip-hop exercise also tones the arms.
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