Getting a great extension is what gives us more length in the stroke. As we aim to improve our dragonboat technique we have to consider how our body relates to the technical aspects of the dragonboat stroke.
In this video I share 2 cheats that are related to extension in the dragon boat stroke. Often times we can be aware of what we look like if we have seen ourselves on video but unless the body can “feel” proper form it is not a habitual pattern of movement.
Rounding in the shoulders, jutting the chin forward and rounding in the low back by sitting into the fleshy part of our butts are signs that the core is disengaged. This breaking the chain along the spine then causes the extension to be all arms when the bigger firing pattern within the core is now lost.