Pivoting is a way to change direction from one stance to another without taking a step by rotating body's center of mass around its axis. For example, one can pivot from a left lead horse stance to a right lead horse stance by pivoting the upper body. The stance may change during a pivot, such as from a left lead horse to a right lead back stance.
The pivot serves several purposes:
- Assists directional change
- Provides angular acceleration to drive strikes and throws by rotating body mass into the technique
- Assists stance/position change in that may gain distance when needed in defending or close the distance when attacking without having to take steps
- Rotates body in a way that protects vulnerable targets and draws attacker into counters
- Deflects impacts away from vulnerable internal organs as they bounce off the rotating body mass
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