PAN AM Bowling Footwork

pan am bowling    While ‘Walking the Line’ in bowling is not a sobriety test, the two are comparable. Participants in both activities take each step as carefully and as naturally as possible. Just as one might tend to drift, so might the other. Holding, swinging and delivering a bowling ball to hit the target of ten pins down a narrow lane would put any normal gait off-balance. (Not to mention the awkwardness of angling for a ‘spare’.) To achieve or retrieve that balance, bowlers train by walking consistent lines at the same pace with every shot. This consistency ensures that their pendulum arm swing and release of the ball is controlled and accurate.

Steps in the approach: The number is determined by the bowler’s height and type of swing.  Typically, there are four or five steps from the initial stance of parallel feet to the final glide at the foul line. Each step is centered to the body. One foot overlaps (at a height of no more than two inches) in front of the other, not unlike a tightrope acrobat.

The first step:  Like a short walking step, the foot moves from heel to toe and assumes the weight of the body.

The second step:  The ball is placed into swing with the movement of this key short step. The bowler controls and begins to place the ball.

The third step:  Taken heel-toe with a longer stride.  Momentum builds.

The fourth step: Maintaining heel-toe approach with a slightly longer stride and increased momentum.

The fifth step:  Similar to length of fourth step.  Foot begins to slide, finishing up by pointing somewhat to the target, remaining there for several seconds until fully balanced.

Some bowlers use a toe-first power step on their penultimate move, giving a strong push off to the final glide. Each bowler finds her own successful, consistent stride. Without looking, you would recognize a bowler for the repetitive cadence or beat of her footsteps.

Go to – http://www.toronto2015.org/schedule

Resources: 

http://www.toronto2015.org/bowling

http://wserver.flc.losrios.edu/~willson/pact320/handouts/footwork.html

http://www.bowlingball.com/BowlVersity/how-to-walk-your-bowling-footwork-lines

http://webpages.charter.net/bowlfit/articles/ba.pdf

http://www.missiletc.com/monthly_bowling_tips.htm

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.   1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)

TRAINING – COMPETITION – PODIUM

Walking the Tightrope Metaphor

Image

“Peter Brook: The Tightrope” is a documentary film of actors pretending to walk a tightrope. Simon Brook, son of Peter Brook, directed this film which is as much about actor-training as it is about exposing a metaphor.

In fact, the ‘tightrope’ was a rolled-up Persian carpet on which the actors had to maintain balance but were permitted to perform tricks or stunts. Most importantly, they had to convey that they were genuinely suspended in the air, their feet hugging a thin cord.

Peter Brook, a theater director who is nearly 90 years old, coached the actors using both simple and abstract instructions. The participants soon understood the tightrope as a metaphor for the risks we take in life and the risks inherent in every serious acting role.

A.O. Scott, the New York Times film reviewer extended this metaphorical understanding: “At some point, though, perhaps many years after the encounter recorded here, they will peek down at the chasm under their feet and find themselves possessed of the agility and imagination to keep going.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/31/movies/peter-brook-the-tightrope-follows-the-theater-director.html?_r=0

High Jinx on a High Wire over Niagara Falls

Image

On September 14, 1860, Charles Blondin became the first person to cross a tightrope stretched 11,000 feet across the Niagara Falls. He walked back and forth several times … each time with a different daring feat – once in a sack, on stilts, on a bicycle, in the dark, and blindfolded. One time he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet in the middle of the rope! He also crossed while pushing a wheelbarrow holding a sack of potatoes. 

He asked the attentive crowd: “Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?”

           For the rest of this truly unique story, follow the link: http://www.inspire21.com/stories/faithstories/CharlesBlondin

           Photo source for Charles Blondin: http://history1800s.about.com/od/popularentertainment/ig/Images-of-Blondin/

           Short video about Blondin’s amazing feats: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lii9j95tqIw&feature=related

Dancing on the Tightrope between the Twin Towers

On the morning of August 7, 1974, 24-year-old Philippe Petit stepped onto a steel wire between the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan.

A police officer was dispatched to bring him down and observed in helpless amazement that Petit was dancing, and laughing. His feet left the wire as he bounced and resettled on it again. 

 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/biography/newyork-tightrope/

Picture source:  https://www.google.com/#q=philippe+petit+photos

Walking the Tightrope with Faith in God

Image

Sometimes the tightrope is literal:

Balancing act: Nik Wallenda in training for his Grand Canyon walk (Photo: Jason Elias)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/10132372/Nik-Wallenda-The-man-crossing-the-Grand-Canyon-on-a-tightrope.html

Wallenda is religious… His miked-up prayers were heard by millions of viewers as he inched his way along the wire. But he denies he is “testing” God with his stunts. “To test God would be to never train, never practise, and then to walk across the Grand Canyon; or to jump off a building, or throw myself in front of a truck,” he says. “My faith simply means that I have confidence in the fact that if I die, I know where I’m going.”

 

Sometimes the tightrope is figurative:

There is a godly tightrope of dynamic tension between the reality of subjective experience and biblical doctrine.  Let us strive to maintain our balance!  There is a tension – it is supposed to be there!

Goll, Jim W. The Seer: The Prophetic Power of Visions, Dreams, and Open Heavens. Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image, 2004. p. 82-83.