Hips: The hands are placed on the hips, with shoulders, elbows and thumbs well back. (See Fig. 2.) The position of “Hips” is that of “Attention” with the hands placed on the hips, the fingers forward and the thumbs back, at the same time keeping the shoulders and elbows well back.
Head: The hands are placed behind the neck, index finger-tips just touching and elbows forced back. (See Fig. 3.)
[Illustration: Fig. 3.—Head
In the position called “Head” the body is still in the position of “Attention,” the neck pushed well back, the fingers and the hands just touching behind the neck, and the elbows not allowed to push forward but kept as far back as the shoulders.]
In the position called “Head” the body is still in the position of “Attention,” the neck pushed well back, the fingers and the hands just touching behind the neck, and the elbows not allowed to push forward but kept as far back as the shoulders.
Speed Test: The above three exercises, “Hands, Hips, Head,” should be executed but a few times each, being preparatory to the “Speed Test.” For this the pupil should concentrate his thought on running through the above set as rapidly as possible, at the same time making each position correct.
Success comes from service.
Don’t make excuses. Make good.
If you feel tired, remember so does the other man.
After a hearty meal, stand up straight for fifteen minutes.
Your squad is only as good as the poorer ones. Don’t be one of those.
The success of the drill depends upon the concentration of each man of the squad.
If you have a stake in life, it is worth playing the game for all there is in it.
The man who gets things is the one who pulls up his belt a hole tighter and goes out after them.
If you will save your smoke till after luncheon, you’ll never have smoker’s heart.
A bath, cold if you please, hot if you must, with a good rub, starts the day right.
Grind: (The order is “Shoulder Grind. Ready—Cross. Balance Turn. Grind!”) Assume the “Cross" position. (See Fig. 2, Chapter V.) The palms are then turned up, with the backs of the hands down and the arms forced back as far as possible. (See Fig. 4.)
[Illustration: Fig. 4.—Grind
In the “Grind” special precaution should be taken not to let the center of the circle, that the hands are making, come in front of the shoulders; an attempt should almost be made to make the shoulder-blades meet. This is particularly necessary on the reverse.]
Then to a measured counting—“One, two, three, four, five,” up to ten—circles of twelve-inch diameter are described with the finger tips, the latter moving forward and upward, the arms remaining stiff and pivoting from the shoulders. On the backward movement of the circle the arms should be forced back to the limit. A complete circle should be described at each count. Then reverse, going through the same process, the circles being described in the opposite direction.